The case study ‘Adaptive Innovation in the Ukraine Humanitarian Response: How Context, Leadership and Partnerships Matter’ paints a picture of how the humanitarian community has used and engaged with research, evidence and innovation in the first year of the response to the crisis in Ukraine. This assignment is a part of Elrha’s Global Prioritisation Exercise (GPE) for Humanitarian Research and Innovation.
Russia’s re-invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 caused a massive humanitarian emergency with an estimated 17.7 million people in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Ukraine was a new country of operation for most humanitarian agencies, and for Ukranian organisations the crisis presented a new context. This led to significant scaling up and uncertainty in the humanitarian response to the crisis.
Key findings from the case study:
Based on the experiences highlighted in the case study, the key recommendations are:
This study was led and co-authored by Nigel Timmins (Humanitarian Consultant) and Anton Shevchenko (Independent Consultant). 33 semi-structured interviews were conducted with key informants. The consultants contacted a range of international agencies operational in Ukraine, the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health clusters in-country, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, and national actors identified in the Disasters Emergency Committee-funded Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Scoping Exercise – they in turn suggested people to speak with. This case study is not a systematic study, but it offers good anecdotal evidence of significant innovation that is taking place within a hugely demanding response context. There is less evidence of original research, but that is unsurprising at this stage in a humanitarian response.
The Global Prioritisation Exercise (GPE) aims to improve outcomes for people affected by crisis by amplifying the impact of investments in research and innovation and understanding the priorities at all levels. It will provide a detailed overview of the progress and performance of the humanitarian research and innovation ecosystem with a clear set of priorities for research and innovation funding and attention.
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