Field Ready Helps Found Global Humanitarian Lab in Geneva
Innovation labs provide a means to readily address key challenges that arise in any field, and good examples can be found throughout the commercial sector. Until recently, the humanitarian community had no such equivalent. This is starting to change, as our work in Nepal attests. To take this to a worldwide level, a Global Humanitarian Lab (GHL) is currently being established in Geneva, Switzerland. This is being led by a cohort of humanitarian organizations that lead in the area of innovation, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Field Ready. This Lab will strive to have a global impact and will highlight projects from across the sector. As explained on the recently launched website, the GHL is a:
Multi-stakeholder innovation lab to develop appropriate humanitarian solutions for and with the affected populations. It is a partnership of leading humanitarian organisations, public- and private-sector entities, networks, as well as the global crowd. The Global Humanitarian Lab acts both as an incubator to develop ideas into solutions and an accelerator to scale solutions for the humanitarian sector. To achieve this it uses contemporary and efficient approaches. The Global Humanitarian Lab aims at empowering both the humanitarian actors as well as the affected communities to develop adapted solutions for their respective needs. It strives at developing their autonomy and independence.
Please watch this space for further developments.