What is the Humanitarian Library?
The Humanitarian Library is designed as a global clearinghouse for regional humanitarian knowledge. As a user-oriented resource, it is designed to be the first reference for both sharing and searching for field-relevant documents. The resource is as useful as our global community of local actors makes it. The more relevant documents are shared, the more the library will be of use overall. The more documents have feedback from users, the more others can refer to the most pertinent resources.
If you don't find what you're looking for here, and you find it elsewhere, come back and put a link to that resource so the next person won't need to do the same search. If you're an expert on a particular subject or region, why not create a channel of must-read documents from the library to have others familiarise themselves with the same topic?
We're fortunate in the humanitarian community to all essentially be working for the same goals, so we understand the importance of good information and knowledge sharing to make everyone else's lives that much easier, and ultimately achieve better practice in the field. The Humanitarian Library is the manifestation of this ideal. If you agree and have documents you think would be useful for others in the field, this is the best place to disseminate them.
Why the Humanitarian Library?
The global humanitarian community has developed a vast body of knowledge over the years, captured in countless reports, videos, books, and other documentation. For other humanitarian actors working in the same region, however, it has been a challenge to actually track down this information. The Humanitarian Library intends to address this by gathering all of our community's knowledge into one place.
The Humanitarian Library is not intended to duplicate existing resources, but rather to complement them by facilitating links to the right information sources. Sources included in the library's document base get higher distribution by being easier to find.
This platform was launched in late 2013, so its document base is a reflection of user adoption since then. Development of the concept was undertaken by Shelter Centre, a Geneva-based NGO focused on supporting a global humanitarian community of practice who work to address the transitional settlement and reconstruction needs of populations affected by conflicts and natural disasters. Funding for the development was provided by USAID.