The need for humanitarian innovation

On the picture below you see a community worker using a mobile phone to inform a mother on how to monitor her child’s health progress and immunization. This innovation promotes more effective procedures in humanitarian settings.

© © 2014 Geeta Verma/CARE

Inviting partners to share expertise on innovations in humanitarian settings

In the last ten years the need for humanitarian assistance has grown and become more complex. The amount of funding requested through inter-agency appeals has tripled, and the number of people targeted was four times as high in 2016 compared to 2006. Innovation is needed to meet the changing needs, increase efficiency and effectively use available resources.

CARE Nederland, being a partner of the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI), finds it important to innovate in her humanitarian work to achieve higher impact at lower costs. In order to achieve this, collaboration with external partners, such as expert organisations, governments, private sector companies and knowledge institutes, is key.

Call for collaboration: are you in for a challenge?

Within the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) – a coalition of 16 Dutch aid and humanitarian organisations – an Innovation Fund has been set up to encourage innovations in humanitarian settings initiated by the DRA partners. DRA partners, including CARE Nederland have defined concrete challenges that they would like to solve related to the theme of ‘Safety and Protection’. We have submitted challenges related to the following countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan and Pakistan. Do you or your company has the expertise to contribute to one of the following challenges? Please find more information in the PDF documents below:

Democratic Republic of Congo
Investing in prevention: A life saving priority
Full PDF document
Co-designing and co-creating community protection mechanisms
Full PDF document

Innovating life-saving support networks
Full PDF document

South Sudan
Innovating alternative fuel strategies for protection and livelihoods
Full PDF document 

Women Lead in Emergencies
Full PDF document

Do you see possibilities to collaborate? Please reach out to Richard Kooge (