Response Innovation Lab

We exist to solve real, on-the-ground humanitarian problems.


Our aim is to complement traditional emergency response by adapting interventions and methods of relief operations to more effectively meet the needs of affected populations.


The Lab will develop, test and roll out proven concepts that overcome context-specific problems or barriers to aid delivery and community recovery. The Response Innovation Lab provides an inter-agency deployable team to set up a shared space which allows deeper problem solving in an emergency. On the ground amongst humanitarian agencies, innovations will work toward reducing the suffering of those affected by crisis and helping communities recover faster and build back better.


Demand-led change drives the way we work: developing a culture that supports innovation when and where it’s needed while being open to change, embracing experimentation and learning from failure. We intend to mitigate risk by being grounded in evidence, informed by operational excellence, and led by humanitarian principles.


“The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system.”
Kevin Kelly