Humanitarian organizations are operating in complex environments, and at the same time the growth in humanitarian funding is slowing down. There is a need to do more with less. Innovation Norway and The Humanitarian Innovation Platform hosted a breakfast seminar about the role of innovative partnerships and procurement in helping humanitarian agencies meet this challenge.
Read up on the report of the INFORM Global Risk Index for 2018. The INFORM Risk Index is a way to understand and measure the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters, and how the conditions that lead to them affect sustainable development.
This year, the First Flight Kit was launched at The International Humanitarian and Development Conference, DIHAD. The kit, which is a small basecamp intended for deployment during the first phase of an emergency, is developed by World Food Programme in collaboration with NorLense and A-Aqua.
This was the topic of the breakfast seminar organized by Innovation Norway on the 1. March. The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and four blockchain startups pitched their solutions and discussed how they leverage blockchain technology to address global challenges.
Do you have an innovative solution within health or education that can contribute to reduce poverty in developing countries? Vision 2030 can finance your project. Application deadline is 20th April. (Call available in Norwegian only).
In 2017, Innovation Norway had the pleasure of implementing the new internationalization program called Global Growth, for companies with solutions that can contribute towards global challenges. Over the past year, the participating companies have worked their way through slums, global financial institutions, the UN, and much more to improve their prerequisites for success in this complex international market.
The use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in humanitarian response was the theme of the booth hosted by the Norwegian Delegation at OCHA’s Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week (HNPW) in February. This technology can be used by fieldworkers to obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the crisis site prior to arrival.
In the beginning of February, UN Women conducted a live test simulation of blockchain solutions from seven different companies at the UN Women headquarters in New York City. The aim is to find solutions that can empower women and girls in humanitarian settings. The Norwegian tech company Blockbonds was among the companies presenting their solution at the blockchain lab.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave Innovation Norway the mandate to manage funding to humanitarian innovation and preparedness initiatives in 2017. See an overview of the Norwegian humanitarian organizations and UN agencies who received the NOREPS grant for 2017 below.
The Call for Innovations for the SDGs 2018 is initiated by the UN in collaboration with the Global Innovation Exchange, and will take place from February 26 to April 4 2018. The Call seeks concrete scientific and technological innovations to achieve the five SDGs that are the focus of the third multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) in 2018.
This report provided by Innovation Norway shows how and what the UN agencies and NGOs buy, and how Norwegian suppliers can contribute to innovation, partnerships and sustainability towards global humanitarian challenges. Download the executive summary below, and get in touch if you would like to get access to the full report.
Blockchain is an emerging technology which have received great attention in the humanitarian and development sector over the last year. NOREPS has been a pioneer in financing blockchain projects and was invited by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to share experiences and recommendations last week. What is blockchain and what are the possibilities and challenges in using this technology in humanitarian aid and development?
The Humanitarian Overview: An analysis of key crises into 2018 focuses primarily on the crises that are expected to deteriorate in the coming year and outlines the likely corresponding humanitarian needs. Download the full report below.
Apply to World Food Programme's innovation programme to participate in their week-long bootcamp and gain access to a 3-6 month sprint programme. Selected projects will get access to mentorship, financial support and access to the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, its operations, partners and technical experts. Submit your application by 2 January 2018 to be considered for the March Bootcamp and the Summer Sprint Programme in 2018.
The establishment of the first United Nations Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) will be launched on Thursday 30 November in a Slush side event, co-organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Office for Information and Communication and Technologies of the United Nations. The first lab will be housed at Aalto University campus, in A Grid, the new centre for growth companies. Two more labs will be launched in 2017 in Asia and Africa, and the global network continues to grow in 2018.
Innovation Norway and the Norwegian solar energy company Differ travelled to Zambia for a series of site visits. Differ have earlier this year installed energy solutions in various health clinics as a part of the UNDP Solar 4 Health Program. The site visits were filled with powerful impressions and a strong sense of urgency. What does it mean for rural health clinics to have stable access to power?
Innovation Norway invite companies that consider expanding in the UN-, humanitarian- and development market to participate in our competition for pre-project funds in Vision 2030. The competition is aimed at innovative projects focusing on achieving the UN's sustainable development goals in health and education. (Article available in Norwegian).
