Australia

The purpose of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth. DFAT provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian government. DFAT works with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively. DFAT is the lead agency managing Australia’s international presence. DFAT manages a network of 96 overseas posts in five continents, with over 6600 staff located in Canberra, state and territory offices and overseas posts. See  www.geneva.mission.gov.au for more information. 

The Australian Government describes its partnership with the GHL as:

"DFAT will work with GHL and other partners to foster and enable humanitarian innovation which leads to more efficient, effective and sustainable humanitarian action. Through DFAT’s innovationXchange and partnering with groups such as the GHL, Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation and the Global Innovation Fund, DFAT aims to incorporate innovation across the Australian aid program. DFAT’s Innovation Strategy aligns with GHL’s approach by empowering people to innovate, promoting collaboration and contestability, experimenting with new approaches, sharing lessons learned, engaging intelligently with risk and valuing and rewarding innovation."

Belgian Red Cross

The Belgian Red Cross is an independent volunteer organization, and is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Our mission is threefold: to defend the interests of vulnerable people both at home and abroad, to be proactive in emergency-management, promoting self-reliance and organizing blood supply, and to care for vulnerable individuals. In all our activities, we rely heavily on volunteering, professional management and innovation. The Belgian Red Cross supports all of its core activities with evidence-based practice and research. See www.redcross.be for more information. 

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. The Canadian Red Cross Society is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This network includes the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation) and 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies dedicated to improving the situation of the most vulnerable throughout the world. See www.redcross.ca for more information.

Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA of MIT)

MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms is an interdisciplinary initiative exploring the boundary between computer science and physical science. CBA studies how to turn data into things, and things into data. See www.cba.mit.edu for more information. 

The MIT Center for Bits and Atoms is declaring it's interest and support to the Global Humanitarian Lab as follows:

"The Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at MIT will collaborate with the GHL on the research roadmap for the network, as well as on field trials of innovations, and collaboration where projects align across the network so that GHL partners can contribute to, and learn from, CBA research."

Fab Foundation

The Fab Foundation is a non-profit that emerged from MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program, formed to facilitate and support the growth of the international fab lab network as well as the development of regional capacity-building organizations. Their mission is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. Community organizations, educational institutions and non-profit concerns are the primary beneficiaries. The Foundation’s programs focus on: education (.edu), organizational capacity building and services (.org), and business opportunity (.com). See www.fabfoundation.org for more information. 

The Fab Foundation sees its contribution to the GHL partnership as follows:

"The Fab Foundation will collaborate towards the shared goals of the GHL: sharing lessons and experience from Fab Foundation initiatives; developing best practice in community empowerment; collaborating on similar projects to avoid duplication of efforts; sharing resources and learnings to address barriers to scale within the humanitarian innovation space. Last but not least the Fab Foundation will set the Global Humanitarian Lab as the facilitator of a "humanitarian overlay" to the fab lab network, connecting it with GHL partners, projects and initiatives around the world."

Field Ready

Field Ready’s vision is guided by a radical transformation in the way that needs are met in domestic disasters, developing countries and other low resource areas. Their approach embraces a respect for others, an openness to learning and experimentation and a readiness to work with a broad range of stakeholders. See www.fieldready.org for more information. 

Field Ready formulates it's contribution to the Global Humanitarian Lab partnership in the following terms:

"Field Ready will collaborate towards the shared goals of the GHL: sharing lessons, evidence and experience from Field Ready innovation initiatives; developing best practice in community empowerment and user-centred design; collaborating on similar projects to avoid duplication of efforts; sharing resources and learnings to address barriers to replication within the humanitarian innovation space. Field Ready will contribute manpower to the core operations of the GHL, bring donors into the network, make in-kind contributions of equipment, and open up access to Field Ready bases in Nepal and Istanbul (and soon also Kenya and Sri Lanka)."

Geneva Creativity Center (GCC)

The Geneva Creativity Center (GCC) was born out of a shared commitment between the University of Geneva, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts - Geneva, the Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies and the Geneva Industrial Union to bridge the gap between industry and academia. Its objectives are to strengthen collaboration between academic research and industry's R&D, to build a network of multidisciplinary experts and stimulate creativity and innovative projects benefitting the local economy and Geneva-based international organisations. See www.creativitycenter.ch for more information. 

GCC describes the partnership with the GHL in the following terms:

"The GCC will provide the GHL easy access to its wide network of academic and industrial resources across all sectors, to innovative projects and technological trends as well as skills and expertise of researchers at the University of Geneva and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Geneva."

Genève Design

Genève Design is a Swiss based office creating and designing visually stunning products: from corporate branding to printed material such as reports, banners, posters, through to online presence. Genève Design has worked with a broad range of clients from public sector organizations such as the United Nations (UN), to private sector enterprises and individuals, and is known for friendly personal service. See www.genevedesign.com for more information. 

Genève Design defines its partnership with the GHL in the following terms:

"Genève Design believes in the work of the Global Humanitarian Lab and collaborates with them to quickly and efficiently design products to help share the message as impressively and attractively as possible. In support of the GHL creation and initial development phase, Genève Design offers pro bono design and desktop publishing services for the initial 2 years"

 

 

Impact Hub

An Innovation Lab. A business incubator. A learning community. Impact Hub Geneva provides support structure for entrepreneurs, innovators and organisations that come together to prototype new models for a society that works for all. Part of a global network of 85+ Impact Hubs around the world, Impact Hub Geneva offers access to a incubation and innovation programmes, an inspiring working space, thought-provoking events and a vibrant community of more than 20 000 members and partners worldwide. See www.impacthub.net for more information.

Impac Hub defines its partnership with the GHL in the following terms:

"We are excited to bring our support to the Global Humanitarian Lab. As entrepreneurs, we believe in learning by doing, failing, piloting, and prototyping. We bring forward solutions and ventures to solve some of the most pressing challenges of the world today, through the expertise and resources of entrepreneurs, innovators, and likeminded partners from both Geneva and from across the world. We currently host entrepreneur networks in over 80 cities across the world, and growing rapidly particularly in Africa and Central America. We are currently supporting the GHL in the "incubation" and "satellites" workstreams."

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. Established in 1863 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the ICRC employs some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC’s mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols which have been signed by 195 countries by 2013. See www.icrc.org/en for more information. 

ICRC describes the partnership with the GHL in the following terms:

"ICRC will collaborate towards the shared goals of the GHL: sharing lessons and experience from the ICRC Innovation Initiative; developing best practice in community empowerment and user-centred design; collaborating on similar projects to avoid duplication of efforts; sharing resources and learnings to address barriers to scale within the humanitarian innovation space."

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International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. See www.ifrc.org for more information.

This is how the IFRC describes its partnership with the GHL: 

"IFRC will collaborate towards the shared goals of the GHL: sharing lessons and experience from innovation initiatives across the IFRC network; developing best practice in community empowerment and engaging with local innovation; collaborating on similar projects to avoid duplication of efforts; sharing resources and learnings to address barriers to scale within the humanitarian innovation space."