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Welcome to the world of

Humanitarian Observatories

– organized spaces where participants, representing diverse actors, come together to discuss a wide range of topics related to humanitarian governance.


Our mission is to foster collaboration, learning, strategic thinking, and actionable change for a more resilient and compassionate world.

Humanitarian Observatories:
Understanding Humanitarian Governance

In partnership with esteemed organizations in focus countries, the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University has successfully established Humanitarian Observatories in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Latin America, and South Asia.   These observatories serve as organized spaces where participants representing diverse actors come together to discuss a wide range of topics related to humanitarian governance.


Now, we aim to extend this transformative initiative to the Philippines.

This initiative is supported by the the Humanitarian Studies Center (HSC) and Humanitarian Governance Project (HumGov) . HSC is a hive of initiatives and activities aimed at academic and applied research; teaching and training; networking, outreach, and advocacy. The HSC is part of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam and has an advisory board consisting of humanitarian studies scholars and representatives from practice. The Centre was established with the stipend attached to the Spinoza Prize – the highest science award in the Netherlands – that was granted to HSC director Thea Hilhorst in 2022.

Core Purposes

In the vibrant context of the Philippines, we acknowledge the richness of knowledge and experience in humanitarian and development, including peace (the triple nexus). Our vision is to share this wealth with like-minded individuals and organizations, not only within the country but across borders.

Through initiatives of the Center for Disaster Preparedness like Talakawayan – Talakayan para sa Katatagan, we tackle policy reform, localization, community philanthropy, and the empowerment of affected populations. Together, we forge a path towards the society we envision, transforming the ecosystem of humanitarian and development actions.


The Role of Humanitarian Observatory

For CDP, this exciting endeavor opens the doors to collaborative assessments and evaluations in humanitarian emergencies. Our journey begins with the Typhoon Odette experience alongside DRRNetPhils and NAPC-VDC, initiating a transformational process. We focus on the following workstreams:

  • Collaborative/Coordinative Humanitarian Response: As the Philippines faces recurring typhoons and storms, we learn and innovate through collaboration, addressing challenges, and planning for effective responses.

  • Transforming the Aid System and Humanitarian Architecture: Our localization agenda shifts leadership to national and local actors, decolonizing aid and fostering a direct, effective approach to support.

  • Influencing and Learning: By sharing good practices and experiences, we inspire resilience and anticipatory action, fostering active learning among stakeholders.


Inspiring a Just and Equal Society

Our efforts towards localization, community philanthropy, and shifting the power contribute to building the society we desire – one rooted in social justice and equality. We embrace new power values, paving the way for civil society organizations and people's organizations to lead change in their communities and beyond.

Join Us in the Journey of Change

Are you passionate about humanitarian governance and creating a better world? Join us in the Humanitarian Observatory movement.


Together, we can drive positive change, ensuring no one is left behind in times of crisis.


Sign up now to learn more and become a part of this influential movement.

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