The aim of IHSA is to strengthen and advance a global network of universities, specialised research centres, inter-governmental and non governmental organisations in order to enhance a better alignment between knowledge, policy and practice in resolving humanitarian crises.

To achieve this aim, IHSA shall support activities to:

  1. secure and develop institutional and personal contacts between humanitarian scholars policymakers and practitioners throughout the world;
  2. convene meetings and regularly scheduled world conferences;
  3. encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information on developments in the humanitarian field;
  4. facilitate and promote international research in the humanitarian field;
  5. prepare and disseminate publications on topics relevant to work field of the IHSA. 

A major IHSA activity is facilitating the World Conference of Humanitarian Studies every two years.

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