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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.
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We are proud to present this catalogue as a collection of some of the most promising new solutions in WASH, offering the WASH practitioner community a unique opportunity to access over 30 innovations that could help to solve their most pressing problems.

Over the last few years, we have heavily invested in funding and supporting innovation and research in the WASH sector, highlighting gaps in evidence, exploring the problems, identifying opportunities where innovation can play a vital role, and funding the right people to find potential solutions.

Our WASH Innovation Catalogue is the first of its kind. It offers a unique overview of some of the most promising new solutions in WASH, and is designed to help practitioners decide which innovations could help them solve their most pressing problems. Taking an innovation from idea to scale can take years, and the innovations featured in this catalogue are all at different stages on that journey, but what this offers the WASH sector now is a look at the exciting work happening around the world to address common challenges.

We Need You.

Driving uptake and adoption of what works to improve humanitarian response is what we strive to do, but we can’t do it alone. We know that despite increased investment, scaling humanitarian innovations remains a considerable ongoing challenge – that’s why we’ve put together this catalogue.

Jess Camburn, CEO


Imagine if more innovations were given the chance to scale? What would this mean for those around the world who are affected by crises? Through adopting innovations more routinely into humanitarian response, with more partnerships and further investment, and with the piloting of these potential solutions, together, we can make change happen. This catalogue, while just one small part of our collective effort to improve how humanitarian response in WASH is delivered, could have a huge impact in the hands of the right people.

Dominique Porteaud

Global WASH Cluster Co-ordinator, UNICEF

Innovation without uptake is futile; as a community of practitioners, researchers, donors and coordinators, we all play an important role in ensuring that the investment made in WASH innovation is translated to impact, with more people getting the right help they need, when they need it.

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