Focus Areas

At GAHI, we do not believe in a top-down process of innovation. We look to our members and partners to bring us opportunities where:

  • there is a recognised need for new approaches and ideas;
  • innovation is already occurring, particularly in the field;
  • loose coalitions are emerging, signaling an intent to engage with scaling; and
  • collective action may be able to address barriers to scale.

Migration and Displacement

GAHI will convene to understand how new tools and technologies can help ensure that migrants, refugees and internally displaced peoples (IDPs) do not miss more than three months of education.

Over the longer term, we hope to explore:

  • More effective ways to link training for migrants, refugees and IDPs to relevant jobs, and to ensure these approaches acknowledge the realistic duration of displacement
  • How the right to information offers migrants, refugees and IDPs the ability to centre themselves at the heart of response, rather than as recipients of aid


New technologies to deliver on the Grand Bargain

GAHI will explore how digital identity solutions and, separately, distributed ledger technology, can transform humanitarian assistance.

Over the longer term, we hope to explore how:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine-learning can help humanitarians make better decisions
  • Technology can help share local knowledge and empower locally led response

Dull Disasters / Risk Management

GAHI will convene around the opportunity to improve predictability through insurance. The precise contours of this are being worked out (please let us know if you would like to participate in these discussions.
We believe there are additional opportunities offered by the ability to price risk globally, including the possibility of public-private partnerships that can both insure critical infrastructure and enable independently validated risk-reduction.


Urban response

In addition, we are exploring the potential to engage in urban response – an increasing reality and priority for our members.

Within this area, we are exploring three sets of ideas:

  • Technology offers better risk management for cities facing increased migration and disaster frequency
  • Smart city software could offer significant gains in disaster preparedness and response
  • Collective learning can help cities deploying differentiated strategies in the face of similar risks

We are always open to new ideas. Contact us if you have one – here, on twitter, or on LinkedIn.