Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge’s publications reflect our research and reports, as well as what we have learned and where our program hopes to go in the future. Our program aims to contribute to and foster systems change within the humanitarian ecosystem through the sector’s uptake of the program’s learning and analysis. In efforts to do this, our program generates publications from the experiences, challenges and successes of Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovators. Through these publications, we provide information on important humanitarian and innovation issues, including barriers to scaling, humanitarian access, and in-depth case studies of structural barriers within the humanitarian system. These reports, case studies and learning briefs can be disseminated to the broader humanitarian community to influence transformative systems changes within the humanitarian ecosystem. The resources provided on this page can be shared and used freely – please see each resource for appropriate reference.
Featured Resources & Core Publications
Local Manufacturing in a Conflict Zone: Lessons from the White Helmets’ PPE Project
While the world has become increasingly globalized, humanitarian aid delivery has rapidly transitioned toward localization in the past decade. Actively partnering with and funding local actors has the potential to greatly increase humanitarian systems’ effectiveness. Local actors have greater access to and better understanding of culture and needs, making them invaluable assets in aid delivery. Encouraging local humanitarian interventions can also make aid more equitable by actively investing in capacity building.
In this report, written by The Reach Alliance, they examine how Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovator the White Helmets’ local manufacturing project enabled them to better identify needs and respond rapidly to them. By leveraging and building on local trust, the organization was able to deliver a successful humanitarian response. Beyond addressing short-term needs, the project also contributes to sustainable development in a conflict zone by offering employment opportunities and improving local capacity.
Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge | Annual Report
From locally manufacturing personal protective equipment, to growing food using methods that require 90% less water, to countering the harmful spread of health misinformation and disinformation in conflict zones, Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovators are creating real impact and positive changes to the way humanitarian assistance is delivered.
This Annual Report details the Humanitarian Grand Challenge’s growing portfolio of humanitarian innovations, showcases our achievements to date and provides humanitarian donors, agencies, and practitioners with valuable lessons and learning points with a view to strengthening the humanitarian system.
Political and Social Barriers to Scaling Humanitarian Innovation
Within the humanitarian innovation landscape, innovators often experience a myriad of barriers or challenges when embarking upon their journey to scale. Although existing literature highlights the challenges and barriers to scale in humanitarian innovation, social and political barriers in the sector – such as gender, racial inequity, and imbalances in power – add another layer of complexity to already defined barriers in innovation, and yet, have received less attention in the literature.
Acknowledging the gap of certain barriers in humanitarian innovation research, Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge (HGC) conducted semi-structured interviews with several HGC supported innovators to outline the social and political factors that complicate scaling journeys in conflict-affected contexts. This innovator profile showcases Humanity Data Systems’ innovation, HOPE and HELP, and provides a summary of identified social and political barriers Humanity Data Systems have been facing along their journey to scale.
How Do Great Ideas Scale? Learning From Scaling Successes in Humanitarian Innovation
Scaling innovations in the humanitarian sector is notoriously difficult, and existing research highlights the many barriers and challenges to scaling humanitarian innovations. This study seeks to fill an important gap in the literature by identifying and outlining key lessons from humanitarian innovations that have successfully scaled. The research focuses on five case studies of innovations that have, each in their own way, fostered new ways of working within the humanitarian sector. We explore the drivers of their success, the strategies deployed by innovators, and the lessons learned along the way. In doing so, we offer learning points for donors and innovators seeking to scale innovations in the humanitarian sector to foster a more supportive ecosystem for scaling innovation.Read the Full Report
Cite this Report: Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge. (2021). How do Great Ideas Scale? Learning From Scaling Successes in Humanitarian Innovation. Grand Challenges Canada.
Field Ready | Cost Effectiveness Case Study
Field Ready, a non-profit organization, has pioneered an innovation that incorporates local manufacturing thereby transforming the way that needs are met in humanitarian contexts. Where 60-80% of humanitarian ai is spent on ‘logistical costs’, Field Ready locally manufactures and repairs essential items in the communities where they are most needed, influencing systems change by reducing the costs, time and depletion of resources associated with global supply chains by producing and repairing essential items locally.
Cite this Case Study: Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge. (2021). Field Ready Cost Effectiveness Case Study. Grand Challenges Canada.
Analysis of Barriers Affecting Innovations in Humanitarian Contexts
This report identifies and analyzes barriers and challenges affecting innovations in humanitarian contexts. This includes contextual and political challenges that have historically blocked innovation and service provision within the humanitarian sector.
Cite this report: Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge. (2020). Analysis of Barriers Affecting Innovations in Humanitarian Contexts. Grand Challenges Canada.
Descriptive Portfolio Analysis (Sense-making Portfolio)
This report identifies and analyzes the Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge‘s portfolio of humanitarian innovations, in order to generate insight on the key descriptive characteristics of the portfolio. It serves as a point of reflection on and synthesis of the nature and type of Humanitarian Grand Challenge investments in the space of humanitarian innovation.
Cite this report: Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge. (2020). Descriptive Portfolio Analysis. Grand Challenges Canada.
Grant Award Review
This report, commissioned by The Research people, assesses how well the Humanitarian Grand Challenge awarded innovations address barriers and gaps identified across the four thematic areas (life-saving information, health, energy, and water and sanitation).
Cite this report: Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge. (2020). Grant Award Review. Grand Challenges Canada.
The Story of the Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge Community
This document highlights the incredible achievements of Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovators, from building partnerships hat have led to new initiatives, to plugging gaps in one-another’s knowledge, to moving forward with others’ wisdom and support. This document also highlights key insights, lessons learnt and provocations that are key in taking this community of innovators to its next stage of maturity.
Interested in collaborating and contributing to this community? Please contact [email protected] who leads on community support for Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovators.
Additional Open Community Resources
From innovation guides, to relevant innovation funding opportunities, and webinar presentations, check out these additional open community resources*.
*These resources are gathered from publicly available sources across the sector. The resources that appear on this non-exhaustive resource list are available elsewhere. They do not necessarily reflect Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge and its funders’ policies or approaches.