We've funded several new research studies and innovation projects in 2018 through our Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) and Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) programmes.
Across the following areas we’ve been supporting innovators and researchers, among other actors, to produce the latest evidence on ‘what works’ when responding to humanitarian crises.
Grants awarded by R2HC in 2018
Grants awarded by the HIF in 2018
|Mental and psychological health||10|
|Sexual and reproductive health||5|
|Water sanitation and hygiene (WASH)||4|
|Gender based violence||2|
|Health services delivery and/or coordination||2|
|Injury and physical rehabilitation||2|
|Tools and methods||1|
|Maternal and child health||0|
|Accountability and participation||5|
|Assessments, monitoring and evaluation||9|
|Disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction||13|
|Economics, finance and insurance||2|
|Food security and livelihoods||2|
|GBV - Health||7|
|GBV - Protection||13|
|Health services delivery and/or coordination||1|
|Information management, communication and technology||14|
|Logistics and supply chain||4|
|Protection, human rights and security||10|
|Water, sanitation and hygiene||53|
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 across the world.
Click through to our map - you'll find a snap shot of who we fund and where. Each has a profile of their research study or innovation project, with details of the humanitarian need their work seeks to address; the solution or research undertaken; and the (proposed) outcomes and impact.
The public health research teams that we fund are required to include a research institution and a humanitarian organisation. By the end of 2018, we were supporting the following:
Through our HIF programme, we fund a range of different actors - often in partnership - to carry out innovation projects in the humanitarian sector. At the end of 2018, these were the numbers:
We work hard to communicate the outcomes and impact of our research and innovation.
Over the past ten years we’ve built up targeted and engaged mailing lists and social media followers. We give regular updates about our funding opportunities; provide the humanitarian community with the latest tools and guidance on what works when delivering effective humanitarian response; and create opportunities for this community to come together to discuss some of the most complex humanitarian problems.
Here’s a snapshot of what 2018 has looked like for us:
In 2018, our website was visited most regularly by the following numbers of humanitarian research and innovators, among other actors:
In 2018 we brought together the humanitarian community through targeted events – from face-to-face events such as our Humanitarian Innovation Forum in June 2018, to webinars and workshops where we provide bespoke support and tools to our grantees and the wider community, so they can effectively and ethically research and innovate in this sector.
Our work and the research and innovations we fund received global coverage in 2018. Thirty-eight individual pieces to be exact. Here are our highlights:
Our HIF-funded innovative handwashing station, led by Oxfam GB, received coverage from Reuters and the Telegraph
Too Tough To Scale: challenges to scaling innovation in the humanitarian sector. Published October 2018. Our flagship report received coverage from Bond, ReliefWeb, ALNAP, the Aspen Network.
Our work and expertise on scaling innovation was covered by the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation.
Our project by Translators without Borders and their online glossary of 700 words and expressions to help aid workers communicate with Rohingya refugees was covered by Devex in September 2018.
Our grantee study by Yale University and Mercy Crops highlighting how a particular psychosocial humanitarian intervention reduces the ‘stress hormone’ in war-affected adolescents, was covered by The Harvard Gazette in January 2018.
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