Turkey and Syria earthquake: evidence-based innovations and guidance for acute crisis response.

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.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...

What works?

This is the big question. Answering it is central to everything we do.

We have supported more than 200 world-class research studies and innovation projects, championing new ideas and different approaches in order to evidence what works in humanitarian response.

It’s not just about pinpointing ‘what works’. We transform that evidence-based knowledge into practical tools and guidance for humanitarian responders to apply in some of the most difficult situations affecting people and communities.

Take a look at our 2019-2023 strategy.


We identify and prioritise the most pressing problems within humanitarian response and plan the research and innovation approaches needed to tackle them.


We invest in the right people to research, explore, develop, and test the solutions to these problems.


We create and share practical tools and guidance based on the evidence of what works.


We empower the humanitarian community to adopt what works.

Find out more about what we do




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