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It’s 6:00 am and still cool outside as I walk in to Wilson airport in Nairobi, Kenya. After a two-hour flight that feels more Lufthansa than Indiana Jones, we touch-down…

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UNHCR Camps, Erbil – Improved drainage or concrete jungles?


A visit to three camps with differing wastewater management practices in place, two interviews with UN agency specialists and a camp resident, set in me a comforting calm, that I…

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Continuing to Build our Needs and Resource Assessment


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Developing and Disseminating Guidance on Faecal Sludge Disposal Sites

In 2013, the the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) commissioned a Gap Analysis to identify key challenges in emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). This highlighted improving faecal sludge management during…

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Prototyping Impact Assessment Methodologies in Humanitarian Training

In this blog post, project researchers from Sussex University describe the process of designing the prototype for an innovative methodology to better assess the impact of humanitarian training. The focus…

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MSQ Field Trial Part 2 – The last two weeks


At the time of writing (05.09.2017) the field trial had ended and Chris and I were sitting in an airplane on our way back to Austria. We left Malawi with…

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Response Innovation Labs – Fostering In Country Innovation


When humanitarian innovation funding sits in global capitals, with major donors allocating funds through global calls, there is an ongoing danger that only certain types of organisations apply for funding….

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Monitoring is no joke!

Let’s hear from Oo Shwe Than, who joined Oxfam in Myanmar two months ago. He oversees the monitoring activities of the Tiger Worm Toilet (TWT) project in Sittwe. When I…

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Field testing new handwashing kit prototype in Tanzania


Following the evolution of the Handy Wash Tap (an innovative water saving/hygienic tap – see video), a new prototype for a freestanding handwashing station has been produced and field-tested in…

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What’s at the heart of the MiiHealth project?


Mark Griffith, Head of Innovation at Elrha, wrote a blog which highlights the opportunity to learn from other, more innovative sectors. He highlights recent advances in pedagogy as an example….

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