Accelerating the Journey to Scale

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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 those people caught up in crises and disasters, saving lives and reduces the suffering caused by humanitarian emergencies, and contributing to a sustainable humanitarian system with affected people at its heart.

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the hif initiative

To start with, we are looking for cutting-edge innovations that are ready to scale, and to help, we’ll be providing tailored technical support and funding of up to £400,000 each over a two year period, to innovations demonstrating the greatest potential impact in humanitarian response.

Working with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we’re now launching this ambitious new area of work, building on five years’ experience in innovation management within the HIF and beyond, where we have supported over 80 innovations through development and implementation, enabling the creation of successful prototypes and pilots.

From these success stories, we recognise the level of complexity involved when scaling innovation – even innovations that are showing signs of success at early stages of development often struggle to sustain themselves. That’s why we’re seeking to understand and support the process of scaling innovations with the potential to bring about transformational change in the humanitarian system, for the benefit of the millions across the globe affected by crises and disasters each year.

This initiative presents a unique opportunity to explore and address the key challenges of sustainability in humanitarian innovation, while building rich partnerships and developing new methodologies for scaling innovations in the humanitarian system beyond project funding.

the Process



FAQs & WEbinar

We’ve complied a list of frequently asked questions about this  new initiative:



Listen back to the recording of our webinar discussing the funding with the HIF team:


Are you ready to Scale?

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Take a look at the criteria we will

be using to select the most promising proposals

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Assess the maturity of your innovation with our quick questionnaire

Get involved

This call for applications closed on 5 June 2016. See the timeline above for more details about the next steps.

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If you have any questions not answered here or on our criteria or process pages, get in touch with Claire Dusonchet, our Innovation Management Advisor.

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