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, engagement between the humanitarian community and the private sector is vital to drive innovation and increase effectiveness in humanitarian response. NOREPS did not attend AidEx last year so the expectations this year were hesitant – would AidEx regain its relevance after a couple of years with declining attendance from NOREPS companies?
We have now gathered market reports from the UN-, humanitarian-, and development market and additional useful resources and insights under one tab for your convenience.
Developments in global mobile connection and renewable energy is changing the way humanitarian organisations operate. Norwegian satellite and renewable energy technology takes part in this change by providing solutions tailored for humanitarian response.
Technology makes humanitarian aid more effective and efficient. Elisabeth Fosseli Olsen in NOREPS/Innovation Norway believes financial support through cash transfer programming will be central in humanitarian aid in the future. Article from NRC available in Norwegian.
The humanitarian sector, private companies and entrepreneurs were challenged to find new solutions that can ensure quality learning is made available for children in humanitarian crises. Article available in Norwegian.
UNOPS has just launched the 2016 annual statistical report on United Nations Procurement. The report provides data and analysis on the goods and services procured by the United Nations system in support of its operations around the world. The report can be downloaded below.
In the first week of June, the Innovation Norway Global Growth program focusing on the humanitarian and development market visited Nairobi, Kenya. The goal of the fieldtrip was to gain a deeper understanding of peoples’ needs and to get an idea of how innovation should be organized in the challenging humanitarian- and development market.
In May UN Women and Innovation Norway welcomed hackers, humanitarian workers, blockchain experts and innovators to a 36-hour hackathon on how blockchain technology can give refugees a secure, digital identity.
Imagine waking up one day and realizing that the place you’ve called home all your life, is no longer safe. As millions of refugees and displaced people set out to find a new life across and within borders, they lack some of the most basic services and infrastructure that make daily life possible.
The UNOPS Possibilities Portal invites small- and medium-sized enterprises to demontstrate how your product or service can enhance the possibilities of UNOPS's projects, withe the aim of improving the results of UNOPS's work around the world, in service of people in need.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given Innovation Norway the mandate to manage NOK 30 million to humanitarian innovation and preparedness initiatives in 2017. The goal of the scheme is to stimulate innovation projects and strengthen humanitarian emergency preparedness with focus on supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. The application deadline was October 15th, so the call is now closed.
The number of companies in the NOREPS network has grown substantially in the last few years and we are therefore launching a new structure for our services to ensure we deliver the most suitable offerings to all participants. We call the new upgrade NOREPS 2.0.
A total of 16 Norwegian companies were present at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition - DIHAD 21-13 March 2017. DIHAD is the largest humanitarian event in the Middle East where the companies presented a number of innovative and sustainable solutions to the UN and the humanitarian market.
NOREPS supports UNDP and the Government of Zambia through the Solar 4 Health project with renewable solutions for health facilities. Follow the links below to read more about the project.
Norwegian companies are increasing their share in the global market for equipment and services to humanitarian aid. Super absorbing bed sheets and solar lamps are among Norwegian products which are successful on the UN market. Article available in Norwegian.
A delegation of six company representatives and staff from NOREPS/ Innovation Norway visited Zambia this spring to explore further needs in the Solar4Health-project managed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The project aims to install solar energy-solutions and low-consumption appliances to health facilities in 26 countries.
The historical innovation agreement between Innovation Norway and UN Women was signed in Trondheim on March 7th. The agreement will connect the needs that UN Women identify in their humanitarian work with innovative Norwegian solutions. The goal is to encourage the private sector to develop smarter and more efficient solutions that can help empower women and contribute towards the world’s sustainability goals.
On the morning of the Private Sector Conference on Internationalization and Development, Innovation Norway in cooperation with Oslo Ed-tech cluster held a practical breakfast workshop on the topic of education in emergencies.
NOREPS launched its latest offering during a workshop in Oslo on the 16th of February: A how-to guide on the preparation of tenders and monitoring of tender portals for the UN and the humanitarian market. The guide is available for download at the bottom of this article.
Drones in humanitarian action was the topic of the interactive session organized by The Norwegian Mission in Geneva in cooperation with NOREPS, Operational Satellite Applications Program (UNOSAT) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on February 8th. The session was a part of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week.
