Humanitarian Research and Innovation Grant Programme
At the beginning of 2013, the OCHA Policy Development and Studies Branch put out a call for applications for its 2013 Humanitarian Research and Innovation Grant Programme. The programme encourages and enables original research and writing on issues and trends relating to humanitarian needs and response.
OCHA is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Humanitarian Research and Innovation Grant Programme.
Caetano C. Dorea (Brazil) – Examining the Disconnect Between Research and Innovation for WASH Technologies
In non-emergency situations, new and creative technologies are delivering cleaner drinking water, improving wastewater treatment, and providing cheaper and better sensors for contaminant monitoring. But getting these technologies to work in humanitarian settings has been a challenge. This study will look at the barriers for moving new water and sanitation technologies from the laboratory to the field.
Brian Wei (USA) – Enhancing Entrepreneurship through Livelihood Risk Reduction: A Practitioner’s Toolkit for Upgrading Waged and Own-Account Workers’ Terms of Work in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments
While most organizations in the refugee and IDP camp management settings are focused on humanitarian relief, there are opportunities for helping economic recovery by assisting people to start successful micro and small businesses. This project is developing a Toolkit that will help field staff to support livelihood projects in conflict and post-conflict environments.
Mizan Bustanul Fuady Bisri (Indonesia) – Choose Your Partner Correctly In Emergency Response: Direction for Partnership Innovation Learned from Great East Japan Earthquake And Tsunami 2011
Japan’s disaster management system has long been seen as a global benchmark. However, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami severely tested this capacity. Despite some successes in coordination at the local government level, local governments often lacked the ability to coordinate with multiple actors in the chaotic aftermath of the disaster. The research will use Social Network Analysis to reveal factors that influenced the success or failure of cooperation in delivering humanitarian aid.
Stern Kita (Malawi) – Is Cash Transfer A Better Devil That Food Aid? The Case Of Malawi's 2012/2013 Response To Food Insecurity
The Malawi Government provided humanitarian assistance to people affected by drought from October 2012 to March 2013, using two main interventions: cash transfers and food aid. This was the first time for Malawi to use cash transfers as a response to food insecurity on such a large scale. The study, therefore, intends to assess the effectiveness of the cash transfer method as an innovative tool for responding to food insecurity and disasters in general, with the Malawi response being used as the case study.
Ana Maria Almanza Velasquez (Colombia) – Revision of the Humanitarian Situations Risk Index
The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Colombia led to the development of a Humanitarian Situations Risk Index by OCHA and the Universidad Santo Thomas. This index identifies the probability of a humanitarian crisis occurring in different municipalities throughout the country. While the progress made by this index is significant, it does face certain limitations. This project aims to update the Humanitarian Situations Risk Index by including new variables and a new methodology for analysis.
Ryan Burns (USA) – Evaluation Framework for DHN Deployments
The Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) is a group of volunteer and technical organizations that provide services such as mapping, translation, and data analysis in response to a humanitarian crisis. However, there are few commonly-accepted metrics for evaluating the outcomes of these services. The development of an industry-wide evaluation framework should help responders as well as the DHN to improve, and help promote their value to humanitarian response efforts.
The research papers will be made available once the projects are completed in early 2014.
Papers from Previous Winners
Rosa Akbari (USA) - "Reporting from the Devil’s Garden - SMS reporting systems in Tindouf Refugee camp"