Humanitarian markets: challenges and opportunities for innovation


Date/Time: 2nd December 2015


In the third seminar of the Humanitarian Innovation Lab dialogue series, Norwegian and International stakeholders are invited to discuss ‘the humanitarian market’. It has been acknowledged that the humanitarian relief system needs a paradigm shift, in which private enterprises are invited to the table of collaborations. In our discussion, we will focus on the structures of the humanitarian market as per today and new approaches that are taken to foster innovation in private-humanitarian partnerships. This debate on humanitarian market structures includes whether or not it should remove itself from the status as a quasi-market.  Should emergency relief contexts be regarded as direct market opportunities, or are there other and more responsible approaches that can foster humanitarian innovation?

09:00     Welcome and introductions

Kristin B Sandvik: Challenges of the humanitarian market

09:30      Panel discussion between MSF, ICRC and NOREPS representatives:

What are the challenges…

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About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on and about humanitarian design at . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on
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