About GAHI

The Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI) works to scale innovation in the humanitarian system. GAHI brings humanitarians, businesses, governments, and innovation hubs together to achieve this goal.

GAHI was formed at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in recognition of the need for collective action to meet soaring levels of need. GAHI is founded on the principle that basic elements to adapt the humanitarian system to new tools and technologies are in place, but that the system, collectively, needs to take three steps to nurture and de-risk this process:

Get concrete

Innovation efforts should be tied to concrete outcomes and delivered at scale. GAHI is convening the system around opportunities to leverage new tools and technologies in:

  • migration and displacement – focusing on education
  • dull disasters – and bringing insurance to bear
  • urban contexts
  • and, delivering the Grand Bargain.

Manage risks

Unfettered innovation may not just be unethical, it may also pose risk to the humanitarian premise. GAHI is convening a serious process around the ethics of innovation, exploring a charter or standards on responsible innovation.

Ground change in facts and foresight

Innovation should be grounded and future-proofed. GAHI will work to link innovative processes to hard evidence (e.g. the relevant research findings that should shape solutions) as well as foresight techniques to ensure that changes can endure.


Please see the GAHI strategy to understand more about how we will achieve this.

Initial financial support for GAHI has been generously provided by the governments of Australia, Netherlands, Denmark and the UK.