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The establishment of Program on Humanitarian Action (POHA) was motivated by the needs to build an academic framework for humanitarian action in international arena. Humanitarian action was build based on the principle of humanity, neutrality, impartiality which mentioned in Geneva Convention (Jocelyn, 2009). Barnet on his publication has emphasized the principle of ‘humanity’ as the foundation for humanitarian action (Barnett, 2008). This principle requires humanitarian workers to addressed human suffering where veritis found by providing particular attention to the mostvulnerable population. In this regard, the dignity and rights of all victims must berespected and protected (UN OCHA).

Humanitarian Action is crucial concept to explain the intervention during humanitarian crises. Natural disasters, armed conflict and complex humanitarian emergencies are parts of humanitarian crises which create a serious disruption to society. In order to response these crises, many actors e.g. states, international organizations and non-government organizations, strive to contribute for the relief, recovery and rehabilitation program. Within this context, it is insistent to perceive the mechanism of humanitarian action and the relations pattern between actors in the field. Some issues such as the effectiveness of aid, sustainability of the program and accountability of humanitarian actors turns to be one of the areas of research.

Program on Humanitarian Action (POHA) will concentrate on three activities: research, training and advocacy. Researches activities will become a foundation for training curriculum and advocacy activities. Through this design, a comprehensive analysis on humanitarian action can be guaranteed.

Seven reasons why you should collaborate with us:

1. Comprehensive Approaches
We offer you comprehensive approaches on the issue of humanitarian action. Our research product has covers many important aspects in the area of disaster management, politics, law, social and management of humanitarian business.

2. Innovative Trainings
Our trainings will provide significant tools of analysis which can be used by academician, humanitarian workers and policy makers. These tools are part of the research outcome which organized before the trainings.

3. Field Assessment
If necessary, we will conduct a field assessment as part of the research methods. This activity will be used to collect a complete data thus the validity of research analysis can be guaranteed. For instance, one of our researches on ‘Humanitarian Action and Sustainable Development in the Rehabilitation Program on Post Merapi Eruption’ has used field observation in one of affected area in Central Java as the research method.

4. Fine Researchers
Our researchers have an educational background from respected universities in Indonesia and abroad. They have many years of experience in their respective field: disaster management, international relations, politics, law, social and management of humanitarian business.

5. Networks
We has established a networking with many organizations such as the United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), USAID, Erasmus Mundus Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), Yayasan Lestari Indonesia (local NGOs), Rijksuniversiteit of Groningen (the Netherlands), Uppsala Universiteit (Sweden), Columbia University (United States of America), Nagoya University (Japan), Australian National University (Australia), etc.

6. Database
We have a comprehensive database in the issue of humanitarian action. This database is collected from various resources such as newspaper, internet, journals, books, interviews, research. The database plays essential roles on the process of case building as well as the establishment of recommendations.

Last updated: 29 May 2012