The humanitarian community lacks evidence-based solutions that can meet the increasing scale and complexity of humanitarian need. Sectors that invest in research and innovation are proven to be more effective and adaptive than those that don’t, and the humanitarian sector should be no different. But current estimates suggest that less than 0.4% of humanitarian financing is allocated to research and innovation.
Creating a humanitarian system that is truly able to respond to crises requires us to urgently increase the funding for, and build better alliances with, communities of research and innovation.
We coordinate and drive collective global action to support the identification of research and innovation gaps, needs and priorities.
We work on this at a global level through our Global Prioritisation Exercise. This will provide public visibility of the range of global investments, capacity and activity in humanitarian research and innovation. From this, shared priorities for further investment and action will be identified and developed.
We also achieve greater coordination at a thematic level through our work on humanitarian public health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), gender-based violence (GBV), and scaling innovation.
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