Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2)

HI² Core Research

HI² conducts and facilitates interdisciplinary research on pressing global humanitarian challenges. Here we highlight research projects that are being carried out and managed by our core HI² team.

Civilian-Military Coordination in Humanitarian Response

This collaborative project between the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative and the U.S. Naval War College’s Humanitarian Response Program, supported by a two-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, seeks to expand the evidence-base for effective civilian-military coordination in humanitarian response while developing new avenues for information sharing between humanitarian, military, and academic communities. More >

Predictive Tool for Management of Pediatric Diarrhea

Bayesian Diagnostic for Etiological Management of Pediatric Diarrhea

The Humanitarian Innovation Initiative has received funding from the Gates Foundation to develop a predictive tool to guide the treatment of pediatric diarrhea. HI² will be working with the University of Utah (project lead) on developing and testing a smartphone decision app that can provide healthcare workers with probability estimates of the etiology of individual cases of diarrhea in children. More >

Contemplative Peace Building for Ex-Combatants in Colombia

The goal for this project is to develop and implement a framework using contemplative practices for healing and peacebuilding with ex-combatants in the demilitarization process in Colombia. Over two years, the project team will work in Medellin, Colombia with a local non-profit to develop and refine this framework through a combination of qualitative, behavioral, and physiological research methodologies. The framework will be integrated into the local partner's core programming and we will produce a manual for use in Colombia and in other global peacebuilding contexts.