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HIF Presentation - IFRC

Humanitarian Innovation Fund
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Nicolas Kroger

on 5 November 2012

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Transcript of HIF Presentation - IFRC

Eligibility
‘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 Who can apply for a grant?
Lead applicants must be either:
(a) a non-profit institution such as a non-governmental organization;
(b) a public or governmental institution;
(c) an academic or research institution.

Consortia applications: The HIF strongly encourages consortia applications that bring together a range of actors and draw on a relevant diversity of knowledge, experience and expertise. all proposals will be assessed against the following selection criteria (equally weighted): We expect to make two calls for the large grant facility this year. Dates will be published in the near future.

Stage one: submit a short expression of interest form (deadline 4-6 weeks after announcement)
The HIF secretariat reviews all EOI submitted and invites eligible proposals to submit a full application

Stage two: submit full application (Deadline 10-12 weeks after announcement)

Note you cannot submit a full application without invitation by the secretariat. Small Grants The small grant facility is open around the year

You can expect an application to be reviewed and a decision communicated within a month of applying Large Grants 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 funds 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. Innovation Stages Funding Facilities Application Process Selection Criteria Relevance
potential impact
Scalability Approach
Methodology Feasibility
Effectiveness Team Composition
Capacity to Implement 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. Diffusion of the innovation leading to its wider adoption, outside the original setting. Development of the innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines. Implementation of the innovation to produce real instances of changed practice, often initially using pilots and then scaling up promising innovations. HIF Website Videos Projects Blogs Newsletter Webinar InnoCentive Red Cross Beneficiary Communications Haiti PRESENTATION Why did the HIF fund this project? 4+ innovation is not the use of SMS (which isn't that innovative) but the scaling of the existing 1-way alerts service into a more interactive communications platform. This is a problem which has not been cracked and is key to bringing affected populations into the loop of relief work If successfully implemented and supported with evidence, it has the potential for wider applications within the humanitarian sector and beyond (e.g. potential applications for citizen voices in action and e-governance initiatives in Haiti, etc) The design is well thought through

Very strong stakeholder/partner representation.

Documents learning by experimenting

Proactive Dissemination strategy

Good risk management outline. 4 The technology appears mature enough to build the application: No technical barriers

It can even be scaled (and replicable) using the same initial infrastructure investment

The Two-Way communication is a popular concept and mobile technology can make it more attainable

Part of a wider initiative 4 IFRC and its partners have strong implementing capacity 4+ Did the HIF project apply to specific components of the larger programme? Was it an additional component to the existing project?

Did the HIF contribution constitute a sort of tipping point for the programme?

Did it contribute to a certain recognition from within the sector?

What about the contribution from other partners (digicel, voila) and the importance of collaboration with private sector / academia etc.) Why did you apply?

What were the important point of the proposal?

What did you learn for the HIF? In Summary Innovative, i.e. there is something new here

Technology worth trying (risk), good potential

Well designed and thought through - not specifically designed for the HIF but role for HIF to play.

Benefits are well linked to communities

Very strong Collaboration

Strong capacity to implement Design your own HIF Programme... Choose your Funding Facility Have you identified a challenge or an opportunity for innovation

Do you have a solution or idea which addresses the challenge/ seizes the opportunity?

Is the solution or idea at a stage where it can be developed further & implemented? Creativity vs Rigour Prepare your application What is the challenge you are addressing?

What are the current practices?

What is innovative / unique / new compared to the existing practices?

What will be the outcome?

How will you measure the success of your innovation? How are you going to compare against existing practices?

How are you going to implement your innovation

How are you going to scale up your innovation?
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