Shaping the future: Our strategy for research and innovation in humanitarian response.

A global organisation that finds solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation..
Our purpose is clear: we work in partnership with a global community of humanitarian actors, researchers and innovators to improve the quality of humanitarian action and deliver better outcomes for people affected by crises.
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To achieve our Strategy’s ambitions, we will need to work in partnership with a diverse range of organisations committed to achieving a step change in the role and impact of research and innovation in the most challenging humanitarian contexts.

By continuously demonstrating our influence in the sector and our ability to make change happen, we’ll strengthen our position with traditional and emerging humanitarian actors and donors, who will see that we’re generating robust solutions to priority needs. That we’re working to build a better humanitarian system.

We’ll continue to work with our highly valued long-term partners too- people and organisations that have supported us since our early years and helped us remain at the forefront of research and innovation practice. While nurturing these relationships, we’ll also build and explore new ones.

We believe there is huge potential for foundations, research funders and private sector actors to bring new thinking and expertise to the work that we do. Our deep experience, our established networks and credibility in the humanitarian sector, and our genuine excitement to learn from others and to hear new ideas and fresh perspectives mean we offer a perfect partnership opportunity.

If you share our values, our passion for change and our interest in responsible research and innovation, we’d love to talk.


Many people have been involved in the development of this Strategy. We want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in our interviews and community survey. Particular thanks go to our staff, Board of Trustees, funders, and partners, who have supported the evolution of our thinking and continue to help drive our ambition for the future. Finally, we would like to thank our incredible community of researchers and innovators whose work inspires us every day to believe that better is possible.

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