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19 Jul 2018 description

We develop, test and implement the research methodology to evaluate household water filters for use in an emergency context. Our goal is to understand users' and implementers' experience and preferences regarding operation and maintenance of products, and evaluate technical performance in the field. Feedback we provide to the manufacturers will enable optimization and further development of the products. 420 filters of five types are evaluated in Occupied Palestinian Territories, Somalia and Kenya.

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)

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.

13 Nov 2017 description
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Executive summary

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.

16 Jun 2015 description

Motivation were awarded a diffusion grant in 2015 to increase awareness and knowledge among humanitarian organisations that a solution exists for supporting people with mobility disabilities in emergencies. Increasing awareness and knowledge among humanitarian organisations that a solution exists for supporting people with mobility disabilities in emergencies.

19 Jan 2015 description

Access to timely and accurate information is often very limited in areas where mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) pose hazards to the local population.

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is piloting a two-way communication web portal and parallel SMS service that will improve the information provision and exchange between the people living in the affected communities and the Mine Action (MA) actors assisting these communities.

12 Dec 2014 description

The research project on "Understanding the role of remittances in reducing risk to earthquakes" implemented jointly by Practical Action and Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC) is now complete. This has been possible through the funding support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, a programme managed by ELRHA. This study is the first of its kind globally and in Nepal, which has directly looked into the relationship between remittances and disaster risk.

Major Findings:

20 Nov 2014 description

Over the past couple of months mVAM project has grown, and fast. The catalyst has been the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.

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.