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The Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development Platform aims to establish networks of social scientists with regional and subject expertise to rapidly provide insight, analysis and advice, tailored to demand and in accessible forms, to better design and implement the social and communication dimensions of emergency responses.

The Platform, launched in early 2017, is a partnership between UNICEF and Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and support from Anthrologica. UNICEF is the convener and provides direction to the thematic areas covered by the platform and linkages to the broader global humanitarian community. IDS brings in the social science, anthropology and communication for development expertise to build the evidence-base for the platform and nurture relationships with local network of researchers. Anthrologica will focus on developing orientation and capacity building of local researchers and partners to conduct rapid research and support field deployments.

We welcome contributions which add to the social science discussion on any of our cross-cutting themes, regions, emerging or ongoing crises. This website exists to make recommendations, research and evidence rapidly available to all. Please send us material you would like to be uploaded, we have no set format or criteria for publication though we will review material for quality and relevance. Providing we have the author’s permission, briefings, working papers, articles, or other media can be uploaded. Blogs hosted on other sites can be linked so they appear in the blogs section.

The Platform features summaries and links to editorially-selected publications on the key themes. The documents are sourced from academic research, policy papers and global development organisations.We organise resources into the following categories:

  • Briefings – Short documents and guidelines
  • Background reports – Literature and learning from past events
  • Evidence synthesis – Thematic expertise drawn together from a range of global resources
  • Foresight reports – Understanding the implications of present and future trends
  • Technical tools – Best practise and practical reflections

To join our network of experts, find out more or to send your contributions, please email