The Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI) is a new UN initiative that was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul earlier this week.
The initiative is an international platform consisting of more than 25 governments, international organisations, NGOs, private companies and academia – working together to address barriers in humanitarian response and sector-wide innovation needs through cross-sector innovation.
The GAHI will focus on accelerating innovation for humanitarian action. By linking experts towards a collective model of working, GAHI will connect, mobilise and amplify resources, projects and best practices in order to increase efficiency and allow for challenges too complex for any single actor to address on its own.
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed access2innovation to represent Denmark in the high-profile knowledge network – based on the association’s unique insights and experience in applying cross-sector partnership innovation to challenges within relief and development work.
“With the establishment of GAHI, we are widening the potential reach of partnership innovation and sustainable solutions dramatically,” says access2innovation CEO Jacob Ravn.
“This is partnership innovation on a truly global scale. It is going be extremely exciting to be a part of this initiative. We look forward to contribute – and to learn.”
The initiating members of GAHI include the Philips Foundation, Microsoft, UNDP, World Food Programme, OCHA, UKAid, Australian Aid, the ministries of foreign affairs of the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Denmark as well as a number of universities, organisations and other companies.