At the Global Policy Center, we’re guided by the values of UVA and the Batten School. The Center’s core values of Partnership, Risk-taking, Intellectual Humility, and Equity also inform our work.
– Josiah Kaplan, Save the Children International
We believe that collaborating with teams of scholars, practitioners and communities creates more ethical work, better solutions and more robust outcomes. We seek to establish teams that bridge the gaps between the people directly affected by humanitarian and development crises, and those influencing their prevention, response, and long-term solutions. We value reciprocal attitudes, approaches, and programming and reject exploitative or extractive research and practices.
The monument at the national headquarters of our partner, the American Red Cross, in Washington D.C.
We view the Center as a laboratory to test ideas and a space where the humanitarian and development world can learn and engage free of the fear of failure.
Professor David Leblang speaks at the Mother of Exiles Panel at the Batten Shcool in 2018.
We subscribe to a spirit of collaborative learning, of constantly seeking new knowledge, input, and criticism. We believe that the open exchange of ideas, evidence, and knowledge, with humility, is critical to our work and process.
Operations Manager Brooke Ray listens to speakers in an auditorium at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.
We commit to continually evaluating and adapting our practices and perspectives to respond to the structural inequities we encounter in our work.
Batten alumna Althea Pickering visits a water tank from a solar-powered borehole in Mt. Darwin district in Zimbabwe with the local community members and leadership, Government Agritex officer, and WFP and partner staff.