The Population Council’s Humanitarian Task Force

Together with our humanitarian partners, we bring together our rigorous research capabilities, experience and expertise to inform strategies to best respond to humanitarian crises.


Population Council and University of Colorado developed and validated a new AI model to forecast COVID-19 transmission. 

Nat Commun 12, 6440 (2021).

Insights Collection: Natural Disasters and Humanitarian Settings

Population Council interns Nannette Beckley, Anne-Caroline Midy, Danielle Richard, and Lauren Rutherford curated a selection of Council-led publications that highlight the ways in which various natural disasters result in or contribute to the proliferation of humanitarian settings. This Insights Collection was a collaboration between the Humanitarian Task Force and the Population, Environmental Risks and Climate Change program.

Conducting Research in Humanitarian Settings: A Learning Session

Watch a recording of a learning session about conducting research in emergencies in ways that are ethical, participatory, and further encourage us to think about how we can support movements to decolonize global health. This session presents insights from Rima Mourtada (American University of Beirut), Myriam Narcisse (Haiti Adolescent Girls Network), Neha Singh (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Hannah Tappis (Johns Hopkins University Center for Humanitarian Health), and Chi-Chi Undie (Population Council). August 2021.  

Informing Report on Kenyan Adolescents and COVID-19

A report from Kenya’s Presidential Policy and Strategy Unit (PASU) use Council data to point to the critical need for bold action to address school dropout, adolescent pregnancies, lost learning momentum, violence and other negative consequences of the pandemic on adolescents in Kenya.

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Experiences and Perceptions of Violence for Mexican Adolescents

The Violence Outcomes in COVID-19 EPOCH Study (VoCes-19) aims to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the experience and perception of violence among young people in Mexico.