Innovation In Humanitarian Response

Europe is the main provider of development and humanitarian aid and is currently hosting a large number of refugees. The existing training provision on Humanitarian Action at European and international level has an insufficient focus on evidence-based analysis and is not satisfactorily supported by innovative practice-based teaching, learning and research methodologies. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can bring added value in this field by offering a set of research methodologies that are based on rigorous approaches.

The InovHumRe – Innovation In Humanitarian Response project aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of Humanitarian Action through the improvement of the qualification of Humanitarian Action students and professionals. To this end, the project will develop and implement a course unit in Evaluation of Humanitarian Action in the Master of Science courses in the various partner universities. The course unit will be based on innovative methodological approaches, namely participatory evaluation in HA, and will contribute to the development of new learning tools that incorporate the contributions of HEIs and partner Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) directly involved in humanitarian action, thus filling the skills gaps in this area.


Overall: To improve the quality and effectiveness of Humanitarian Action (HA) through the qualification of HA students and professionals by implementing a curriculum unit on the evaluation of HA and the development of learning.

Specific: To improve the quality and relevance of teaching in the topic of participatory assessment in European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), specifically in refugee integration programmes; to innovate in teaching methodologies in the area of HA, to develop new instruments and tools, both at the pedagogical and substantive level, that can be replicated in different contexts; and to match skills to training needs at the professional level, thus contributing to improving the effectiveness of HA in the field.



  • Higher Education Institutions, which will have an innovative curricular unit and will strengthen their relationship with NGOs;
  • Students, who will benefit from an innovative methodology and an Intensive Study Programme;
  • Teachers, who will develop and deliver an innovative curricular unit, reinforcing their teaching skills through the application of innovative methodologies;
  • NGOs, who will contribute to the project’s results and benefit from collaborators with enhanced professional skills.


  • Migrants, refugees and other HA beneficiaries who will be supported by more qualified staff.


Comprehensive systematisation of existing participatory evaluation approaches and needs applied to Humanitarian Action and in particular with regard to emergency response and refugee integration and clear identification of best practices and priority areas.

To contribute in an innovative way to teaching in HA.

  • Adaptation of teaching/learning tools in the area of participatory assessment;
  • Adaptation to the digital transition, strengthening capacities for distance learning, essential for professionals active in humanitarian contexts;
  • Capacity building of 19 HEI teachers, 65 students and 9 NGO staff to develop and implement assessment methods and systems in the field of HA teaching;
  • Capacity building of 19 HEI teachers, 65 students and 9 NGO staff in distance learning.

Improving joint strategic work between HEIs and between HEIs and NGOs.

Raise awareness among stakeholders in Europe through dissemination events.


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