What we do

Empower the Innovator – Building the Coalition

DCHI is building a strong coalition to empower innovators working for better humanitarian aid and development. You can partner with organisations that make humanitarian impact. Take a look at the coalition and how to join below to see how we can help you grow into innovation or find new ways to collaborate. Fill in our Join Us form to access our network. Or sign up for one of the DCHI Events to connect to this community of international impact makers.

For every new Challenge, there is an Opportunity

To facilitate the DCHI community in even more ways to make change, DCHI is actively reaching out to engage and connect humanitarian actors. With it, the coalition has launched Source2Gather. A new way working for effective aid and development. In this online marketplace solution providers and opportunity seekers are supported to increase their local impact. It is a way for the coalition to put organisational values into action. In times of pressing needs during COVID19 DCHI launched the content platform in April 2020:The platform is fully interactive, to make sure that we can gather your input, and continue sharing information. You can share a challenge you feel we’ve missed, an existing solution or general feedback.

Connect during DCHI Academy & Cafés

By completing your practical and theoretical knowledge DCHI helps you to get adapted to humanitarian innovation and connected to the coalition. Joining the DCHI Academy and our Focal Point cafés will gain you knowledge and practical insights from academics, business experts, and (non)profit challenge owners! As true thought leaders DCHI’s Innovation Managers are frequently sharing their proof based, learnings, innovation insights and inspirational media tips to keep you moving.

The coalition is there to help you innovate and to make sure humanitarian work is effectively connected. Learn with us these for now online events, they are free to attend and open for you and your peers.

Make sure these connections create a sustainable impact, join the course or play the DCHI simualtion game!

A proven three-step model WANT – FIND – GET

DCHI can help you get your innovation programme or vision on a runaway success by facilitating interventions. Humanitarian processes are complex, time-consuming and costly. Instead of fundraising as a starting point, problem definition and articulation are needed. DCHI can facilitate in the diverse stages of innovation, such as scaling strategies, supporting proof based decision making, designing a plan of action and standardised reporting. Therefore this model based on the ‘want find get manage’ (WFGM) model, is applicable to organisations and companies of all sizes and industries, and has already been examined and documented in past research. For DCHI and it’s actors it is being used as the foundation and will be modified and expanded with additional detail and other models.

Collaborate in our proven acceleration progammes and coalition spotlights. DCHI has been prototyping these methods since its foundation. Read more about the latest results of the Humanitarian Accelerator Programmes on Energy, Living with Floods and Safety and Protection.


TeamUp is an intervention developed by Save the Children, UNICEF and War Child to meet the urgent psychosocial needs of refugee children.

DCHI has recently helped TeamUp. It helped the programme team to focus on defining the ambition, describing the different approaches to scale and aligning the different visions and ideas within the coalition. Key to the work DCHI was an interactive workshop aligning strategy, ambition and journey to scale. How DCHI can support you in your needs of scaling innovation? Contact Sandra Jaipal