HIP is a research project based at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. The initial focus of our work is on refugee livelihoods innovation. HIP is generously funded by a donation from Stephanie and Hunter Hunt.  The project has a cooperation agreement with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION CONFERENCE 2014

“It is unacceptable that many refugees are left indefinitely dependent on international assistance, deprived of the right to work or freedom of movement. By developing a bottom-up approach to humanitarian innovation, we aim to support sustainable, market-based solutions that build upon refugees’ own skills, aspirations and entrepreneurship”

Dr Alexander Betts, Director, Humanitarian Innovation Project

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HUMANITARIAN INNOVATION CONFERENCE 2014

The emerging trend of ‘humanitarian innovation’ has captured the minds and practices of humanitarian actors across the globe. Seeking to draw upon ideas traditionally used in the private sector to improve the responses in emergencies, protracted crisis and post-conflict recovery, humanitarians have turned to innovation for solutions to critical challenges in the field.

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