In humanitarian crises, people need material assistance, such as food, water and medical aid, as well as psychological support. However, it is necessary to look beyond these material needs, and include broader issues of personal safety and dignity. If people affected by crisis are provided with food and medical aid, but remain unsafe from conflict, and if they live in solid shelter, but are unprotected from threats such as physical violence, sexual exploitation and abuse, and discrimination, something vital is missing from an adequate humanitarian response.
Concerns for safety and protection have gained increasing recognition in humanitarian response, and are now integrated in programming covering most crises. At the same time, numerous pressing issues persist. Gender-Based Violence is still rampant in many conflict settings, most refugees are still living in highly unstable and unsafe conditions, and cases of child-marriage, child-labour, and other forms of child-abuse increase sharply when these crises persist.
These pressing problems call for new solutions with increased impact. To better address the current issues around safety and protection which crisis affected populations and humanitarian staff are facing, the opportunities offered by new technologies and innovation from within and outside of the humanitarian sector, need to be explored. DCHI therefore supports the spreading of awareness and knowledge around these challenges, and the exploration of innovative solutions to deal with them, enabling coalition partners to better understand the issue, to connect to each other, and to take concrete action together.
DCHI Partner War Child will from now on focus more on psychosocial problems in international emergency aid, but cannot do that alone, argues director Tjipke Bergsma View
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. View
On Tuesday 16th April the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) Partners came together again for a Peer to Peer feedback session on the final drafts of their challenge briefs. The final submissions will be shared within the DCHI ecosystem, as well as external networks. This will enable external parties to share their knowledge, expertise, skills and (parts of) possible solutions to support the humanitarian organisations in realizing an impactful change in the described situations. View
Last week DCHI had the opportunity to check in with our Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) Partners for the first time since the Kick-Off of the Safety & Protection Accelerator programme at the beginning of this month. We facilitated a short working session to gain feedback from their progress so far, and offer further guidance on the challenge brief phase, which will go on to frame their pilot initiatives. View
On March 4th DCHI facilitated the kick-off workshop for all the members of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) of the Dutch Relief Alliance Innovation Fund Call 2019 (DIF Call 2019). The goal of the workshop was to define general Problem Statements which form the basis for the members to choose which challenges from in the field they will focus on, as well as to encourage collaboration between the different DRA members. View
The Dutch Relief Alliance has asked DCHI to facilitate the Dutch Relief Alliance Innovation Fund Call 2019 (DIF Call 2019) in line with the DCHI Humanitarian Accelerator Programme (HAP). The HAP mechanism has been developed by DCHI to support humanitarian innovation with impact at scale. Integrating the lessons learned from the collaboration between DRA and DCHI around the DIF Call in 2018, the HAP will form the basis of the process for the DIF Call 2019. View