Project Case Studies

In recent years there has been a steady increase in interest and activity around innovation in the humanitarian sector. But what does innovation look like in humanitarian response? What are the practices organisations can adopt to be more innovative? What are the barriers to innovation in the sector and how can they be mitigated?

Our research on innovation is currently trying to answer these questions. In partnership with ALNAP, we’re looking at 15 different examples of humanitarian innovation which have been funded by our grants.

Each case study will explore the dynamics of successful innovation processes, culminating in a unique and in-depth study on innovation in humanitarian action. Our aim is to improve understanding of innovation processes in the humanitarian system and thereby support innovative humanitarian programming.

New! More than just luck: innovation in humanitarian action

From the findings, we have created the first report to outline what innovation in humanitarian action is, and how it can be done better.

The new report looks at three central questions:

1. What is innovation in humanitarian action?

2. What does a successful humanitarian innovation process look like?

3. What are the factors that enable success in innovation management in the humanitarian system?

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Standardising humanitarian data for a better response: The...

This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation...

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Using participation to improve menstrual hygiene management in...

This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation...

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Mapping a response: Using satellite images to aid...

This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation...

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Understanding the performance of feeding programmes: Save the...

This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation...

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Using mobile voice technology to improve the collection...

This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s 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...

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Words of Relief

This study is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation...

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Improving Water Quality and Quantity in Emergencies

This study, is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation...

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A community financing mechanism for disaster risk reduction

This study is one in a series of 15 case studies, undertaken by ALNAP in partnership with ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation...

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Mobile Technology in Haiti

This case study analyses the innovative development and use of an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system for the first time...

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Gaza Risk Reduction

Gaza Risk Reduction and Mitigation: Catholic Relief Services This case study explores the recent innovations made by Catholic Relief Services...

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The Humanitarian Lessons-learned Genome

The Humanitarian Lessons-learned Genome Project 1.0: Facilitating the full use of evaluative processes in the humanitarian sector: University of Groningen....

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SMS Feedback and Accountability

This case study explores the development and implementation of an innovative, mobile phone-based feedback mechanism by the Danish Refugee Council...

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