RECAP project

RLI are core partners in the £7.5m RECAP (Research capacity building and knowledge generation to support preparedness and response to humanitarian crises and epidemics) project, which will bring together leading international organisations to shape and improve humanitarian policies.

It is funded through Research Councils UK Collective Fund, which is part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and led by Professor Bayard Roberts of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

As a major international project it aims to help aid organisations improve their preparedness and responses to humanitarian crises and epidemics.

In the thick of natural disasters or war, aid groups work through the chaos to bring basic services – and dignity – to the victims. In such a tough environment it’s hard to stand back and study what’s going on, collect data and assess whether and how aid could be better delivered. Yet it’s vital to find a way of examining it critically, if responses are to improve and the health of those caught up in crises is to be protected.

RECAP will create a network to tackle this research problem – and it has some of the big players in humanitarian aid on board. The network will include leading organisations in the UK, as well as the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon, and the University of Sierra Leone. Working with Médecins san Frontières, the International Rescue Committee, and the largest NGO in the world – Bangladesh’s BRAC – they are going to build research skills and conduct studies in some of the world’s hotspots.

The result should be better research methods and strong links between all the organisations, leading, in turn, to improved humanitarian policies – and, ultimately, the safeguarding of victims’ health.

Within the RECAP project, the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) will lead on accountability in the protection sector and contribute to work on accountability in the health sector.