The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance promotes the exchange of new ideas, previously unpublished research, and the critical write-up of field experience by field workers and researchers in humanitarian assistance.

JHA offers the humanitarian assistance community the opportunity to receive and provide rapid public feedback on cutting-edge ideas. This community includes humanitarian field workers and agency officials, scholars and researchers, government officials and residents of countries affected by crises and disasters, and donor agency officials.


JHA was founded by Jim Whitman and colleagues at the University of Bradford in 1994 to fill the gap between peer-reviewed journals, where articles can require a year or longer to appear in print from the time of submission, and routine agency reporting. Under Whitman’s editorship, the Journal published over 200 thought-provoking, often cutting-edge articles, all with quick turnaround from submission to posting.

In early 2007, management of JHA, including its archives, was handed to the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. In keeping with its original goals, the Journal will publish papers online regarding the analysis of and intervention in humanitarian crises—and will do so relatively rapidly. Now, however, the site features a way for readers to comment immediately and publicly on each article.

Invitation to Participate

Submissions: To submit your own writing for consideration, please refer to our submission guidelines.

Commenting: Each article is set up to receive comments, which themselves will be immediately posted below the piece. This use of the comment mechanism is open to all readers to provide constructive feedback to authors or for related discussion amongst one another.

Opinions are welcome, but do remember that opinions are helpful both to authors and to the humanitarian community when they have an evidence base as well.

JHA reserves the right to remove any comment it deems irrelevant or inflammatory.