Humanitarian emergencies are reaching unprecedented levels, and the capacity of the sector has been stretched. New approaches are needed to meet increasing needs with fewer resources.

Our primary aim is to serve populations affected by natural disaster or conflict, to reduce suffering and offer solutions to assist in their recovery. To do this we believe innovation and continuous improvement must be core to emergency response.

The Response Innovation Lab will drive development and delivery of effective new products, processes, services and operational models on the ground in an emergency. Creating a supportive and safe environment on the ground to invent, test and adapt new ways of dealing with problems is key to enabling more systemic change in a risk-averse and resource-constrained environment.

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 are effective, safe and empowering.

Credit: Impact Hub
Credit: Impact Hub

“The enterprise that does not innovate inevitably ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the present…. That decline will be fast.”
- Peter Drucker