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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.
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In 2012, DFID launched a strategy which promotes innovation and evidence-based approaches to building resilience and responding to humanitarian crises. The first of its kind from a bilateral donor, this strategy aimed to address four key problems which DFID identified in global humanitarian response:

  • Decision-makers do not have routine access to good information about the multiple dimensions of risk.
  • We don’t really know which interventions are most effective at reducing risk, saving lives and rebuilding livelihoods after crises.
  • There is insufficient capacity to build resilience or mount responses when disaster strikes.
  • Decision-makers are not always using available evidence to inform their decisions.

DFID has supported ELRHA to try and address several of these problems through its Research for Health in Humanitarian Crisis (R2HC) and Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) programmes.

Now, two years after its launch, DFID have released a overview of the strategy which sets out the research projects funded as part of this strategy, and marks out where DFID will continue to focus over the next two to three years.

The report can be read here.

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