Front-end, operational support will be managed by the Deployable Response Innovation Labs, consisting of cross-disciplinary experts from humanitarian NGOs, the private sector, civil society institutions and academic research centres. The RIL will be deployed with a lab manager in the early stages of an emergency and will remain for the relief and recovery period, e g. the first month until two years after the disaster.


On the ground in a disaster zone, Deployed Labs will foster new ideas to context-specific problems.

To make this possible, the Response Innovation Lab will have:

  • A roster of experienced humanitarian innovators for deployment to disaster contexts. A Lab Manager will be deployed first and then request addition support based on the needs in context (for example, shelter advisor, energy advisor, community communications advisor)
  • A physical space for innovators to work and collaborate safely
  • Eco systems mapping specific to country or context, to ensure local companies, academic institutions and innovators are a core part of the problem solving
  • International partners and a network of organisations which can provide a range of resources to support the deployed labs (e.g. advisors in shelter, emergency and community communications)
  • A matching making service to connect problems identified by or reported to the lab with existing successful innovations.
  • Resource support for people and projects like mentoring, training, innovation exchange evidence assistance.
  • Grant funding for innovation projects.

These services are currently being developed from the initial trials in Nepal and Jordan. If you want to help build these please contact us.

More information on these projects can be found here.

Photo credit: Field Ready
Photo credit: Field Ready

"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