We believe that by collaborating, together we can meet humanitarian needs and aspirations more efficiently and effectively. The Response Innovation Lab expects to speed up the innovation cycle in emergency settings, empower users to solve their own problems, support humanitarian operations and generate context-appropriate solutions, helping innovations achieve appropriate widespread use and sustainability.

To do this, the Lab collaborates with humanitarian staff and social entrepreneurs to gain meaningful and equitable access to platforms and spaces for humanitarian innovation. Innovation is enabled with locally driven problem identification, ideation, design and production of innovative products and services.

The Lab partners with international NGOs, academic institutions, governments, private sector, local and international innovators, and affected populations to improve humanitarian innovation knowledge, skills and practice, ensuring approaches that are effective, resilience oriented, safe and empowering.


"The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system."
- Kevin Kelly