Building a value-based community in humanitarian research and practice

  • Richter, Katharina (Manager)
  • Singh, Neha (Principal Investigator)
  • Lokot, Michelle (Co-Investigator)
  • Hafez, Sali (Researcher)
  • Clarke, Amber (Manager)

Project Details


This project was a collaboration between the Fight Against Institutional Racism network at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre to build a value-based community, oriented towards decolonising global health. The project produced a public-facing charter and practical implementation guidance to support HHCC’s efforts to decolonise their work with the overarching goal of embedding decolonial practice into their work and challenging the colonial history and legacies within research, teaching and partnerships. This work is underpinned by a recognition that coloniality - or the logic of domination - continues to impact efforts to improve health in humanitarian settings.

The charter represents a set of concrete commitments and corresponding actions to be regularly discussed and updated within the HHCC community.

The charter is based on mixed methods research. Firstly, a scoping review of current practical guidance on decolonising global/humanitarian health research teaching and practice was undertaken. Rapid qualitative research was then conducted with relevant internal HHCC members and external
actors (including donors and collaborators) to understand the barriers and facilitators to decolonising as perceived by Centre members and stakeholders. Finally, internal HHCC members reviewed and discussed the findings and draft Charter and Implementation Guidance during design workshops and online consultation opportunities.
Effective start/end date1/07/2231/03/23

Structured keywords

  • International Development
  • Decolonisation
  • global health
  • humanitarian health


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