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HIP Norway at Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week 2023

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Werner Andersson

HIP Norway will be participate at this years' Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week in Geneva. Join our session "Requesting innovative solutions from the private sector – What, why and how?" and visit us at our stand in the exhibition area!


Requesting innovative solutions from the private sector – What, why and how? 

Session on Wednesday 26. april 9-10:30 at Pleniere E (CICG)

Organisers: The Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN in Genenva, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Tinkr and Innovation Norway.

To make sure that humanitarian response meets needs in the best and most efficient way, partnerships are essential. Partnering with the private sector and making use of innovative solutions can be challenging for humanitarian organisations. There are multiple reasons for this, however, one supporting solution can be found in procurement processes adapted to request innovative solutions from the private sector. Procurement procedures can be designed to increase the uptake and scale of new, and more sustainable tools in the humanitarian sector, and to build a strong foundation for sustainable partnerships with the private sector.

In this session, humanitarian organisations that have used innovation friendly procurement procedures to partner with the private sector and develop new, needs based solutions for their response, will share their lessons learnt and advice for the sector.    

The session will also provide participants with recently developed tools on innovation friendly procurement, developed by Tinkr and Innovation Norway.


Welcome – Ambassador of Norway to the UN and other humanitarian organisations in Geneva

Requesting innovative solutions from the private sector – why, how and what?

  • Therese Marie Uppstrøm Pankratov, Head of Humanitarian Innovation Programme at Innovation Norway
  • Kristian Wengen, Managing Director, TINKR

Innovation-friendly procurement in practice:  Conversation with focus on the experiences from projects who have conducted innovation-friendly procurement processes:

  • Juan Diego Quintero Toro, Donors Relation Officer at IOM
  • Kathrine Vad, Environment and climate change advisor, Exec Office of DG, at ICRC

Group discussion

Panel discussion:

What is the potential in innovative procurement and what is the potential for the sector? A panel conversation between:

  • Niiara Abliamitova, Head of Global Supply Chain Unit, IOM
  • Bassam Michel Ibrahim, Head of Global Supply Chain Management, NRC
  • Fawad Akbari, Director, Humanitarian Innovation, Grand Challenges Canada
  • Richard Kneller, Programme Officer, Emergency Response Unit (Civil Protection), DG ECHO, European Commission

Closing remarks


Click here to register through the HNPW portal. 


Exhibition stand

Innovation Norway will have an exhibition stand where we will promote some of the impactful innovation projects and partnerships supported through the Humanitarian Innovation Programme. We will also provide information about our 2023 call for proposals, which is now open. Our stand will be open the entire week, from Monday 24 - Friday 28. April.


About the HNPW 2023

HNPW is co-hosted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian  Affairs (OCHA) and by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  It is the largest event of its kind, and provides a unique forum for humanitarian networks and partnerships to meet and address key humanitarian issues. 

You can find out more about HNPW 2023 and browse the full programme on the HNPW website



Sted:CICG, Pleniere E

Kontakt:Emilie Skogvang

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