Humanitarian Innovation. Some look to it as the future of an overburdened sector. Some, more sceptical, might claim the very term is an oxymoron. Others see it as a distraction, or a further division between the powerful and powerless in emergency contexts. Undoubtedly, many are still struggling to know what exactly it means.
All of this and more was thrown open for discussion on May 7, 2019, when humanitarian practitioners gathered at the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London at the CDAC Network event Accidental and intentional innovation: valuing what’s there to discuss the role, rhetoric and risks of community and global innovation in the fields of Communication and Community Engagement (CCE) and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP).
This report summarises the main themes that were raised during the discussions, and offers solutions to some of the innovation challenges facing the humanitarian system.
For a summary of the event, and for links to podcasts with key speakers, visit our news site.
Read the background paper to the event.