Background paper: Accidental and intentional innovation: valuing what’s there

Organisation: CDAC Network | May 2019 Author: Hannah Murphy, CDAC Network
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Innovation is a growing area in the humanitarian sector, opening up new and unexpected spaces for different forms of collaboration, and producing accidental and intentional risks and gains. Donors’ interest in this field is evidenced by a rise in funds, programmes, projects and dedicated units tasked with driving innovation organisationally and in services. 

But, is innovation advancing the participation and leadership of people affected by disaster or are the same actors making the decisions?

This briefing paper, written in advance of the CDAC Network event Accidental and intentional innovation: valuing what’s there held on 7 May 2019 in London, looks at the evolution of innovation in the humanitarian sector. 

You can also read the final report from the event.

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