Spearheaded by International Medical Corps, in collaboration with Concern Worldwide and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Building a Better Response project is being implemented through a consortium that leverages a unique combination of operational and technical expertise. Through a consultative and multi-targeted approach, the program is producing capacity strengthening tools that increase the impact of emergency responders. These tools will be broadly disseminated through global networks, including international and national-level NGO consortia, in order to ensure maximum exposure and impact.
About International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
About Concern Worldwide
Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of poverty in the world’s poorest regions. Concern is active in 27 countries and implements emergency response programs as well as long-term development programs in the areas of livelihoods, health, HIV&AIDS, and education.
Concern brings over 45 years of experience helping the poorest and most vulnerable communities to this project, ensuring that the voices of all participants are heard.
About Harvard Humanitarian Initiative / Humanitarian Academy at Harvard
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is University-wide center supported by Harvard University's Office of the Provost and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health through the Department of Global Health and Population. HHI’s mission is to:
- Improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies for relief, protection, and prevention through research, humanitarian programs;
- Instill human rights principles and practices in these strategies; and,
- Educate and train the next generation of humanitarian leaders.
HHI's programs span a broad spectrum of relevant research areas, including humanitarian technology, vulnerable populations, women in war, implementation science, humanitarian coordination, disaster resilience, civil-military engagement, and climate and urbanization. HHI launched the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard in 2012. The Academy is one of the first systematic educational programs for humanitarian workers offered by a major global university, established to help build knowledge and skills among prospective and current aid workers on the front lines of humanitarian relief work and in leadership roles.