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.
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