A journey towards innovation in Nepal

On April 25th and May 12th, 2015, two massive earthquakes struck Nepal causing widespread damage. 8,790 people died, and more than 22,300 people were injured. Close to 500,000 homes were destroyed, and more than 250,000 houses were partially damaged. Many households...

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British Red Cross, an innovation journey

Last year, my innovation journey as an IFRC Innovation Pioneer began. I was selected among hundreds of applicants to leverage innovation across the British Red Cross, in particular, Refugee Services.  Together with other 27 other Pioneers,...

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OpenStreetMap: Responding to the Gorkha Earthquake

Living, Breathing Maps q&a with Dale Kunce Tell us about OpenStreetMap OpenStreetMap is a free and accessible map of the world. Think about it as “Wikipedia for maps.” You can edit, I can edit it and it basically reflects the world around us. It's awesome because if...

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Designing local solutions in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has to drain out runoff of an area which is 12 times larger than its size, which by definition leads it to deal with flood issues from its essence. Only 7.5 percent of the combined catchment areas of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers (i.e. 0.12 Mkm2...

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St Lucia kids are learning about health through videos

As part of my social innovation initiative, working closely with communities to design an ongoing healthy lifestyle I am experimenting with different engagement resources to highlight the importance of a balanced nutrition and physical activity among children. As a...

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The IFRC GIA: turning ideas into reality

I am Adnan Khan, representing Pakistan Red Crescent within a network of highly motivated and passionate innovators selected from across the globe determined to implement new projects and design new approaches with the ambition of improving humanitarian and development...

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Why Unpaid Work pays off

Kit Elmes (2017), IFRC Global Innovation Pioneer  Finding a balance between happiness and hard work towards life goals can be one of the most challenging tasks of everyday life.To begin with, you should be in the right state of mind and...

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Key Insights from the IFRC Global Innovators Accelerator

Mesha King (2017), IFRC Global Innovation Pioneer My wonderful journey here begun, when the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) sent out a call to the 190 National Societies to submit an innovative project/idea to better the...

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How Storytelling and Games Can Promote Hand Washing Among Youth?

Ernest Nyame (2017), an IFRC Global Innovation Pioneer Story Hand washing with Ananse (HWWA) is a health educational game designed to engage children in school through storytelling, songs, dance, acting, and play. It seeks to generate a desire to wash their hands with...

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