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HIF - Creating Space for Innovation in Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian Innovation Fund

Nicolas Kroger

on 9 April 2013

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Transcript of HIF - Creating Space for Innovation in Humanitarian Aid

‘Humanitarian aid’ is aid and action designed to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity during and in the aftermath of emergencies.

Governed by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence

Intended to be short-term in nature and provide for activities in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Does not cover poverty reduction efforts that are not linked to disasters or emergencies. ‘Innovations are dynamic processes which focus on the creation and implementation of new or improved products and services, processes, positions and paradigms. Novelty on its own is not a virtue, and innovations should clearly have the potential to improve operational humanitarian performance.

Although innovation and technology are often linked, they are not synonymous, and the adoption of new technology is not sufficient

The cross-application of established ideas or technologies into humanitarian settings is not in itself innovative

Not all innovations are of the same magnitude, and the transaction costs of an innovation must be commensurate with its potential impact Further information and support "support organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance." "The humanitarian sector has been slow to change. New approaches such as giving people cash (…) have taken years to go to scale" The institutional weight of past practice is giving way all too slowly to the insights of creative practitioners When it comes to saving lives in an emergency, we need to be as efficient and effective as we can. On of the ways this can be achieved is through greater use of new technologies and new practices, harnessing the best of new science, new processes and the new ideas from those affected." "Whilst there have been a few successes, such as nutrition where new food products have proven revolutionary, these have been driven by committed individuals usually without support." - Humanitarian Emergency Response Review - - Humanitarian Emergency Response Review - - Humanitarian Innovation Fund - - Larry Minear, ALNAP RHA in 2004 - - Global Humanitarian Assistance - ‘Doing something new, or doing something established in new ways’ Humanitarian Innovation - The Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s Vision - A humanitarian system that is capable of innovating and adapting to meet the needs of today and tomorrow. Successful innovations are those that result in improvements in efficiency, effectiveness, quality or social outcomes/impacts. They consist of five broadly defined stages: recognition, invention, development, implementation and diffusion.’ That will contribute to improving the relevance, appropriateness, coverage, efficiency and / or effectiveness of humanitarian aid relative to existing practices. Concretely, the HIF will look at innovations That are at any of the 5 stages of the innovation process (1 - recognition, 2 - invention, 3 - development, 4 - implementation and 5 - diffusion) and 1 2 Recognition of a problem, a challenge, or an obstacle to be overcome; with a corresponding opportunity for innovation. Invention of a solution, or an idea, which helps to address the problem or seize the opportunity. Implementation of the innovation to produce real instances of changed practice, often initially using pilots and then scaling up promising innovations. Development of the innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines. Diffusion of the innovation leading to its wider adoption, outside the original setting. Funding Facilities HIF Website Videos Projects Blogs Newsletter Webinar InnoCentive The number of ideas gradually diminish from left to right – as ideas are ‘selected out’ - many proposed innovations will not ‘make the grade’, and being open to a degree of failure is essential for successful innovation management HIF Small & Large grant facility Resources Resources External resources provided to support existing or emerging ideas.

Applications for support at any stage of the innovation process. Grants are used to support ideas move from one innovation phase to the next HIF Sector Streams Resources Resources Establishing and supporting processes which focus on the generation and facilitation of innovative ideas in priority areas.

Resources are invested at the recognition stage to identify clear challenges in need of innovation and then grants are allocated to source innovative solutions to the identified challenges identify challenges Grants to source innovative solutions Grants Grants Identifying and funding innovative organisations, individuals and networks.

‘decentralised approach’ to supporting innovation, which places the emphasis on consortia, organisations and individuals as the agents of innovation.

Support can also help enabling conditions for innovation – for example, by building capacities in managing innovation or creating networks to provide individual innovators with information, mentoring and contacts. Relationships and networks Individual and organisational capacities Resources Resources Identify and Support Networks Directive leadership for product identification and strategic procurement Resources resources are channelled to key individuals or groups who are then assigned responsibility for making decisions about how much to spend and on what products, using existing knowledge of the challenges and the range of products already on the market. Scale up
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