Business Unusual

As upcoming worldwide challenges demand more agile and creative responses, we closely follow some emerging initiatives within the Red Cross Red Crescent network that are seeking new solutions and approaches.

In order to achieve different results when meeting the humanitarian needs, it is vital to establish new and sometimes unusual partnerships, support for local communities and their innovators and cleverly utilize the skills of private, public and academic sectors.

We hope you enjoy this innovation adventure, please share with us your thoughts, questions and projects in order to strength and expand this community. Here is the list you cannot miss;

One of the most promising developments to look out for this year is ‘forecast-based financing’ (FbF). Supported by the German government, German Red Cross and The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and being implemented by National Societies in several countries, this is a rapidly developing system that smartly utilizes the window between forecast and hazard in order to save resources, belongings and, most importantly, lives.

You may have not heard of them yet but you will see a lot of them this year.  510 is a Red Cross start-up hosted by the Netherlands RC, they focus on using data and Artificial Intelligence to help  with Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience and response.  Their work is complex but holds exciting potential for the Humanitarian sector

When we hear the word innovation, most of us will automatically think about, highly-developed technologies, artificial intelligence, drones, 3D printing, data and digital solutions, but, what if we start looking closely to the creative ideas already being formed or utilised by affected communities around the world, to the strategies that are being developed by the people who are facing these challenges and already developing solutions? We very often find a range of innovations that are highly effective at helping people build resilience to increasing threats, but are perhaps not receiving the support they need to develop further.

People are relying more and more on their mobile devices for information. During disasters, people often use their mobile phone as a tool to get information and to understand “what do I do now?” It is important that the messaging received is safe, actionable, and from a trusted source. The ‘What Now’ Messaging Service aims to provide worldwide mobile users with early warning and action guidance. This initiative is supported by a partnership between Google and the IFRC’s Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC), a resource center hosted by American Red Cross and designed to support the Red Cross Red Crescent network.

Our innovation expedition now leads us to the Pacific, where a unique project will facilitate a faster, better and cheaper emergency response delivered through partnerships with local and regional businesses and accessible using an easy web and mobile platform. A very clever combination, isn’t it?

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