The beginning and end of the Innovation Index

The beginning and end of the Innovation Index

The Innovation Index Experiment UNHCR’s Innovation Service has been undertaking an experiment. We created an Innovation Index; our first attempt at measuring how we’re doing when it comes to innovation in our field operations. We never released the product. This...
What doesn’t kill you: let’s talk about failure

What doesn’t kill you: let’s talk about failure

Someone said to me recently, “deep down, everyone is winging it most of the time.” I remembered this when at the WEDC WASH Conference in Nakuru last month, I was asked to be on a panel about failure in faecal sludge management. I’m no expert on this topic...
What does Innovation ≠ Technology mean?

What does Innovation ≠ Technology mean?

In the humanitarian sector, knowing even a little bit about technology can take you a long way. Comparatively, with many other sectors public and private, we’ve been a little behind the times when it comes to adopting and adapting to new technologies and bringing in...
Innovation metrics for human development – what we have learned

Innovation metrics for human development – what we have learned

Inspired by the recent frank reflection by UNCHR’s amazing Innovation Team on designing metrics for humanitarian innovation, we would like to share lessons we learned, challenges we are addressing and plans we have moving forward to measure the impact of innovation in...
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