On May 10, 2019
Categories: Partner Events
◊ Veranstalter: Innovate4Right
World Humanitarian Innovation Day to spur collaboration between investors, experts and deserving projects from around the world
The first World Humanitarian Innovation Day is to be held in Basel to focus attention on the potential benefits of innovation in the field of humanitarian action and bring together those committed to facilitating collaborative innovation in the providing of urgent, basic needs around the globe.
The event will gather humanitarian actors, social entrepreneurs, financial institutions, impact investors and philanthropists to discuss the state of humanitarian innovation. The programme will also see the presentation of 40 projects that have been selected by conference organisers Innovate4Right because they offer great potential for improved impacts through innovative, community-based approaches.
While innovation is recognised as a key driver of business success and an enabler of sustainable development, the humanitarian sector has struggled to manage innovation processes and integrate fresh ideas and novel approaches at a systemic level. As emergencies become more protracted and complex, breaking out of traditional aid models is becoming vital for effective humanitarian action.
The World Humanitarian Innovation Day will have keynote speakers including Swiss humanitarian pioneer H.E. Walter Fust, former director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and Antonio Hautle, Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Switzerland.
The 40 projects that will be presented have been selected from almost 200 initiatives that applied for innovation support from Innovate4Right, focusing on the issues of food, clean water, housing, healthcare, education, environment and peace. The shortlist was compiled by identifying projects that offered the most promising, rigorously developed innovations that could bring positive impacts at a system level, aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations’ agenda for sustainable development through 2030. Each project brings a human story of applying novel ideas to resolve age old problems.