The Humanitarian Innovation Lab is a multidisciplinary
and applied shared initiative of NTNU and PRIO (2016-2020) with the
purpose of generating research results and technical/system innovation suggestions.
The aim of this initiative is to contribute to the development of the knowledge of how ICT innovation can improve humanitarian action by exploring:
(a) Remote management /information infrastructure in refugee management.
The role of CSR and humanitarian accountability objectives in
furthering responsible and meaningful ICT innovation in the humanitarian
is to contribute to responsible innovation in the humanitarian sector
by assisting in ICT problem formulation and to help develop a critical
conversation in the emergent humanitarian innovation scholarship. We
will do this by:
- Mapping information systems.
how the objectives of humanitarian accountability and CSR contribute to
relevant and responsible innovation and research (RRI).
- Experimenting with new models for information management (not described here).
The initiative will also contribute to:
- Strengthen collaboration between academia and humanitarian practitioners.
- Strengthen national research environments for innovation research.
- Facilitate professional education of humanitarian workers through the establishment of a humanitarian innovation lab at NTNU.
- Contribute to adapt the RRI framework to the emergent field of humanitarian innovation.
Humanitarian Innovation Lab will disseminate information about its
activities and make publications available through the PRIO website, the
NCHS website and a designated project blogspot: https://humanitarianinnovationlab.wordpress.com/.
reach the general public, we will submit op-eds to Norwegian
newspapers. To reach humanitarian policymakers and scholars, we will
submit our work to ODIs Humanitarian Exchange Magazine; The ODI blog
´The Humanitarian Space`, the ATHA.Se blog, Bistandsaktuelt and
openDemocracy, among other. We will continue our conversations with Save
the Children/IRIS, the ICRC and OCHA.
will seek to actively contribute to the Norwegian discussions prior to
the World Humanitarian Summit (2016). We will continue to be in direct
dialogue with the Secretariat of the World Humanitarian Summit. NCHS
will continue to engage and support with Norwegian humanitarian actors
on the topic of humanitarian technology and innovation. We also plan to
contribute to the evolving academic field of humanitarian studies at the
the Oxford Innovation conference in July 2015 and the World
Humanitarian Studies conference in Addis Ababa in October 2015.