Elrha is born, and sets out to bridge the gap between academics and humanitarians.
We see the potential of innovating to improve humanitarian response and launch our Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) – the first of its kind.
We launch our second programme, Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) to generate more and better evidence of what works in public health interventions to improve outcomes for people affected by crises
We establish our first thematic-focused area of work, looking at how innovation can address complex problems in humanitarian WASH.
(In 2019, we published our WASH Innovation Catalogue, showcasing over 30 potential solutions. Read it here)
In response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we ran a special rapid response funding call through our R2HC programme. Findings of the research contributed to the public health response, directly supporting efforts to bring the outbreak under control and inform future responses.
We develop a second thematic area of work, focusing on GBV and exploring how innovation can play a vital role in addressing this complex and global problem.
We establish our bespoke ‘Journey to Scale’ initiative in response to a sector wide demand for greater understanding of tackling the barriers to scale.
(We published our report about the barriers to scaling, sharing our knowledge and learnings in 2018. Read Too Tough to Scale.)
Through our Global Prioritisation Exercise, we identify shared priorities in the system, so that both research and innovation are better connected to global efforts to improve humanitarian response. See our Mapping Report .
Originally a hosted entity of Save the Children UK, Elrha achieves a significant milestone and becomes an independent charity.
We consolidated our innovation knowledge and learning and transformed it into a practical resource; the Humanitarian Innovation Guide. Whether you’re an innovator, a humanitarian, or both, our Guide helps people and organisations define humanitarian problems and successfully develop innovative solutions.
Happy birthday, Elrha! 2019 marks our tenth year…
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