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We are proud to present the second edition of our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Innovation Catalogue. This is an updated collection of some of the most promising solutions in WASH.

The second edition of our Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s WASH Innovation Catalogue is now live!

First published in 2019, we have now updated our extensive Catalogue of HIF-funded water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) innovations across most technical areas. The updated Catalogue offers easier navigation, updated evidence on a range of our innovations, plus a number of newly added innovation projects.

In the second edition of our Catalogue, you can also find updated contact details for each project so you can get in touch for more information. We will continue to update the information in the Catalogue regularly in the future, both the online and print versions.

What can I use the Catalogue for?

With over 2,000 downloads, the first edition of the WASH Innovation Catalogue is a widely referenced resource on the newest ideas and solutions for pressing problems in humanitarian WASH.

We know that many of our innovation teams have been approached by potential partners after they were featured in the Catalogue, and hope that WASH practitioners will continue to explore the potential benefits of adopting innovations through browsing the Catalogue.

Funding available for early adopters

This December we will launch a new Innovation Challenge: the Adoption Challenge, offering funding for humanitarian organisations interested in adopting one or more of our funded innovations. Get a head start by getting to know the innovations in our updated Catalogue!

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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

Elrha

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. (2019)

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. (2019)

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