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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group

Formally launched in early 2014 as an initiative of the Humanitarian Assistance program, the Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group (HAARG) provides students with supervised opportunities to be involved in needs assessment, program evaluation and other forms of applied research with humanitarian organizations.

By being linked to humanitarian agencies through HAARG, students have opportunities to apply knowledge gained from their classes in a real-world context. This gives them a competitive advantage in searching for international internships and in the post-graduation job market. This is especially true for monitoring and evaluation positions within humanitarian organizations. Humanitarian agencies benefit from having qualified research assistants supporting  needs that cannot always be fulfilled internally due to staffing and other resource and capacity challenges.

While working on HAARG projects, research assistants can reach out for additional support from seasoned professionals including DU alumni, and faculty with applicable experience. The HAARG director is also a resource and has worked with United Nations and other humanitarian agencies for many years, and is a humanitarian researcher with recent grant-funded projects in Nepal, Haiti, Malaysia, and Lebanon. 

To date, HAARG has worked with various United Nations agencies, and INGO's including - UNHCR, International Medical Corps (IMC), Internal Rescue Committee (IRC), Oxfam America, Save the Children, CARE, Norwegian Red Cross and many more. HAARG also supports capacity building and other initiatives for local community-based organizations. Although research assistants are university-based, project locations have included Haiti, Nepal, the Philippines, Bangladesh, South Africa, Zambia, DRC, Mali, Liberia, Libya, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Columbia, Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and more. Projects have focused primarily on global health, disaster mitigation, and interpersonal violence, but have also included - emergency education, food security, humanitarian finance, and other areas. 

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