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Alan Shawn Feinstein International Famine Center, 1996
The Alan Shawn Feinstein International Famine Center was established at Tufts University in 1996 to work towards improving relief efforts in times of famine, war, and emergency.
The Feinstein Center opened in 1996 with help from a $2.5 million grant from Rhode Island philanthropist and hunger activist Alan Shawn Feinstein. The center works mainly in Africa to prevent famine, and also works to develop methods of resolving local conflicts and improving emergency response so that people coping with a crisis situation can survive. The center's programs focus on five main topics: livelihoods, gender and children, public nutrition, community health based initiatives, and ethics.
The Feinstein Center, located at 96 Packard Avenue on the Medford campus, offers a one-year Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance, and also offers two summer grant programs designed for graduate students and professors working on topics related to famine and complex emergencies.
Since its inception, the center has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, UNICEF, and the UNHCR, among other organizations. In early 2000, the center expanded to house the Humanitarianism and War Project, the leading U.S. publisher of articles on humanitarianism in conflict situations, formerly of Brown University.