How Can Innovation Deliver Humanitarian Outcomes?

from Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Published on 18 May 2016 View Original

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, placin​g 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.​

Brief Points

• 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.