Humanitarian Accelerator Programme – June 28th, 2019
Across two intensive days hosted by DCHI, the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) partners had the opportunity to present their final Concept Notes, for the DRA Innovation Fund on Safety & Protection. Thanks to a robust review committee, the 16 submitted concept notes have been narrowed down to 8 successful applications, who will move on to the full proposal phase of the Call.
The DRA partners were able to give a short pitch to the review committee, to summarise the specific problem they endeavour to tackle alongside their proposed innovative solution, whilst showcasing their cross-sector consortiums. The pitch was followed by a Q&A session with the review committee, to further justify and clarify their proposals. This committee comprised of 5 members with expertise in either Safety and Protection within the Humanitarian Sector, or indeed innovation, ensuring the proposal could be adequately assessed on all relevant fronts.
DCHI hosted and facilitated the review process, from the selection of the review committee members, to ensuring the process followed DRA guidelines, to finally framing the discussion around the potential for innovation of the specific projects. Using the DRA guidelines, DCHI ensured that credit was awarded specifically for their innovative quality, their potential impact and sustainability, their consortium, and the considerations given to the project management.
In July, DCHI will be facilitating a workshop on ‘How to write an Innovation Pilot Plan’. This will give the applicants preparing to submit full proposals at the end of the summer, the chance to gather some final tips and tricks using the feedback they have already received.
We would like to congratulate every applicant for clearly putting a significant amount of time and effort into these concept notes, both at headquarter and field level. It has been actively recognised that the standard of concept notes has significantly improved since last year, and we aspire to only keep raising these standards in the future. We wish all those who will now develop their full proposals the best of luck!
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.