Developing, financing and testing of innovative solutions to strengthen humanitarian emergency preparedness and response is at core of the NOREPS activities. Through collaboration between humanitarian actors, the Norwegian government and private sector NOREPS stimulates and supports innovation projects. The examples will illustrate how innovation projects contribute to improving humanitarian operations.
UN Women and the private sector have for the past year explored the possibilities in leveraging blockchain technology in humanitarian aid and development. With the support from the NOREPS grants for humanitarian innovation, UN Women and their private sector partners will conduct pilot on the ground this spring.
In areas struck by conflict, natural disasters or poverty the life-saving work of health personnel depends on a clean and sterile working environment. Sometimes this can be solved with very simple, but crucial innovations. The sterile, super absorbing and very strong surgical blanket from ASAP Norway has just been deployed in Syria, through hospitals run by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The supply of clean drinking water to people affected by humanitarian crises has always been a critical lifesaving element. Perhaps less well known is the importance of the provision on adequate and safe sanitation solutions to prevent the spread of diseases. Supplier A-Aqua teamed up with Red Cross Societies to find develop a solution.
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.
Millions of refugees live without access to electricity for studies and tasks after dark. With support from NOREPS, the young company BRIGHT Products teamed up with the experienced supplier W.Giertsen Energy Solutions to take on the challenge presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR).