Humanitarian Horizons is a three-year research program designed and delivered by Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) in partnership with trusted national and regional partners and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The program aims to generate evidence through research to support more effective and ethical humanitarian action in the Asia and Pacific regions. It comprises three interlocking research streams: 1) Power, People and Local Leadership, 2) Greening the System, and 3) Real Time Analysis and Influence. A fourth stream which consists of governance, accountability, inclusion, and monitoring, evaluation and learning processes, anchors the program.
Humanitarian Horizons 2021–24 builds on the achievements of its first iteration, Humanitarian Horizons 2018-2021, which were documented in the program’s 2020 independent Mid Term Review.
HAG’s partnership-based approach to research underpins the influence and reach of the first program, reflecting organisational values and the need for more locally grounded and relevant research in and on the humanitarian sector. This collaborative approach, carried over and enhanced in the program’s current iteration, contributes to the formulation of innovative methodologies that help to build sector-wide knowledge and evidence. It allows the development of practical tools that help to drive change in humanitarian response on the ground, highlighting the gap between intention and action, and providing ways to bridge it.