Shaping the future: Our strategy for research and innovation in humanitarian response.

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Our purpose is clear: we work in partnership with a global community of humanitarian actors, researchers and innovators to improve the quality of humanitarian action and deliver better outcomes for people affected by crises.
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Upcoming Events

Showcasing innovations in protection sector programming: gender-based violence and inclusion of people with disability and older people

Tuesday 30 April 2024 at 9:00AM UTC Webinar

As part of this year’s Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) we will be hosting an online webinar showcasing a series of innovations in Protection Sector programming in gender-based violence and inclusion of people with disability and older people. Our aim is to showcase the innovations we’ve supported – to bring these new ideas and emerging best practices to a wide audience of humanitarians working in protection, inclusion and GBV programming, as well as technical advisors, and donors.

Charting the Roadmap for AI Uptake in Humanitarian Action

Thursday 9 May 2024 at 09:00-12:30 (UTC+2) Hybrid: Geneva, Switzerland or virtually (Zoom)

Our Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) together with The UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub (UKHIH), Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge, and UNICEF are hosting a session on the possibilities and challenges surrounding AI use in the humanitarian action. Part of Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW), this event offers participants who might be interested in – or skeptical of – AI the opportunity to dig into the pitfalls and potential of the technology, and identify key actions to enable the safe and ethical uptake of AI for the humanitarian sector.

Past Events

Revealing the Landscape of Humanitarian Research and Innovation (2024)

13:00 GMT on Thursday 14 March Webinar

Join us to launch a major new report on the shape and role of research and innovation within the humanitarian system. The global launch will feature a panel discussion and will provide an overview of the current state of the humanitarian research and innovation ecosystem, presenting the principal findings and recommendations gathered from two years of global research and consultation. The event is open to all to attend, however if you are a humanitarian actor, donor, researcher, innovator or practitioner this event could provide specific insights that could inform what you fund, how best to prioritise HRI agenda, and your topical areas of research.

Regional launches: Solutions for addressing humanitarian needs – insights from regional consultations on the role of research and innovation

Multiple dates Multiple locations

Join us and our partners for a series of regional events where we explore the role of humanitarian research and innovation (HRI) at multiple levels in developing culturally and contextually appropriate responses. We will share insights from consultations examining the perceptions of regional and national humanitarian actors, and shed light on priority topics and areas that need HRI attention. The events are open to all to register and attend, however if you are a humanitarian actor, donor, researcher, innovator or practitioner these events could provide specific regional insights that could inform what you fund, how best to prioritize and topical areas of research.

From research to impact in the humanitarian sector: learning from R2HC case studies

Wednesday 13 September 2023, 2:00-3:30pm (BST) Webinar

Having been in operation for a decade, our Research for Health in Humanitarian Crisis (R2HC) programme has produced a collection of detailed case studies documenting the impacts of completed research studies on humanitarian policy and practice. In this 90-minute webinar we brought together experts from the humanitarian research, policy and practice sector to examine the lessons learned from the case studies and from their own experiences on the research-to-practice pathway.

Webinar series: New approaches to addressing gender-based violence in humanitarian settings

Multiple dates Webinar

Join us for a webinar series where we will be showcasing a range of Elrha-funded innovations in humanitarian gender-based violence programming. If you are a donor, innovator or practitioner, this series could inform you of what to fund, how best to innovate, and how to adopt new innovations.

Launch of the report “WASH in Humanitarian Crises: Setting the research agenda up to 2030”

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14:00 BST Webinar

The “WASH in Humanitarian Crises: Setting the research agenda up to 2030” serves as a guide for researchers, humanitarian practitioners and funding agencies, providing a prioritised list of research questions that, when answered, will contribute to improved WASH policy and practice in humanitarian crises.

In Focus: The role of the humanitarian sector in navigating ethical decisions in Afghanistan

Monday 26 June 2023, 2:00pm (BST), 1:00pm (UTC), 5.30pm (AFT) Webinar

Join us for a new In Focus series, to discuss the findings and recommendations of a new rapid review, published by Humanitarian Outcomes, In Focus: The role of the humanitarian sector in navigating ethical decisions in Afghanistan.

The State of The Humanitarian Research and Innovation Ecosystem – First Look at Insights from a Multi-Level Global Consultation 

Thursday 27 April 2023, 12:00PM (UTC) Hybrid: Geneva, Switzerland or virtually (Zoom)

As part of this year’s Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) we will be hosting a hybrid event to share emerging findings from our flagship initiative, the Global Prioritisation Exercise (GPE). 

Slipping Away? A Review Of Humanitarian Capabilities In Cholera Response

Tuesday 21 March 2023, 2.00pm (UTC) Webinar

Join us for a virtual discussion on the findings and recommendations of this review published by Humanitarian Outcomes, Slipping Away? A review of humanitarian capabilities in cholera response. This review is supported by the UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub, and funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Setting priorities for a 10-year research agenda for MHPSS humanitarian response

17 January 2023, 12:00 UTC Webinar

To address the need for more evidence of what works to support MHPSS programming in humanitarian settings, a priority research agenda taking us to 2030 has been developed by key MHPSS stakeholders. The result is a list of 20 most critical research questions to support MHPSS response. We shared these results with a community of practice at a webinar on 17 January 2023.

How to Scale: Tactics to Enable the Adoption of Humanitarian Innovations

23 November 2022, 12:00-13:00 GMT Webinar

This online event will launch the third paper in our Scaling Series, How to Scale: Tactics to Enable the Adoption of Humanitarian Innovations, which provides a playbook of tactics for innovators who are aiming to scale through enabling other organisations to adopt their innovations. These tactics are also useful for innovators who are seeking to scale their innovation to other teams, offices and locations within their organisation that have not been involved in developing or testing the innovation. The panel discussion will be held on Wednesday 23 November 2022, 12:00pm – 1:00pm GMT.

Exploring Innovation Opportunities in Solid Waste Disposal (12 October)

12 October 2022, 14:00 - 14:50 BST Webinar

Join us at this year's Global WASH Cluster (GWC) Satellite Event as we launch our new Innovation Opportunities in Solid Waste Management report. The event will convene WASH coordination platform members and humanitarian partners to discuss the report’s findings and explore the role of sectoral and inter-sectoral coordination in addressing them.

Join the launch of our latest Humanitarian Health Evidence Review (22 June)

22 June 2022, 14:00-15:00 BST Webinar

Humanitarian crises pose a major threat to health and dignity worldwide. The implementation of evidence-informed interventions plays a vital role in maximising the impact of humanitarian response. Recognising that a significant body of humanitarian health research has been published in the last 10 years, this online event will launch our flagship publication An Evidence Review of Research on Health Interventions in Humanitarian Crises: 2021 Update (HHER2), in partnership with Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health. Key findings will be presented on Wednesday 22 June, 2:00pm – 3:00pm BST.

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