The humanitarian crisis in Syria was on the agenda for the gathering of expertise from humanitarian and private sector at Nordic Innovation Day in Helsinki. With the growing humanitarian needs and funding not sufficing, the humanitarian community as a whole has seen the need for innovative approaches to do more with less.
Stable and secure access to power is crucial to keep hospitals and health clinics in operation. In Zimbabwe, access to power is a major challenge. With Innovation Norway and NOREPS as door opener, Eltek can contribute to change this situation.
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The Solar 4 Health project is investigating new methods to improve the services of smaller health clinics in a number of countries. We are currently looking for new technology that can contribute to the project.
Many hospitals experience grave difficulties with their power supply. Unstable grid electricity, old generators and limited funding for fuel all affect the efficiency and the safety at the hospitals. United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is providing life saving energy solutions together with Norwegian supplier, W. Giertsen Energy Solutions.
Here are relevant conferences and events in 2017. Contact NOREPS if you’re interested in participating. NOREPS will not attend all these conferences, see confirmed NOREPS participation below.
We invited our broader NOREPS network for our 25th annual networking meeting in November. This year we focused on innovative partnerships as a tool to enable smarter, more efficient humanitarian response.
Do you have an innovative solution within health or education that may contribute to reduction in poverty in development countries? You now have the opportunity to gain financing towards your innovation project through Visjon2030.
Do you want to gain greater understanding of the humanitarian and development market and how your company can contribute to solving global challenges and at the same time creating new business opportunities? Would you like to explore how doing good can be good business?
The UN City in Copenhagen holds 9 UN agencies plus the nearby UNICEF depot, and is a central hub for UNs global procurement. This recent report provides an overview of the agencies present in the city, how and what they buy, and how Norwegian suppliers can contribute to innovation, partnerships and sustainability.
Did you attend the UN Procurement Seminar in Copenhagen this month and would like to recap on the information from the stage? Or perhaps you did not get the chance to attend and want to learn more about how to do business with the UN? Now you can find all the presentations on the UNGM website.
More than 50 Norwegian businesses attended UNs Nordic Procurement Seminar in Copenhagen the 15-16th June. The record high participation reflects the increased relevance of the UN market for Norwegian companies.
Bistandsaktuelt is covering NOREPS participation at the World Humanitarian Summit. The article highlights the shift from prepositioning to innovation, and how Norwegian suppliers aim to contribute to a more innovative humanitarian sector.
Eight Norwegian suppliers of innovative emergency solutions were present together with Innovation Norway and NOREPS in Istanbul last week at the world's first humanitarian summit which was convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Eight Norwegian suppliers of emergency solutions are present together with Innovation Norway and NOREPS when top executives from around the world meet in Istanbul this week on the world's first humanitarian summit - World Humanitarian Summit.
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Want to learn the basics of doing business with the UN, what it takes and how to proceed? Innovation Norway is now making available a guide for suppliers looking to approach the UN market.
Eight Norwegian suppliers and four NGOs were showcasing at this year's Norwegian Pavilion at Dihad in Dubai.
An innovative solution providing sustainable water supply for 25 000 refugees in South Sudan's Maban region was officially opened in February 2016. The plant is provided by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), powered by the Norwegian supplier W. Giertsen Energy Solutions and co-funded by NOREPS.
How can we help companies and organisations prevent corruption in their humanitarian work? Transparency International in collaboration with NOREPS arranged an anti-corruption seminar in February 2016.
A wide range of Norwegian suppliers have delivered equipment and services to the UN and International organizations as part of the emergency response after the earthquake in Nepal. Norwegian companies have a lot to offer in complex emergency situations. Especially solutions in sustainable energy, shelter and protection, health, IT and telecommunications, nutrition / food, logistics, water, sanitation and hygiene are demanded. Most of the emergency relief items are finanzed and pre-stored through the Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System, NOREPS.
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The startup wave and the digital shift meets large innovation needs in the humanitarian sector. Global challenges have increasingly large consequences for society and the humanitarian organisations gets decrease in budgets. Innovation Norway invited the UN agencies World Food Program and Emergency Stocks Piling (UNHRD) and gathered almost 100 people from humanitarian and private sector with the overall goal of stimulating humanitarian innovation.
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Blockbonds participated in a simulation at the UN organization UN Women in New York on January 30. The Norwegian start-up demonstrated how blockchain technology can give more people access to financial services.