A note on our name
Hag, n. From‘hægtasse’, a female orator, a figure greatly feared and respected. From ‘hegge’, a foot in two realities – the world of the village (home) and the wild world beyond.
One of our earliest research projects took an in-depth look at humanitarian financing in Australia for the Humanitarian Partnership Agreement.
Protection of Civilians
From 2013-2015, we facilitated the development of The Australian Guidelines for the Protection of Civilians.
Protection Mainstreaming Training
In 2013 we commenced partnership with Australian Red Cross to provide protection mainstreaming training.
In 2013 we established a multi-year project with the Australian aid programme, including review of Australia’s humanitarian aid in Myanmar and study exploring how business engages in humanitarian operations throughout the Pacific region.
Internship Program Launch
In 2014 we officially launched our internship programme. We select the brightest students enrolled in university study, who share our passion for excellence and want to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world opportunities. We’ve hosted students from The University of Melbourne, Monash University, La Trobe University, RMIT University and the Swedish Defence University.
Civil-military-police coordination in disaster management
In 2013 we partnered with the Australian Civil Military Centre to research civil-military-police coordination in disaster management from the perspective of South-East Asian Countries.
Our team expands
In 2014 and 2015 we expanded our team. Sally Shevach joined as Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights Specialist, now based in Bangkok as our Regional Associate – Asia. Jo-Hannah Lavey joined us as a staff member, has been on field-based deployment for the last two years and will be re-joining the team later this year.
Our longest standing NGO Partner
We supported Caritas Australia in the development of their Integral Human Development framework in 2015 and have since supported research projects and facilitated learning events.
Training of Trainers
As part of our long-standing training relationship with Australian Red Cross, in 2014 we delivered the first Training of Trainers.
Supporting the AHA Centre
We delivered technical and training support in disaster monitoring and emergency response to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) under the 2014-16 New Zealand Aid Programme.
Evaluation of Australia's response to the Syria crisis
Our team has been involved in evaluating the Australian Response to the Syrian Crisis in 2014.
University of Melbourne Joint Events Program
In 2015 and 2016 we co-organised a series of Professional Practice Seminars, career days, and alumni events with the Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne.
Australia’s National Action Plan on WPS
Funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet we lead the Independent Interim Review of Australia’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)
Supporting HPA agencies
In 2015 and 2016 we supported the Australia’s Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA) agencies, acting as Response Committee stand-in chair, facilitating lessons learned events, and researching inclusive practice in the Nepal Earthquake Response.
Evaluation of IHL Program at Australian Red Cross
In 2016 we were commissioned to evaluate the International Humanitarian Law program at Australian Red Cross.
Launch of the ‘Off the Record’ Series
In 2016 we held our inaugural ‘Off the Record’ event, and continue to host other events in the series.
Evaluating Australia’s Response to Cyclone Pam
Our team was involved in co-leading the evaluation Australia’s response to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu with the Office of Development Effectiveness of DFAT.
World Humanitarian Summit
We attended the Summit to witness world leaders commit to the Agenda for Humanity. In the lead-up, we conducted research on private sector engagement in the Pacific, attended the Pacific consultation in Auckland, and spoke on women in leadership at the Summit.
Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Response
The aim of the research is to provide an understanding to multilateral practitioners of how civil-military coordination mechanisms can be established, and regional civil-military coordination guidance applied, as part of disaster responses efforts, focussing on five priority countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Philippines.
Women in Humanitarian Leadership Research
We conducted research on Women in Humanitarian Leadership, funded by the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership.
The Future of Humanitarian Action in Asia and the Pacific: The WHS and beyond
In partnership with the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, we co-hosted this event to examine the outcomes of the WHS and the practical implications for Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Researching Localisation in the Pacific
In partnership with Centre for Humanitarian Leadership and Fiji National University and funded by Australian Red Cross, we are conducting research on the localisation of humanitarian aid in the Pacific.