Thought Pieces

Baking Social Impact Business into Sustainable Humanitarian Financing Model

Baking Social Impact Business into Sustainable Humanitarian Financing Model

How can we better co-design and prototype emerging technology with communities at the center? Over the past year, Nepal Red Cross, Cameroon Red Cross, Nesta UK, and IFRC Solferino Academy explored how emerging technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence (AI), could support the effective delivery of humanitarian work by involving communities in the design in two very different contexts. This project was done during a global pandemic and ongoing emergencies with the everyday complexities of humanitarian response. 

read more
Intelligence collective de crise : Aperçus et leçons clés du Cameroun et du Népal

Intelligence collective de crise : Aperçus et leçons clés du Cameroun et du Népal

comment pouvons-nous mieux co-concevoir et prototyper les technologies émergentes en plaçant les communautés au cœur du processus ? Au cours de l’année écoulée, la Croix-Rouge du Népal, la Croix-Rouge du Cameroun, Nesta UK et l’Académie de Solferino de la FICR ont entrepris cette réflexion. Les équipes ont exploré comment les technologies émergentes, en particulier l’intelligence artificielle (IA), pouvaient contribuer à l’efficacité du travail humanitaire en impliquant les communautés dans la conception, dans deux contextes très différents. Ce projet a été réalisé pendant une pandémie mondiale, avec diverses situations d’urgence en cours et les complexités quotidiennes de la réponse humanitaire.

read more
Collective Crisis Intelligence: Insights and key lessons from Cameroon and Nepal

Collective Crisis Intelligence: Insights and key lessons from Cameroon and Nepal

How can we better co-design and prototype emerging technology with communities at the center? Over the past year, Nepal Red Cross, Cameroon Red Cross, Nesta UK, and IFRC Solferino Academy explored how emerging technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence (AI), could support the effective delivery of humanitarian work by involving communities in the design in two very different contexts. This project was done during a global pandemic and ongoing emergencies with the everyday complexities of humanitarian response. 

read more
A call for humanitarian consistency

A call for humanitarian consistency

Maryann Horne, Senior Humanitarian advisor for Crises and Emergencies for Asia Pacific looks at of the global impacts of the Ukraine crisis. She argues that principled humanitarian action and the respect of International Humanitarian Law is more needed than ever.
The reverberations of the Ukraine/Russia crisis are plain to feel. Even if the violence were to de-escalate rapidly, the impacts are creating breaking points in an already precarious post pandemic global reality.

read more
Introducing collective crisis intelligence

Introducing collective crisis intelligence

AI and predictive analytics are increasingly being piloted to predict humanitarian crises and needs. However, crisis-affected communities are rarely involved in designing, testing or managing these tools. In this blog we introduce our research on ‘collective crisis intelligence’ (CCI), an emerging innovation approach that offers an alternative trajectory for AI development in the humanitarian sector.

read more
Covid-19 Is a Call for Universalism

Covid-19 Is a Call for Universalism

Crises are by definition breaking points. Something that we thought would hold – peace, health, transit system, electric supply, a way of life, a society – shatters. While dealing with the crisis, our understanding of the vulnerability of our world increases, as does our understanding of how to prevent the catastrophe from happening again. The first-hand experience spurs innovation and recalibration that will, if built correctly, lead to increased resilience.

read more
3 things we can be proud of in 2020 and 3 things to focus on in 2021

3 things we can be proud of in 2020 and 3 things to focus on in 2021

Any way you look at it 2020 was unprecedented, complex and challenging, and there is little indication that things will get any easier in the near future. Amongst the many difficulties we faced, however, a number of positives emerged alongside some key lessons for us going forward. At the Solferino Academy we spoke to 20 senior leaders across the IFRC and network of National Societies to ask their views on this. Here is some of what they told us:

read more
Bringing the ISO 9001 into the humanitarian world

Bringing the ISO 9001 into the humanitarian world

The core mission of the Red Cross and thus Belgian Red Cross-Flanders is helping the most vulnerable people. They deserve qualitative help, which makes us vigilant to their needs in an ever-changing world. Restoring Family Links is a mandate activity, one that is existing for a long period. You might thus assume that we know what the clients or stakeholders needs are…

read more