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The Institute for Disaster & Fragility Resilience (IDFR) is led by Professor Ky Luu, who previously served as the Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), where he led the U.S. Government office responsible for providing humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters. Prof. Luu leads a team of multidisciplinary researchers and practitioners with extensive engagement in humanitarian assistance research, humanitarian affairs, and leadership. IDFR’s mission is to strengthen the capacities of people and systems in countries where humanitarian and development outcomes are affected by conflict, fragility, violence, and risk. 

IDFR’s expertise in international humanitarian aid, applied research, and capacity building as well as its vast network of global university partners in disaster-prone countries, serves to provide a strong foundation for partnerships with multi-lateral organizations. 

IDFR’s global partnerships, including 30+ academic partners in Africa, Asia, Central America, and diverse international and multilateral actors, strengthens its knowledge exchange work in the international humanitarian space and serves as a basis for assisting partners in designing systems to capture and share research findings and best practices on humanitarian aid, response and relief work on a global scale.


strengthening leadership capacity at all levels to address the drivers and consequences of fragility, conflicts and risks


creating the enabling environment to deliver change at a systems level by strengthening knowledge and social institutions


providing resilience measurement, evidence, and promoting learning