Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge [Funding Opportunity]

Co-hosted by the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre and the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions

Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge [Funding Opportunity]

Date: 21st January, 2019

Time: 12:45-2:00 PM

Venue: Rose Room (LG 6/7) Keppel St, LSHTM

Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge is a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, with support from Grand Challenges Canada. Together, we seek life-saving or life-improving innovations to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict.

The Problem: Today, more than 136 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises. Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities – yet, less than one percent of humanitarian aid is focused on investing in the innovations necessary to reach them.

The Solution: The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge. Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support ground breaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. Our goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.

Action so far, Round 1: The first call for innovation closed in April 2018 and focused on providing, supplying, or locally generating: 1) clean water and sanitation 2) energy 3) life-saving information or 4) health supplies and services to help conflict-affected people. The 2018 call received over 615 applications from 86 different countries; 48% of which came from lower- and middle-income countries. About one-third of the applications involved projects led by women. Twenty-three finalists were selected by a panel of experts in the first call for innovations.

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Action planned, Round 2: In early 2019 we will open another call for proposals.  We will give approximately 20 awards of <$250,000 for new ideas and a small number of <$1,000,000 awards to scale proven concepts.

Speaker biography:  Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, speaker Chris Houston has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières, Canadian Red Cross, and WHO. He co-founded kid-E-care pediatric urgent care clinic in Toronto and teaches for the University of Toronto.

 

A livestream and recording of the event is available here.

 

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