Health and Human Rights Program

About the Program

The Health and Human Rights Program promotes the health and protection of marginalized populations affected by humanitarian crises. Through applied research and technical assistance, the program partners with local and international humanitarian organizations to develop new tools, guidelines, and interventions.

In partnership with the International Rescue Committee, the Health and Human Rights Program recently received a major grant from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance to improve the safety and effectiveness of cash transfers for vulnerable populations in emergencies. Through the Safer Cash Project, the Program will conduct formative research on protection risks in conflict-affected settings in the Middle East and West Africa, develop a toolkit to help humanitarian actors to reach the most vulnerable groups with cash assistance, and pilot and evaluate the impact of the toolkit. 

The new program also partners with Save the Children to study child marriage in humanitarian settings and design interventions to prevent child marriage and support married girls. The program issued its first report in summer 2018: Toward an End to Child Marriage. 

Presenting initial findings
from Cameroon and Afghanistan




Toward an End to Child Marriage:
Lessons from Research and Practice in
Development and Humanitarian Settings