Humanitarian Horizons Research Programme

The humanitarian space is facing unprecedented challenges. With more protracted crises in the world than ever before and demand for humanitarian funding at an all-time high, humanitarian actors need
 to be more effective and efficient. 

Australia is a key contributor to the humanitarian world, providing government and public funding, technical support and personnel, and research and thinking that contributes to improving the humanitarian system.

Launched in 2017, the Humanitarian Horizons Research Programme, supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was established to both inform and elevate the profile of humanitarian action in Asia and the Pacific.

Latest Humanitarian Horizons publications 

Women and Humanitarian Media Roundtable Outcomes Document (2018)

Women’s Voice in Humanitarian Media. No Surprises. (2018)

Intention to Impact: Measuring Localisation (2018)

When the Rubber Hits the Road: Local Leadership in the First 100 Days of the Rohingya Crisis Response (2017)

2017-2018 PROGRAMME


  • Establishment of a Research Advisory Committee (RAC)
  • Scoping research priorities for three-year program
  • Research Project 1: Localising humanitarian action in Asia and the Pacific
  • Research Project 2: Diverse humanitarian leadership
  • Practice Paper 1: Local leadership in the Rohingya response
  • Practice Paper 2: LGBTIQ+ inclusion in humanitarian response
  • Development of communications and engagement strategy

Research Advisory Committee

The research program is informed and shaped by strategic advice from key stakeholders in the region. The Research Advisory Committee consists of members comprising of a private sector representatives, academics and peak body representatives. The role of the Research Advisory Committee is to provide strategic advice for the research program and inform research priorities, processes and findings.

Scoping report on research priorities in the region

The first phase of the research involved mapping out the research priorities for the region to shape a more comprehensive three-year program. The scoping process involved consultation with key research partners and other regional and global stakeholders. Humanitarian actors in Asia and the Pacific were invited to rank our research ideas by their practicality for informing their work, and encouraged to suggest completely new ideas.

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