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03 Oct 2018 description
report ELRHA

In post-conflict cities the scale and complexity of explosive contamination presents a huge challenge, making it unsafe for reconstruction to begin or displaced families to return. The HALO Trust is working towards developing methods of evaluating and clearing urban environments in the most efficient way possible. Only with a clear understanding of the challenge, can cost effective methods of assessment and clearance be designed.

08 Aug 2018 description
report ELRHA

Kube Energy is piloting an innovative solar service model for providing clean and affordable electricity to the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal to improve the humanitarian response.

02 Aug 2018 description
report ELRHA

iACT and Jesuit Refugee Service are partnering to expand Little Ripples to two Darfuri refugee camps, Mile and Kounoungou. Little Ripples is a refugee-led, culturally-relevant, and cost-effective early childhood education program. The aim is to establish six in-home Little Ripples education centers, train and employ 28 refugee women to adapt, implement, and monitor the program, and improve the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of 270 children ages three to five.

01 Aug 2018 description
report ELRHA

Executive Summary:

Innovation enables the humanitarian system to do more, for more people, at a lower cost. But innovation too often occurs in silos, meaning work is replicated, learning isn’t shared, and successful approaches aren’t widely adopted.

The Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI) is a network comprised of governmental actors, knowledge institutes, businesses and humanitarian organizations, which aims to limit duplication and ensure multiplication of impact across the sector.

05 Jul 2018 description

This project funded in 2017 uses a combinatorial approach, building on advances in pedagogy from vocational training, broadband and smart phone communications, simulated reality and gamification, in order to address how to: 1) Give local people the ability to help themselves and reduce international support. 2) Empower frontline health workers. 3) Improve quality, speed, scale and coherence of local capacity building.

05 Jul 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.

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.

05 Mar 2018 description
report ELRHA

Maysoon Dahab

This 23-page report provides information on preliminary lessons learned from conducting public health research in challenging humanitarian contexts, and includes detailed case studies that can be used to illustrate key lessons learned. It is intended to contribute to the wider humanitarian health research community's common development of practical guidance on public health research projects in challenging humanitarian contexts.

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 Nov 2014 description

A rapid, point-of-care diagnostic test for the Ebola virus will be trialled in the coming weeks at the Ebola treatment centre in Conakry, Guinea. The trial is one of six health research projects that have been jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and the UK government.

21 Aug 2014 description

A rapid response call for research to combat the Ebola outbreak in west Africa is being launched today, Wellcome Trust director Dr Jeremy Farrar and International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced.

Expert teams from around the world are being invited to submit research proposals to better inform the management of Ebola outbreaks so that lives can be saved. This includes research which could produce evidence to help tackle the current outbreak.

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.

22 Nov 2013 description

The need for a stronger scientific evidence base for responses to humanitarian crises has been identified by various public health actors. To this end, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust commissioned a project to review the evidence base of public health interventions in humanitarian crises. The overall aim of the project is to provide a rigorous assessment of the current quality and depth of the evidence-base that informs humanitarian public health programming globally.

05 Jun 2013 description
report ELRHA

A programme to support research that will save lives following a humanitarian crisis is being launched by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA), supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID).

A total of £6.5 million will be available over three years, funded equally by the Wellcome Trust and DFID, with ELRHA overseeing the programme’s execution and management.

20 Aug 2012 description
report ELRHA

A new voice response telephone line in Haiti has received nearly 300,000 calls in the first eight weeks by callers seeking practical health and emergency preparedness information.

17 Apr 2012 description
report ELRHA

The ELRHA Guide to Constructing Effective Partnerships is a resource to support collaboration between humanitarian and academic organisations.

Based on the experiences and lessons learned by people in both communities who have worked together, it is a practical guide to the opportunities and challenges specific to humanitarian-academic collaboration.

The guide has been built in such a way as to be highly interactive with links from the Seven Steps to relevant Evidence and Learning in other parts of the Guide.

08 Mar 2012 description
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Today ELRHA (Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance) has published a major new report on humanitarian professionalisation which highlights some pressing concerns that deserve the attention of the global humanitarian community.