Smart Use of Data
Increase the impact of humanitarian aid through smart use of data.
Assist affected people to be in charge of their own future.
Timely delivery of humanitarian supplies to affected people.
Health and Sanitation
Ensure the health of affected people.
Safety and Protection
Ensure the safety of affected people and humanitarian staff.
Making water in the dessert: it might seem impossible, but SunGlacier proves otherwise. Ap Verheggen got the idea first when he was working on an art project at the North Pole and thought about what would happen if you put an iceberg in the desert. Taking this idea a step further, he developed an innovative device that harvests water from air by cooling down the device to very low temperature, which works the best under high temperatures, even or especially in the desert. The Technique used is so efficient that it also works on solar energy.
AidMetrics is a project supported by DCHI. AidMetrics offers humanitarian practitioners a platform where they can find the ‘right’ tools and solutions for their specific needs thereby improving service delivery and efficiency. AidMetrics is an online repository of tools with specific information on the tool, its user experience, media coverage and academic assessments. AidMetrics will be a user driven and neutral platform connecting humanitarian practitioners, academics, businesses and innovators. AidMetrics facilitates a more responsible use of resources, data and research, breaking the silos and limiting duplication of efforts and investments.
De needs of humanitarian organizations and beneficiaries are the starting point for innovation within DCHI. TU Delft, WUR, Argusi, Save the Children, MRDH and Municipality The Hague therefore joined forces to conduct the 'quick scan lead times'. The aim of the project is to improve the impact and effectiveness of critical humanitarian aid in the first 72 hours after a large-scale critical event. More specifically, to ensure that Dutch (i)NGOs can provide the right critical, emergency relief items timely (within 72 hours) in an effective, timely and accurate manner. The project aims to identify the challenges faced and consider best-practices of the Dutch (i)NGOs.
The Community Risk Assessment and Prioritization toolbox supports humanitarian decision makers in using credible and accurate data to identify and prioritize the most at-risk communities during the preparedness phase as well as the most disaster hit areas and affected people in the response phase.
Refugees have a need to make well-informed decisions based on reliable information. However, little up to date information is available, and the information which is there, is often not trusted. Nomads will design a ‘crowd-sourced information platform’ where people and trusted entities (including refugees and institutions that support them) can add, retrieve, and rate personal experiences. Masdar, the first version of Nomads, will be rolled out in Athens.
UNICEF international, UNICEF Netherlands, Humanity X and the Centre for Innovation of the University of Leiden developed a rapid prototype to put information about affected areas into the hands of humanitarian decision makers in a clear, accessible and clustered manner in order to further their decision-making process in the first 72 hours of response.
Education is an important need for refugees and displaced people, and these people actually possess many skills themselves. The project group of Acquiring Knowledge and Skills In Emergencies (AKSIE) aims to develop an application that enables affected people to share their knowledge and skills with each other in a playful way.
The Netherlands Red Cross, Cordaid and the Joint Innovation Center for Smart Basing a part of Twente Safety and Security will together develop and test a rapid-deployable, scalable and effective solution to treat and dispose fecal sludge in complex humanitarian (urban) settings that is compatible with the humanitarian sanitation chain, thereby increasing the impact and reducing the cost of emergency response."
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