We are Elrha, a force for change in the humanitarian community. The research and innovation we support equips the humanitarian community with the knowledge of what works, so people affected by crises get the right help when they need it most.
Our purpose is clear: to empower the humanitarian community to improve humanitarian response. We make this happen by supporting and championing the outcomes of robust research and proven innovations.
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A global charity that finds solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation.



To meet our vision, we work primarily through our research and innovation funding programmes:

Participants in an IRC Women’s Protection and Empowerment Programme in Bukavu, DRC. Credit: Peter Biro/IRC.

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF)

Our aim is to improve outcomes for people affected by humanitarian crises by identifying, nurturing and sharing more effective and scalable solutions.

A nurse measures Palestine refugee child weight at Irbid health Centre, Irbid, Jordan. Photo Credit: Mohammad Magayda/ UNRWA

Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC)

Our aim is to improve health outcomes for people affected by humanitarian crises by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions.


In pursuing our vision of a world equipped to mitigate the impact of humanitarian crises, we want to make sure that our work is undertaken in an ethical and robust way. All our work is led by six guiding principles.

  1. Improving outcomes for people affected by crisis is at the heart of our work.
  2. People have a right to quality humanitarian response that is informed by robust evidence.
  3. Research and innovation should always be undertaken within a responsible and ethical framework.
  4. Evidence must be made widely available and accessible to achieve the greatest possible impact.
  5. Collaboration and partnership, including with people affected by crisis, improves the quality, impact and uptake of research and innovation.
  6. Creativity, exploration and informed risk-taking is crucial to learn and bring about change.

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