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.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...


In 2011 Elrha started investing in new ideas and solutions for the humanitarian community. We were the first to see the potential of innovation at a time when there was little appetite for how it could advance humanitarian response.
We’re now looking at a very different picture. The sector has come a long way, with a thriving community of people and organisations who understand the value of humanitarian innovation.

We’re proud to have supported more than 150 projects across varying stages of the innovation process, from early problem recognition through to the scaling-up of proven innovations for direct application in humanitarian crises. Several of these ideas are now mainstreamed into humanitarian response and are leading to better outcomes for people affected by crises.  

Through years of supporting humanitarian innovation, we have become experts in selecting, shaping, and strengthening the most impactful innovation programmes and projects. This puts us in a unique position: not only do we get results from the specific investments we make, but we use the extensive knowledge we have acquired along the way to help drive improvements in the wider system.

Now we are well established and recognised in the sector for fostering and supporting the innovation community, we want to go further. By sharing our learning with other funders, we are building and supporting a sophisticated ecosystem for humanitarian innovation.

We are now able to offer our partners unique and bespoke support to ensure investments in innovation in the humanitarian system achieve their full potential and, ultimately, lead to better outcomes for people affected by crises.

Our unique consultancy offer can support you at each stage of the process:


We’ll help you design your innovation programme and selection process to tackle the problem you are trying to address. When it comes to selecting the projects to fund, we will work with you to assess each proposal using a robust criteria.


Our support package significantly improves each project’s chance of success, and the overall impact of your portfolio of projects.

Our support includes advice and expertise regarding:

  • Business model development
  • Partnership development
  • Financial management
  • Brand, marketing and communications
  • Responsible and ethical innovation
  • Leadership development
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Market entry

We also believe those involved in innovation programmes and projects should plan early for uptake and scale. We will help project teams think about how their innovation could be shared and adopted by the humanitarian community from the start, and about how their organisations could support the scaling process.

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