DCHI’s initiative Safety and Protection; is becoming more concrete as we invite different parties from the coalition to share opportunities and ideas to better address the current issues which crisis affected populations and humanitarian staff are facing and the role innovation can play.
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.
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 an impact due to existing barriers. Without increasing knowledge on barriers for 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
This aims to encapsulate the centrality of gender norms and their relative disruptive power. Unlike the development sector, the humanitarian sector is seemingly not focusing on this issue enough as a stand-alone focus for a project. Understanding the perspective and needs of women and children in emergencies is key to sustainability moving forward. The Dutch Relief Alliance Partners are looking for innovative approaches to address this opportunity.
3. How can we increase the mental health & Psychological wellbeing of people affected by humanitarian settings?
Mental health and psychological well being are increasingly important themes in providing 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.
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 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.