Innovation Resource Hub

Innovation Explained

  • Introduction to Innovation

    Guidance for would be innovators on improving humanitarian response

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  • The Innovation Process

    The process of innovation is often compared to the process of evolution

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  • Types of Innovation

    what is it that the innovation processes seek to change and improve?

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  • The contribution of innovations

    Incremental or disruptive? Innovation has a scale

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More than just luck: project case studies

  • Standardising humanitarian data for a better response: The Humanitarian eXchange Language

    This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), exploring the dynamics of successful innovation processes in humanitarian action. They examine what good practice in humanitarian innovation...

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  • Using participation to improve menstrual hygiene management in emergencies

    This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), exploring the dynamics of successful innovation processes in humanitarian action. They examine what good practice in humanitarian innovation...

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  • Mapping a response: Using satellite images to aid humanitarian action

    This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), exploring the dynamics of successful innovation processes in humanitarian action. They examine what good practice in humanitarian innovation...

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  • Using mobile voice technology to improve the collection of food security data:...

    This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), exploring the dynamics of successful innovation processes in humanitarian action. They examine what good practice in humanitarian innovation...

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  • Motivation’s appropriate and affordable wheelchairs

    This study is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), exploring the dynamics of successful innovation processes in humanitarian action. They examine what good practice in humanitarian innovation...

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HIF Projects Blog

  • Extending Early Warnings to Linguistically Marginalized Populations

    Sahana are working to overcome the challenges of using poctographs as Early Warnings, such as insuring they are action oriented.

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  • Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Knowledge Base

    CAWST is developing the next phase of its HWTS Knowledge Base, a web-based knowledge and technical support hub on household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) solutions for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practitioners.

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  • Why choose Mali as the site to test the concept?

    The community based approach to the mapping, modelling and monitoring of endangered heritage sites needs to be grounded in the real issues faced by remote or isolated communities, if they wish to preserve their history, culture and local skills.

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  • The Hidden Incentives: The Journey Has Begun!

    The journey has begun we will soon map the current soap market and carry out research to discover the barriers to children washing their hands with soap and what would enable them to do it more often? Using the findings...

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  • Final Q&A: Reflections on a Micro-insurance Project

    “Our greatest achievement is breaking the myth of feasibility, once you break the myth that selling insurance to this target population is not viable, insurance companies are interested” Ronak Patel, Stanford University.

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HIF Video Clips and Blogs

  • Aidpreneur – Interview with Kim Scriven, the HIF Manager

    Kim Scriven, was the guest for the 123rd episode of the Aidpreneur Terms of Reference Podcast. Kim, HIF's Manager until October 2016, was responsible for the development and management of the Fund, and oversaw both its grant making processes and...

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  • Reflecting on our Handwashing Innovation Sprint

    Menka Sanghvi, Innovation Management Adviser, reflects on why we need more innovation in handwashing in emergencies, and how our recent Innovation Sprint has helped to nurture creative ideas.

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  • Handwashing Challenge 2016: The shortlist

    WATCH: At our Handwashing Innovation Sprint, we grabbed a few minutes with each shortlisted team to tell us more about their innovation and why they should be funded!

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  • Developing an Approach to Scale

    Working with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this April sees us launching an ambitious new area of work, helping teams accelerate their journey to scale

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  • Music therapy in action: our visit to Panzi

    Claire Dusonchet, Innovation Adviser, recently visited a music therapy programme helping survivors of sexual violence, currently funded by the HIF.

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Innovation Library

  • Humanitarian Exchange #66 | Special Feature – Humanitarian Innovation

    Humanitarian innovation by Humanitarian Practice Network and Kim Scriven, April 2016 This edition of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with ELRHA's Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) manager Kim Scriven, focuses on innovation in the humanitarian sector. Kim Scriven provides an overview of the...

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  • Business Model Canvas Workshop

    Read the overview of our unique two day training workshop based on the renowned Business Model Canvas strategic management and entrepreneurial tool.

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  • Nesta – Innovation for International Development

    Experiences, insights and practical advice from more than 20 leading practitioners in innovation for international development, brought together in one collection. Innovation in International Development is organised around four interconnected themes: How to fund innovation How to organise for innovation...

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  • WASH Innovation Research

    A series of six reports looking at WASH in emergencies: the problems explored

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  • Militaries and humanitarian innovation: opportunities and risks

    Working paper from University of Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre, calling for greater recognition and new thinking about military actors as a serious subject of study within humanitarian innovation discourse. Josiah Kaplan, Evan Easton-Calabria. Feb 2016

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