Say hello to the 2021 project cohort!

 PHOTO: Toby Wong/Unsplash
PHOTO: Toby Wong/Unsplash

We are excited to present the ten innovation projects that were granted support by the Humanitarian Innovation Programme in 2021.

The process of evaluating the proposals has just been finalized, and the competition was fierce. We received over 50 applications this year, and 10 projects have received funding.

 – We are very pleased with the high quality of the applications this year and we look forward to supporting our newest cohort of innovative projects, says Therese M. U. Pankratov, head of the Humanitarian Innovation Programme

Below you will find an overview of the projects. Click on the links to read more about each project.

 

Innovation lab: Supporting early-stage innovation

 

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA): Sanitation for all

IOM and NCA have joined forces to find new and sustainable sanitary solutions for young children and people suffering from incontinence. Read more…

 

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA): Helping survivors of gender-based violence through Virtual Reality

NCA seeks to partner with the private sector to develop a therapeutic intervention using Virtual Reality to help overcome shame, self-blame and social isolation among survivors of gender-based violence. Read more…

 

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): Refugee Environmental Protection Fund

UNHCR and partners will together with the private sector develop an innovative financing mechanism that link refugees and host communities to the global carbon markets, empowering them to become part of the global movement to combat climate change. Read more…

 

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and NORCAP: Building a marketplace for sustainable energy

IOM and NORCAP is partnering with the private sector to develop a sustainable marketplace for green energy in displacement settings. Read more…

 

Norwegian Red Cross: Remote beneficiary management

Norwegian Red Cross, IFRC and ICRC are looking to partner with the private sector to develop new and better tools to strengthen humanitarian service delivery in hard-to-reach or inaccessible areas, where populations are often not assisted. Read more…

 

Scaling and Diffusion Programme: Rigging innovations to scale

 

The UN World Food Programme (WFP): Blended finance model to scale low-tech hydroponics

WFP is together with private partners scaling low-tech hydroponics in Kenya through an innovative financing model. Read more…

 

Norwegian Red Cross and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC): Scaling digital community engagement in the COVID-19 response

The Norwegian Red Cross and NRC will improve timely, relevant and actionable lifesaving information for people affected by humanitarian crises through digital community engagement. Read more…

 

Care: The world’s first sustainable refugee settlement - Camp+

Can refugee settlements become environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable communities? Having conducted a rigorous design process together with multiple partners, CARE tested sustainable innovative solutions for “Camp+” with the support from the Innovation lab, and is now scaling to reach more people. Read more…

 

Engineers Without Borders Norway: Waste for Warmth - protecting refugees against cold winters

Waste for Warmth is a project with the mission to keep displaced families warm through the cold winter by developing local manufacturing capacities and tent insulation. The project received innovation lab funding in 2019,  and is now getting support to scale up. Read more...

 

Norwegian Red Cross and ICRC: Scaling Community Inclusion Currencies to Cameroon

The Community Inclusion Currencies project have with the support from the Scaling and Diffusion Programme scaled up successfully in Kenya, and is now scaling up to reach beneficiaries in Cameroon. Read more…