About Humanitarian Futures
Humanitarian Futures is for those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities who will have to prepare for a world in which the types of humanitarian crises, their dimensions and dynamics are increasing – in many ways, exponentially.
The Humanitarian Futures website is designed to assist those who recognise this fact, and are determined to meet the consequent challenges. It is based upon the work of the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) at King’s College, London from 2004 to 2015.
In its efforts to help prepare the humanitarian sector for the future, the HFP worked with a wide range of those from the natural and social sciences, governments and community organisations, international and regional governmental and non-governmental organisations, the private sector and the military.
Over twelve years, the tools in the Humanitarian Futures Toolkit, like most of the material found on this site, have been developed, tried and tested in various forums in many countries and continents. In East, West and Southern Africa; South East Asia and the Far East; in addition to South and North America, the practical importance of the Humanitarian Future’s message and approaches have been acknowledged as an essential step towards preparing for the future.
The toolkit, as well as other sections of the website, also reflect close collaboration from 2004 to 2016 between, amongst others, Tufts University’s Feinstein International Center, and the UK based Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group.
While we feel that the resources this website has to offer now have very practical benefits, we also recognise that there are many things that others can offer in terms of strategic planning for the future. This is why – with all the work and testing we have undertaken to date – we still are very aware that your inputs, additions and suggestions will be essential if the objectives of the Humanitarian Futures website are to be of use to the wider humanitarian community.
For this reason the website has a central interact section – to ensure that over a decade’s experience continues to be relevant for those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities.
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