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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 Office of the Geographer and Global Issues in 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
Website: (Note: Some areas of the site are accessible to/meant for internal users only.)

Title VIII Grant Program

The Title VIII Program, administered by the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, provides funding for research and language training to American scholars and students for the study of Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). Title VIII maintains U.S. expertise in the regions and brings open source, policy-relevant research to the service of the U.S. Government.

Grants under this program are awarded through an open, national competition among applicant organizations. Authority for this Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union) is contained in the Soviet-Eastern European Research and Training Act of 1983 (22 U.S.C. 4501-4508, as amended).  is a central storehouse for information on federal government grant programs.

Independent States and Dependencies

The Bureau of Intelligence and Research maintains a list of Independent States in the World and a list of Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty. These lists provide the short-form and long-form names, two-letter country code, and capital or administrative center for countries and dependencies. The independent states list indicates whether a state has diplomatic relations with the U.S. and whether the state is a member of the United Nations. The dependencies list indicates which state has sovereignty.

05/30/18 Independent States in the World
03/07/17 Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty

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