More than just luck – first study untangling how to innovate in humanitarian action

Published on 26/04/2016

In South Sudan, a new water treatment system that provides a community with more clean water at a lower cost. In Sierra Leone, a poster explaining how to prevent the spread of Ebola in a local dialect, enabled by a network of translators. How do people come up with these ideas? And how do they get put into practice? Or is it simply a matter of luck?

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? In response to this growing need for information on how humanitarian innovation ‘happens’, pur Humanitarian Innovation Fund, in partnership with ALNAP, have published the first study to untangle how to innovate successfully in humanitarian action.

While luck plays some role in innovation, there are actions aid organisations can take to increase their chances of good innovation. The new report, ‘More than just luck: innovation in humanitarian action’ looks at what is innovation in humanitarian action, what does a successful humanitarian innovation process look like and what are the factors that enable success in innovation management in the humanitarian system?

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