Humanitarian Accelerator Programme – April 29th, 2019
We hereby invite different parties from the coalition to share opportunities and ideas to better address the current challenges which crisis affected populations and humanitarian staff are facing. If you would like to collaborate to solve these pressing issues, you can find the full list of challenges coming from the humanitarian organisations below, and see who to connect with for every single one of them.
This year the Dutch Relief Alliance launched its DRA Innovation Fund exclusively to find, develop and scale innovative solutions and approaches regarding this theme. DCHI has a strong facilitating role, supporting the DRA partners with the process in defining real challenges within their organisations, especially at field level and unlocking the wide DCHI network in order to find new parties who can support DRA partners with knowledge, expertise and (parts of) solutions. To learn more about the process so far, click here.
DRA partners have now defined their concrete challenges and outlined the skills, knowledge or experience they are still lacking in their search for innovative solutions and approaches to their challenges.
Do you have expertise, knowledge or solution that could contribute to the further development of potential innovations? Get in touch with the specific organisations (contact details in Challenge Briefs) and discuss possibilities for collaboration!
The four focus areas are:
1. How can we tackle barriers that exist to access services related to safety and protection for the most vulnerable people in need of these services
Rooted in tackling the issue of projects being implemented without reaching their potential impact due to existing barriers out there. Without increasing knowledge on (how to tackle) these barriers when accessing vulnerable people, the needs of these people will not adequately be met. These challenges are therefore particularly relevant for reaching refugees & IDP’s, alongside issues concerning gender and other vulnerabilities created by conflict.
2. How to improve approaches to addressing social/gender norms (harmful) & power structures in humanitarian settings
Understanding the perspective and needs of women and children in emergencies is key to humanitarian action moving forward. Humanitarian organisations aim to better understand gender norms and their relative disruptive power in the contexts where they work, as well as how support a more equal division of power and resources. The Dutch Relief Alliance Partners are looking for innovative approaches to address this.
3. How can we increase the mental health & Psychological wellbeing of people affected by humanitarian settings?
Mental health and psychological well being are increasingly recognized as important factors in providing relevant humanitarian aid. The Dutch Relief Alliance is keen to search for innovative solutions around this topic which will enable humanitarian organisations to offer more effective help to people affected by crisis, as well as to scale up promising succesful approaches together with partners.
4. How can we better facilitate communities to drive the design and implementation of the responses to their safety and protection challenges?
The Dutch Relief Alliance partners are looking for innovative ways in which affected communities can be more in the lead of the humanitarian aid offered by organisations. They are looking for solutions that for example enable two-way communication, accountability mechanisms and human centred design of solutions.
We forward to seeing great collaborations happening amongst our partners!
For questions regarding the process, please reach out to DCHI.
If people affected by crisis are provided with food and medical aid, but remain unsafe from conflict, something vital is missing from an adequate humanitarian response. To better address the current issues around safety and protection which crisis affected populations and humanitarian staff are facing, the opportunities provided by new technologies and innovation, need to be explored.