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03 Jan 2019 description

Camps are places of refuge for people fleeing conflict and disaster, but they can be dangerous, especially for women and girls. In their first months, many camps rely on communal sanitation facilities – a quick and cost-effective way of meeting immediate needs and minimizing public health risks until a better solution can be developed.

19 Dec 2018 description

Evidence on the impact of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) programming is lacking. To address this, the current project examines the feasibility of an innovative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tool, Cognitive Edge’s SenseMaker®, to generate timely mixed methods data about SGBV programs and services.

19 Jul 2018 description

RedR UK and the University of Sussex are designing and testing innovative methods to better understand participants’ learning and changes in behaviour following humanitarian capacity building interventions.

Building on recommendations from our earlier work, this project set out to identify ways in which RedR can design programmes for increased learning and behaviour change of participants, and for increased ability to capture and report on these changes.


19 Jul 2018 description

M&E and appropriate use of data to inform programming is an important part of accountable GBV programming, but traditionally the sector has focused on output indicators. The project aims to develop and pilot measurement tools that allow the humanitarian community to measure the impact of GBV programming in terms of psychosocial well-being and felt stigma – both essential to the success of services provided and the impact on survivors’ lives.

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” (Albert Einstein)

10 May 2018 description

This document sets out a new strategic direction and priorities for the HIF for 2018-2020. It is informed by an independent Evaluation of the HIF’s performance to date and a review of the humanitarian innovation landscape. It is aligned to the strategic evolution of Elrha as an organisation.

10 May 2018 description


We take a look back at our year in humanitarian innovation; an insight into who we’re currently funding, the progress of our Journey to Scale initiative, and how we’re actively contributing to evidence generation, thought leadership and advocacy for learning on innovation in the humanitarian sector.

13 Nov 2017 description
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The purpose of this report is to give an overview of the way the Drought Financing Facility is designed, including two proposed pilots in Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

The Drought Financing Facility is based on a risk management approach that involves scientific modelling of drought risks, focused scenario-based contingency planning and ground monitoring, and pre-positioned financing.

30 Jun 2017 description

This is an independent evaluation of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), from the Fund’s launch in 2011 until December 2016. Its object is the HIF’s global performance, process, and strategy. Its purpose is to provide accountability to stakeholders by delivering an independent assessment of the HIF’s effectiveness; support learning about how the HIF’s processes support or hinder effectiveness; and contribute to strategy development.

28 Mar 2017 description

Written by Alexandra T. Warner

With contributions from Alice Obrecht

1. Introduction

25 Jan 2017 description

Written by Alice Obrecht
With contributions from
Alexandra Warner and Neil Dillon

21 Apr 2016 description

Executive summary

The humanitarian system has a proven ability to produce innovations, but it does so sporadically and often struggles to take good ideas to scale quickly. The system does not consistently invest in innovation, and humanitarian actors have not always been successful at actively managing innovation processes. Due to this, the number of landmark innovations that have been integrated into the system has been frustratingly low and understanding of best practices for humanitarian innovation remains limited.

13 Jan 2016 description

About this resource

Resource type: Research, reports and studies
Language: English
Keywords: Innovation
Agency: ALNAP, ELRHA - Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance, WFP - World Food Programme
Author(s): Alice Robinson with Alice Obrecht
Date published: January 2016
Publisher: ALNAP
Pages: 36pp

03 Jan 2016 description

1. About this case study

Organisation: CARE Netherlands
Partners: Wetlands International
Project Bio-rights: linking community- and ecosystem-based approaches to disaster risk reduction
Start date: February 2012

Grant: Development
Start date: 1 February 2012
Grant period: 21 months
Total HIF budget: £150,000
Location: Guatemala

29 Jul 2015 description

3D printing has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the humanitarian logistic (HL) response by reducing lead times, avoiding nugatory ‘just in case’ transport and warehousing, and using postponement techniques to manufacture locally to meet an identified need.

12 Nov 2014 description

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Ministry of Health is using social media to bolster preparedness and raise awareness on Ebola. “As part of our Ebola preparedness plan, we would like to share the WHO Ebola clinical management guidelines. Follow this link to download https://db.tt/UiHp87BW,” wrote Dr Muraguri, the Director of medical services in Kenya.[1]

While the above SMS is important and critical, it would be even more effective if the public could access basic Ebola information in the language they understand best.

04 Nov 2014 description

With a goal of implementing 3D printing into Oxfam’s WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Programme and, thereby, reducing the costs and improving the speed through which replacement parts can be provided in the field, a team lead by Professor Peter Tatham from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, are piloting a project with Oxfam GB based from their Kenya offices.

02 May 2014 description

A HIF-funded project conducted by the University of Groningen has launched its prototype innovation - the Humanitarian Genome (HG), which is an advanced search engine that rapidly processes and sorts through hundreds of data sources (such as evaluative reports and documented experiences). Based on the users’ requests it quickly retrieves relevant, validated and concise extracts of text, each traceable to its origin source to aid in any humanitarian response.

Join and share!

Register at http://humanitariangenome.org/intro

03 Apr 2014 description

MEDBOX is gaining momentum. Asides from initiating innovative checklists and survey tools, over 1000 documents, of relevance for humanitarian assistance, have now been uploaded to MEDBOX's open source, online library. During a recent field trip to the Syrian border in Turkey, MEDBOX had been promoted to international and Turkish NGOs working on refugee health. In addition, MEDOX was presented during the Annual Congress of the German Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health in during March 2014.

17 Feb 2014 description

The HIF has launched an ambitious new programme of work to stimulate innovation in emergency water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). This new initiative is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and is seeking to use new innovation management approaches to address some of the most pressing challenges faced by emergency WASH practitioners working in humanitarian crises globally.

The HIF is working with technical experts and innovation specialists on two parallel innovation routes:

27 Jan 2014 description

Forming part of an annual series, this report reflects on the HIF's activities from its beginning in 2011 through to September 2013. Inside you will find details of the projects we've funded, alongside special editorials discussing the importance of failure when innovating and the HIF's reflections on what we've learnt and what we are planning for the future.