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

A global organisation that finds solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation..
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.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

We identify the most pressing humanitarian challenges in WASH and design innovation challenges to find and support the right solutions.

Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian settings is a life-threatening issue. It undermines dignity, causes pain, and is a threat to equality and development around the globe. We are exploring potential solutions to address humanitarian GBV through both our research and innovation programmes.


To us, scale means building on demonstrated successes in humanitarian innovation. It means ensuring that solutions reach their maximum potential, they have the greatest possible impact, and they lead to widespread change.

Locally-led Innovation

Find out all about our Humanitarian Innovation Fund's focus on locally-led innovation.

Inclusion Of People With Disabilities And Older People

This area of work explores the barriers to and opportunities for the inclusion of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian response.

Undernutrition and Food Insecurity

Driven by climate change, conflict, and economic crises, global food insecurity is growing. Our new programme of research aims to prevent undernutrition in pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under the age of five in food insecure contexts.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Experiencing a humanitarian emergency can significantly impact the mental health and psychosocial well-being of a person. Since 2014 we have been supporting research to ensure evidenced-based interventions for mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian crises.


Here you can find out about our work supporting the humanitarian sector to respond to the challenges of COVID-19, including the latest learning and updates from our rapid research studies.

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