The Global Prioritisation Exercise
A global collaboration to transform the impact of research and innovation
in the humanitarian system
Today, 125 million people’s lives are being devastated by conflict and natural disasters. In 2016 the world spent around US$28 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance but it’s not enough. That same year there was a record 45 % shortfall and the scale of unmet need continues to grow.
Closing this gap requires more than just money; it requires more effective, evidence based and innovative solutions.
It is now more crucial than ever that the humanitarian community works together to mobilise resources and strategically invest in research, evidence and innovation.
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL PRIORITISATION EXERCISE?
We’re leading a new global effort to: map research and innovation investments and capacities; and to consult and identify shared priorities in the humanitarian system.
The Global Prioritisation Exercise (GPE) will bring together the major funders of research and innovation with the humanitarian community and countries and communities affected by crisis. For the first time, through the GPE, we will provide public visibility of the range of global investments, capacity and activity in humanitarian research and innovation.
The GPE will provide a clear and sustainable framework of strategic guidance for stakeholders to identify, invest in and improve humanitarian research and innovation priorities.
“The Global Prioritisation Exercise is designed to ensure research and innovation are better connected to global efforts to improve humanitarian effectiveness. This is needed more than ever as the demands on humanitarian assistance continue to grow. Please join us now.”
– Sir John Holmes, Chair of the GPE Advisory Board
Why are we doing it?
The GPE is part of our broader contribution to the shared commitment on humanitarian evidence. It advances our core mission of improving humanitarian outcomes through partnership, research and innovation by addressing a clear demand across the humanitarian community, for greater clarity and coordination around setting research and innovation priorities.
Our goal is to make interventions in humanitarian crises as effective as possible and reduce the suffering of millions of people.
THE GPE WILL:
- Provide greater visibility and coordination of research and innovation efforts globally
- Establish a clear framework to provide strategic guidance to governments, donors and leaders to inform investment decisions
- Generate advocacy tools for leveraging increased and more appropriate resources
- Develop new tools to monitor global investments, activity and priorities for humanitarian research and innovation
PHASE ONE: GLOBAL MAPPING*
- Mapping of current centres of humanitarian research and innovation activity, strategic interests and outputs
- Analysis of key systematic humanitarian evidence reviews to date (see below for the full report and executive summary)
PHASE TWO: GLOBAL CONSULTATION**
- Prioritisation of gaps and needs through consultative engagement with key humanitarian research and innovation stakeholder groups
- Assessment of current access, use, and utility of research and innovation outputs
- Production of final Global Synthesis Report, presenting clear framework of agreed priorities and recommendations for further investment and development.
PHASE THREE: SYNTHESIS & ANALYSIS**
- Dissemination of final Global Synthesis Report through regional meetings and media briefings
- Development of advocacy tools for communicating GPE findings and leveraging increased and/or more appropriate resources.
- Monitoring and highlighting of international investments, activity, and priorities for humanitarian research and innovation.
*Phase One is now complete
**Subject to further funding
Together, we can reveal the bigger picture of humanitarian research and innovation. It’s time to build a new system.