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 International Conference of Humanitarian Studies every two years. More information about the latest conference can be found on the conference website.

More information about our goals and objectives can be found in our Vision Paper which was drafted in May 2017.