what do we mean by scale?

For us, ‘scale’ means building on demonstrated successes to ensure solutions reach their maximum potential, have the greatest possible impact, and lead to widespread change.

In the case of the humanitarian system, this is about having the maximum possible benefit for people affected by crises and disasters, saving lives and reducing the suffering caused by humanitarian emergencies. It’s also about contributing to a sustainable humanitarian system with affected people at its heart. Watch this short video and read our blog on Developing the Approach to Scale to find out more.


The Scaling Initiative

The HIF’s Scale Initiative works to accelerate the journey to scale for promising innovations to have a greater impact for humanitarian aid.

After supporting over 80 innovations through development and implementation grants, enabling the creation of prototypes and pilots, we have seen many success stories. However, because of the level of complexity involved when scaling innovation, many struggle to sustain themselves. There is little documented on how to best accelerate and achieve scale.

For that reason we are working to better understand and support the process of scaling. By supporting innovations to scale, there is potential to bring about transformational change in the humanitarian system, and help millions of people across the globe who are affected by crises and disasters each year.

More than just funding: to ensure the best possible chances of success for their scaling journeys, we have chosen to provide both financial and non-financial support to grantees. Over the next two years the three Journey to Scale teams will have access to customised coaching and mentoring, technical tools as well as receiving a  grant of £400,000.

With our Scale initiative we must recognise that we do not and will not have answers to all the questions that will be raised on this Journey to Scale. Instead we aim to create an environment where issues can be explored reflectively and collectively.

Scale Retreat

See this short video recapping the three day Scale Retreat. The retreat sought to support the nine shortlisted teams to develop their scaling plan with key input from a wide range of experts that were carefully chosen based on the needs of each team.


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Supporting the Journey to Scale

The Journey to Scale Initiative is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs with support from the UK Government’s Department for International Development.
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Follow the ‘journey to scale’ initiative on Twitter at @the_HIF via #journeytoscale and keep up to date with the latest news.

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