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Humanitarian Information Unit


The mission of the Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) is to serve as a U.S. Government interagency center to identify, collect, analyze, and disseminate all-source information critical to U.S. Government decision-makers and partners in preparation for and response to humanitarian emergencies worldwide, and to promote innovative technologies and best practices for humanitarian information management.

To accomplish this mission, the HIU performs the following tasks:

  • Identifies key sources of geospatial and georeferenced data best suited to meet the information requirements of our consumers;
  • Collects timely, verifiable, and relevant data utilizing an extensive network of information partnerships;
  • Analyzes data using multi-agency expertise and applying proven technologies to determine significant trends and relationships; and
  • Disseminates information of value to all levels of consumers, from national-level policymakers to operational field managers.

The HIU is part of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State. Its staff is composed of personnel from the U.S. Department of State (DoS), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and other technical and specialist personnel.

For further information, contact:

Director, Humanitarian Information Unit
Department of State
2025 E St., NW, Suite NE5-037
Washington, DC 20522
Telephone: (202) 634-0341
Fax: (202) 634-0380
E-mail: hiu_info@state.gov
Website: http://hiu.state.gov (Note: Some areas of the site are accessible to/meant for internal users only.)


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