Peter Klansoe, Regional Director of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
The support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is truly a significant recognition of our ambition to be frontrunners when it comes to innovation and transparency in humanitarian aid. It is strong encouragement to strive towards improving humanitarian aid in conflict areas in Somalia where regular access by expatriate staff and sometime national staff is often difficult. The new innovation fund will be introduced in the context of DRC’s comprehensive emergency relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.
Using mobile communication devices and access to internet based platforms our project will introduce simple and transparent tools for feedback and beneficiary participation in the Community-Driven Recovery and Development (CDRD) projects. Our ambition is to develop new tools for the improvement of transparency in the context of remote management. As soon as we have tangible experience and proof of these innovative accountability systems we will share them with a wider audience of other humanitarian agencies operational in the Horn of Africa.
We are currently developing systems and procedures for subsequent testing. Tested systems should be ready for deployment by end of September 2011. Amongst the systems under development are the following:
When the system is ready for deployment, we will move to the implementation stage of the innovation which will consist of the following main steps:
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