DCHI Academy – Humanitarian Innovation Course Insights

Today already marks the third week since the DCHI Humanitarian innovation course kicked off. A core group of 25 eager participants joins the weekly classes, facilitated by our Coalition partners. This weeks’ lesson was all about collaborating with multiple stakeholders & building a coalition/ ecosystem. We are excited about the interaction and insights during the course! We Empower The Innovator and build a meaningful coalition to increase the impact and reduce inefficiency and the costs of humanitarian action. Next week we will dive into entrepreneurship goals with Mercy Corps and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences.

𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗲𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺?

This BIG question was guiding our DCHI Humanitarian Innovation Course this week. Fronteer, a global strategy & innovation firm, shared their professional expertise on how co creation leads to the design of meaningful projects with their clients.

𝐇𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐎𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐔𝐩

In practice, the current challenges in the humanitarian sector puts together multiple dimensions and obstacles that must be taken into account. Frank Velthuizen from War Child Holland explained how TeamUp, an evidence-based intervention, is scaling up and expanding their impact. With the goal of helping 1 million children around the globe by 2025 in mind, our participants were asked to share their ideas on how to maintain quality of implementation at scale?!

Clear roles and commitment

There was general consensus that co-creating & innovating together with multiple partners is a tricky business. There are several watch-outs to be mindful of, establishing clear roles and commitment to create impact amongst other things. Building a healthy foundation comes with several design challenges. But no worries, we’ve got you covered! Check out the toolkit from MIT D-Lab on the DCHI Bookshelf about creating inclusive partnerships based on a year-long learning journey. A very practical step-by-step toolkit filled with easy to use canvasses to set you up for successful public-private partnerships. Healthy partnerships, coalitions & ecosystems don’t happen overnight and are always in flux. This toolkit will at least help you build a more durable foundation for the future.  

Online Access to Materials and Resources

The DCHI course findings in the larger theme of “humanitarian innovation” underscore the importance of open access to learning, materials and resources. Platforms like Kaya are integral for sharing course information and helping our coalition manage innovation in their programmes and projects. The responses of the students currently participating in the course tell us they see the innovation methods becoming the logical default and want to share materials and learnings in an organized and easy-to-navigate format within their organisations. The course resources will be available on Kaya, the humanitarian leadership academy in a couple of months. Until than you can read and listen materials used or highlighted by the course instructors from the DCHI Library .

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