A key pillar of the work of the Social Science for Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP) is the helpdesk service responding to social science queries that arise in humanitarian crises. The Platform works with 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 emergency response interventions.

In the form of rapid synthesis reports, guidance notes or briefs, the SSHAP platform provides intelligence on key features of the local context and how they directly influence the strategy and implementation of the overall humanitarian response. You can find compilations of the resources produced by the platform here.

Cholera Epidemic in Somalia and the Somali Region of Ethiopia

This collection explores the determinants of risk and vulnerability to cholera in the context of drought in Somalia and the Somali region of Ethiopia in 2017. It outlines the practices, structural constraints, behavioural factors and social norms that increase the risk of transmission and explores the contextual factors that shape treatment-seeking. The evidence review and guidance notes give practical recommendations to humanitarian agencies on how to adapt responses to the specific political, social and cultural context.
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Ebola Outbreak: Équateur Province, DRC

This collection includes briefings on the recent Ebola outbreak in Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (May- July 2018). The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform have supported UNICEF, WHO, IFRC and other partners through the production of these evidence briefs highlighting key socio-cultural considerations relevant to control of the disease in that context.
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Ebola Outbreak: North Kivu, DRC

This collection includes briefings on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (August 2018- present). The Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform have supported UNICEF, WHO, IFRC and other partners through the production of these evidence briefs highlighting key socio-cultural considerations relevant to control of the disease in that context.
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Rohingya Refugee Crisis

This report analyses the socio-normative values, beliefs and practices of the Rohingya around health, wellbeing and nutrition, and around the protection of children, adolescents and women (including gender norms) in the context of mass displacement from Myanmar to refugee camps in Bangladesh. The report provides practical information of Rohingya social and cultural practices so as to best tailor service delivery and emergency programming in the camps.
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Social Science in Epidemics: Lessons Learned

This collection collates reports from the ‘Social Science in Epidemics’ series. In this series different aspects of past disease outbreaks are reviewed in order to identify social science ‘entry points’ for emergency interventions and preparedness activities. This evidence will come together to determine tangible ways to better address the social, political and economic dynamics of epidemics; and to ensure that interventions build on the social and cultural resources of the communities they aim to support.
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Venezuelan Displacement

This report explores xenophobic discourses and discriminatory practices against Venezuelans in Ecuador, as well as positive experiences of social inclusion of migrants in the country. It reflects on previous lessons learned in the country and in the region and it gives recommendations for future community engagement programmes and communication strategies.
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