Case studies of humanitarian innovation

John Bessant, Anna Trifilova, Howard Rush

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Innovation is often presented as a survival issue and this provides a powerful metaphor to focus attention on the need to manage it effectively. But in the humanitarian context it takes on a very literal meaning. Crises, whether natural or man-made, require rapid problem solving if agencies and aid workers are to avoid the huge negative impacts of such disasters. That makes consideration of how innovation takes place in this sector an urgent challenge. How can the humanitarian sector best organize to enable innovation and what are the roles for key actors – donors, agencies, and most importantly ‘users’? Our paper summarizes the nature of the challenge and reviews experience so far in humanitarian innovation (HI) through a series of case studies across the innovation spectrum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXXVII ISPIM innovation conference - blending tomorrow's innovation vintage
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherThe International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM)
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9789522659286
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2016
EventXXVII ISPIM innovation conference - blending tomorrow's innovation vintage - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 19 Jun 2016 → …


ConferenceXXVII ISPIM innovation conference - blending tomorrow's innovation vintage
Period19/06/16 → …


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