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Chamutal Eitam-Afek en Liesbet Heyse receive funding from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF)

21 June 2011

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce that its staff member Chamutal Eitam (Humanitarian Action Program NOHA / ICOG PhD student) together with Dr. Liesbet Heyse (Assistant Professor in Sociology/Faculty ofBehavioural and Social Sciences) have been awarded a subsidy from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund of€ 160,000. Originating in her ongoing PhD research project entitled ‘organisational learning and evaluation practices in humanitarian organisations’ Eitam together with Heyse, whom specialises in the performance and professionalization of humanitarian and nongovernmental organizations , applied for funding with the ‘The Humanitarian Lessons-learned Genome Project 1.0. - Facilitating the full use of evaluative processes in the humanitarian sector’. The project aims to develop an open-source technology in which evaluation data will be more easily and widely accessible for the humanitarian community. The overall goal will be the more efficient use of knowledge in present day, highly complex, humanitarian practice. Eitam en Heyse aim to develop an instrument to‘decipher’ the hereditary ‘DNA’ patterns of humanitarian aid (i.e. the Genome) so as to provide humanitarian organisations with access to a potent learning device for their day-to-day activities in headquarters and the field.

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative solutions to the challenges facing operational agencies in the delivery of effective humanitarian aid. From more than 180 project proposals the one from Groningen (together with three others) have been selected for their quality and audacity. In January 2012 the project will start. For more detailed information, contact and

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