The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.


New report launch: Too tough to scale?

Despite increased investment in the area, scaling humanitarian innovations is still a big and ongoing challenge. In our latest report we identify key barriers and explore ways of moving forward.

Using innovation to break down barriers to handwashing in emergency settings

The steps to washing your hands seem simple. You just grab the soap, turn on the tap and follow the guidance. But what if you don’t have soap, or any clean water? Sometimes it takes more than 3 steps to wash your hands.

The problem with problem recognition: incentives, influence and intellectual shortcuts

We must constantly respond to problems and look for improvements in the way that we work and the outcomes that we deliver. Sometimes a failure to see sufficient change might lead us to a bigger problem that requires a rethink of ‘standard practice’ entirely. This is what we mean by innovation...


Improving MHM action in emergencies: developing and piloting practical tools

IFRC have finalised the pilot version of their MHM Guidelines and Tools, and begun trialling these in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh as part of the Rohingya population movement operation.

Baseline Data Collection

WAHA are in Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia, seeking to collect high quality baseline data that will help them understand behaviours, attitudes and practices related to intimate partner violence.

Rebuilding from the Rubble: Clearing Explosive Hazards in Post-conflict Environments

The HALO Trust introduce us to their recognition project, HALO is seeking to better understand the scale and complexity of explosive contamination as well as the effectiveness of current survey and clearance methods.


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