How Can Innovation Deliver Humanitarian Outcomes?
Fladvad Nielsen, Brita; Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (2016) How Can Innovation Deliver Humanitarian Outcomes?, PRIO Policy Brief, 12. Oslo: PRIO.
In the humanitarian field, innovation is seen as key to plugging the humanitarian response gap. For humanitarian innovation to be effective, placing the end-user at the centre is vital. Policies must be created that encourage, direct and reward private/humanitarian partnerships that move beyond short-term concerns and demand accountability, evidence of impact, market creation and conscious approaches to ownership.
• Humanitarian innovation is essential to the delivery of effective outcomes to the humanitarian sector.
• The humanitarian market is unable to absorb and harness innovation due to a short-term focus resulting in narrow, ineffectual and sometimes harmful impacts.
• Policies must guide humanitarian innovation to put the needs of crisisaffected people first.
• Assessments of humanitarian innovation must be evidence based.
• There can be no innovation without responsible, ethical and effective data management.