Activity 2.2 B
Organise a challenge competition
Challenges are an approach that humanitarian donors, including Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund, increasingly use for finding ideas and solutions. They also have potential uses for organisations as well as donors.
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiative was established in 2013. An initial Gap Analysis report identified a range of challenge areas in the humanitarian WASH sector suitable for innovation, based on consultation with over 1,000 WASH practitioners and people affected by crises. The HIF has since launched 12 challenges on issues ranging from handwashing to surface water draining, each explored further in an in-depth challenge briefing. The HIF has funded over 40 WASH solutions in total.