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Implications for Policy Planners, Decision-makers & Communities – Shifting Weather Patterns & Disaster Preparedness

2019-12-01T04:32:50+00:00News|

Evidence that humanitarian threats are ‘spilling over’ crossing continents in unprecedented ways. The need for decision-makers and policy planners to interact consistently with the scientific community. The need for communities to play active roles in identifying potential threats and actions necessary to mitigate them. November's torrential rains that pounded the coastlines of Bangladesh and India, the intensifying [...]

Understanding Intergovernmental Friction During Disasters

2019-10-26T09:09:14+00:00News|

Few in the humanitarian sector will be oblivious to the debilitating effects that result from inter-organisational clashes over mandates, their institutional ‘standard operating procedures’ and the seemingly relentless competition for resources. Understanding Intergovernmental Friction During Disasters With the above in mind, we would like to bring to your attention, an article by Northeastern University’s Professor [...]

The Future of Lifesaving Stuff: A Transformational Approach to the Age Old Problem of Broken Supply Chains

2019-09-24T18:42:09+00:00News, Recent Additions|

By: Dr. Eric James, Executive Director, Field Ready We follow an approach that is deeply rooted in participatory techniques (and the corresponding equivalents found in the commercial sector in what are known as human-centered design) and start to design and co-create solutions. Any aid agency worth its salt does this but what is special is [...]

Geneva Global Initiative Roundtable – Dealing With Existential Risk

2019-07-26T08:12:17+00:00Archives, Commentary, News, Recent Additions|

Dealing with existential risk The threat of existential risk is increasingly recognised by strategic planners as an issue of ever greater importance. The Geneva Global Initiative (GGI) has been created to undertake research and promote understanding in the field of existential risks and ways to prepare to deal with them. In a meeting on 19 June [...]

Practical Approaches to Innovation and Innovative Practices

2019-06-07T12:48:10+00:00News|

The Start Network's FOREWARN Initiative Transformative innovation is on its way in the humanitarian sector. A great example came out of the Start Network’s FOREWARN event on 22 May, where a variety of innovations and innovative practices were put on display during the course of the day. Amongst the observers were representatives from governmental, intergovernmental [...]

Reinventing ourselves: Innovation and innovative practices

2019-04-28T18:55:20+00:00News|

Solar Cow powered study at home In his book "Brave New Work: Are you ready to reinvent your organization" Aaron Dignan says, I have met countless leaders who are frustrated. They are confronted with the fact that the scale and bureaucracy that once made their organizations strong are now liabilities in this era of constant change….They are [...]

Climate Change Preparedness & Humanitarian Action:

2019-03-27T12:09:07+00:00News|

From this month's Humanitarian Futures newsletter Cyclone Idai & Climate Change Preparedness Global Sectoral Survey (Contributions) Humanitarian Action: Compassion and Mutual Self-interest Climate Change Preparedness Cyclone Idai began to unleash its fury on Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as Madagascar and Malawi on 15 March. It reached speeds of between 150 and 177 km/h, but [...]

Alternatives Humanitarires – The future of humanitarianism

2019-01-18T20:23:02+00:00News, Recent Additions|

From the French journal Humanitaires Alternatives, November 2018 The future of humanitarianism Dr Randolph Kent • Director of the Futures Project, Royal United Services Institute (London) Dr. R. Kent Going back over 50 years of history in order to consider the future of humanitarianism. Randolph Kent takes up the challenge, pointing out the structural flaws [...]

How To Think About Innovation

2019-01-18T18:51:24+00:00News|

From the McKinsey & Company January 2019 Shortlist A fresh mind-set—something many of us aspire to as a new year begins—is the key to innovative thinking. In the corporate context, such a mind-set can help leaders devise creative solutions to familiar (and pesky) problems. But it’s no secret that innovation is difficult for established companies. They tend [...]

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