This is a resource to support collaboration between humanitarian and academic organisations. Based on the experiences and lessons learned by people in both communities who have worked together, it is a practical guide to the opportunities and challenges specific to humanitarian-academic collaboration.
Benefits of collaboration are enormous, both for humanitarian practice and for academic work to help tackle major humanitarian challenges. Humanitarian organisations gain from the input of academic expertise to ensure robust methodology for research, technical expertise for operational issues and a long-term perspective to build understanding and evidence of effectiveness and change. Universities benefit from direct access to the field, the ability to test theories and the opportunity to engage in the application of research.