Governance

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund is managed by Elrha, which is responsible for coordinating and implementing the various functions of the Fund. There are five distinct bodies that will be involved in the effective delivery of the HIF: the HIF Team; the Elrha Steering Committee, the HIF Board, the Grants Panel and Save the Children.

The HIF Team

The HIF team, consisting of the the HIF Programme Manager, the HIF Programme Officer, two innovation management advisers and support staff from Elrha’s core team, are responsible for the management of the Fund.

The HIF Board

The HIF Board provides strategic direction to the HIF team on innovation processes and partnerships for the humanitarian sector, advises on the core functions and positioning of the HIF, and profiles and champions the Fund to relevant audiences.

The Funding Committee

The Funding Committee consists of independent experts representing a range of knowledge and expertise of various humanitarian programming sectors, as well as innovation processes more generally. All members will be independent volunteers. The Committee meets twice a year to assess applications for the HIF’s core development and implementation grants; and once yearly to assess feedback and progress. They also provide remote assessment and approval of recognition, invention and diffusion grant applications.

The WASH Technical Working Group

The HIF’s WASH Technical Working Group is chaired by Andy Bastable from Oxfam UK. In collaboration with the HIF they are exploring, in detail, the gaps in innovation identified by the WASH sector, and developing and refining a number of specific challenges most suited to being approached through facilitated innovation processes.

The GBV Advisory Board

The GBV Advisory Board provides expert support to guide the first year of the GBV programme. Chaired by Elrha’s Director Jess Camburn, members of the group include leading GBV experts, researchers, and practitioners at policy and implementation level from areas such as health, human rights, or child protection.

The Elrha Steering Committee

The Elrha Steering Committee provides an overall accountability for the planning and delivery of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. The HIF team will report directly on all activities to the Elrha Steering Committee.

Save the Children

As the hosting agency, Save the Children provides the legal, financial and human resource framework for Elrha and its programmes.

Elrha is hosted by Save the Children, a registered charity in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570).

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