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Norwegian businesses explore private sectors’ potentials to fight poverty in Nairobi

Last week, the Innovation Norway Global Growth program focused on the humanitarian and development market visited Nairobi, Kenya. The program is a collaboration Innovation Norway’s Kenya office and the Business Partnership unit, and the goal of the fieldtrip was for the companies to gain a deeper understanding of peoples’ needs and to get an idea of how the innovation should be organized in the challenging humanitarian- and development market.

Hackathon for social impact

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 help give refugees a secure, digital identity.

Oslo Hackathon explores new technology to empower women in humanitarian crisis

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.

UNOPS Possibilities Portal

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.

We are launching NOREPS 2.0

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.

16 Norwegian companies presented innovative solutions at DIHAD

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.

News on the Solar4Health-project

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 taking more of the UN market

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.

Norwegian solutions to Zambian needs

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.

A historical innovation agreement is signed

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.

From speeches to practice

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. 

- The world needs the private sector on board

Says Krisin Skogen Lund, CEO in NHO when she opened the Business Conference for Internationalization and Development. The conference is the most important meeting place for businesses, humanitarian organizations and public actors.

Article in Norwegian.

NOREPS launches tender guide

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 downloading at the bottom of this article.

Drones in humanitarian operations

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.

Nordic collaboration for Syria

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.

Innovation project: Life saving energy solutions for hospitals

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. 

List of conferences and events in 2017

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.

Launching Visjon2030

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.

New program to strengthen Norwegian solutions to global challenges

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? 

Market opportunities in the UN City, Copenhagen - new report

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. 

How to do business with the United Nations

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. 

Solar powered water pump for refugees in South Sudan

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.

Anti-corruption and transparency

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.

Visit from WFP and UNHRD: Network meeting on humanitarian innovation

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.

(Article in Norwegian)