Ockenden International Prize for YARID!

On 23 February 2016, the winner of the Ockenden International Prize was announced at the annual ceremony held at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. This prize was founded by Ockenden International in 2012 to reward successful on-the-ground projects for promoting the self-reliance of refugees and displaced people. This year, among 42 entries from 25 countries, the three finalist projects were …

New HIP report: Refugee Innovation: Humanitarian innovation that starts with communities

The newest report by the Humanitarian Innovation Project ‘Refugee Innovation: Humanitarian innovation that starts with communities’ was launched on 17 July at the 2015 Humanitarian Innovation Conference in front of 250 delegates. Co-authored by Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, and Nina Weaver, the report discusses the ways in which crisis-affected people find ways to engage in creative problem-solving, even under the …

Refugee Economies: Rethinking Popular Assumptions

This report is one of the very first studies on the economic life of refugees and fundamentally challenges existing models of refugee assistance. The report is based on participatory, mixed methods research including about 1,600 surveys in Uganda, one of the few refugee-hosting countries in Africa that allows refugees the right to work and freedom of movement. However, it has …

UNHCR Ideas: Open innovation inspiring collaboration and new ideas within the UN

ndependent review of an online platform pilot used for collaborative innovation within and beyond The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Since 2012 UNHCR and the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) have been actively collaborating in several areas of thinking around innovation for the humanitarian world, and in this context HIP were invited to carry out an independent evaluation of the UNHCR …

Military Humanitarian Innovation

The military has de facto become one of the largest ‘humanitarian’ actors. Research and development spending in the military leads to outputs that are increasingly used for humanitarian applications, and it is present in conflict zones and humanitarian spaces around the world. Yet, mutual  suspicion and misunderstanding often lead to sub-optimal outcomes. This sub-project has therefore begun to explore questions …