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The Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation

The Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI) is a Coalition comprised of governmental actors, knowledge institutes, academia, businesses, and humanitarian organizations in the Netherlands who develop and scale innovative solutions to increase the impact and reduce the costs of humanitarian action.

The Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation is a dynamic movement that leverages the power of resources, expertise and capabilities in the Netherlands to support humanitarian innovation with a global impact. The Coalition is recognized and acknowledged as the driving force in the Netherlands for effective humanitarian innovation.

The need for humanitarian innovation

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. However, the current approach to innovation in the humanitarian domain is often inadequate. Resources for research and development are lacking, innovative solutions are developed in isolation, and success is not being shared. Too often, innovation efforts fail to build on solutions already developed elsewhere, and the people involved in these efforts, do not manage to tap into the wealth of expertise around them.

 

Connect. Create. Collaborate.

The Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI) strives to increase the impact and reduce the cost of emergency action through innovation with public and private partners in the Netherlands.

DCHI brings together governmental actors, knowledge institutes, academia, businesses, and humanitarian organizations and enables them to jointly develop and scale innovative solutions in line with the initiatives we focus on. DCHI is currently focusing on Energy and Safety and Protection.

Within the Coalition, partners work in line with the guiding principles.

To realize impact with innovation supporting these initiatives, DCHI:

Who we are

DCHI was launched in 2016 by the Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Nederland, UNICEF Netherlands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Municipality of The Hague, and VNO-NCW. The Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands joined the DCHI board in 2017.

The DCHI board organisations are each represented by one board member and one focal point. Suzanne Laszlo, Director of UNICEF Netherlands, is the Chair of the DCHI board.

The DCHI board is supported by the DCHI team. Updates about the team and vacancies can be found here.

DCHI is based at the Hague Humanity Hub.

The Coalition consists of more than 300 actors, click here if you want to know more about how to join DCHI.