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...

Elrha Board of Trustees 

Our Board of Trustees has overall responsibility for the organisation; it approves our strategic direction, ensuring we are focused on delivering against our ambitious strategy, vision and mission.

Our Board is also responsible for ensuring we are legally compliant, approve policies, annual plans and manages organisational risk. Elrha’s CEO, Jess Camburn, reports to the Chair of the Board.

Meet our Trustees

Our Board is supported by a number of expert advisory and technical groups, as well as Funding Committees.

Programme Advisory Groups 

Our Programme Advisory Groups advise our Board of Trustees on the strategic direction of our programmes – the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) and Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC). The Advisory Groups provide us with technical advice and expertise and make recommendations regarding our programme priorities, helping us to set the direction and framework for our grant-making.

The Advisory Groups also select and appoint our Funding Committee members. The Chairs of the Advisory Groups report to our Elrha Board of Trustees.

Meet the HIF’s Advisory Group
Meet R2HC’s Advisory Group

Programme Funding Committees 

Our Programme Funding Committees make independent decisions on the research studies and innovation projects we should fund, and have the authority to make funding decisions up to a pre-agreed amount. Their decision-making follows robust processes, which may vary depending on the size of the grant, but in all cases is independent and transparent.

The Chairs of our Programme Funding Committees report to their respective Advisory Group.

Meet R2HC’s Funding Committee

Technical Working Groups

Our Technical Working Groups provide a greater depth of technical expertise in the thematic areas we focus on. Our Programme Advisory Groups delegate their duties to the Technical Working Groups in these specific thematic areas, including, but not limited to, WASH and GBV.

The Chairs of our Technical Working Groups report to our Programme Advisory Groups.

Meet the members of our WASH Technical Working Groups.

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