Humanitarian Action

Join the Humanitarian Action Challenge

We would hereby like to challenge and invite you to participate in the Humanitarian Action Challenge. The Challenge aims to stimulate cooperation between business (including start-ups) and NGOs in order to develop innovative technological solutions for peace, justice and humanitarian action.

The challenge consists of 3 specific and separate challenges, each with a challenge owner: Dutch Coalition for Hu-manitarian Innovation (DCHI), World Food Programme (WFP) andInternational Organization for Migration (IOM).

The prize is that the tenderer of the winning proposal(s) will be granted funding, and will participate in two workshops to further develop the proposal to a final proposal that is fit for the pilot phase. A maximum of € 36.800,- incl. VAT per proposal can be applied for, with a maximum of 6 proposals.

Please note: you can register for the Humanitarian Action Challenge until 21 August 2018 09:00.

In order to participate in this challenge, these requirements apply:

  • Proof of legal entitity
  • At least one of the implementing parties is a business and at least one is an NGO
  • Only after granting it is necessary that at least one of the implementing parties is registered in The Hague. To swiftly organize this please check soft landing in The Hague.

Read all about the 3 challenges:

DCHI Challenge

The Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI) challenges you to collaborate on empowering those affected by humanitarian crisis in the design of innovative solutions by using data and digitalization.

Challenge: Capitalizing on digitalization as means of empowerment.

How might we empower those affected by humanitarian crisis in the design of innovative humanitarian solutions, thereby tapping into the great human potential available and increasing the overall impact and effectiveness of humanitarian aid?

IOM Challenge

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) challenges you to collaborate on optimizing humanitarian analytical outputs for the design and planning of development initiatives

Challenge: Towards enhanced needs mapping for improved capacity and resource planning.

How can enhanced needs mapping and analysis help to improve capacity and resource planning in providing assistance to displaced populations and migrants?

WFP Challenge

The World Food Programme (WFP) challenges you to collaborate on harnessing innovative technologies and analytics to better understand the needs of the 815 million hungry people world wide

Challenge: Towards “Zero Hunger”

How can WFP make better use of the vast amount of unstructured data to understand the needs of hungry people in the world?
How can WFP integrate new tools to improve the way it processes and collects data, thereby allowing it to better listen to the voices of the millions of people living in vulnerable communities to inform its operations?

Goals and process of the Challenge

The municipality of The Hague is looking for creative, technological and innovative solutions for a number of international challenges. Solutions are products or services with a technological component that answer the demand posed in the specific challenge it aims to address and that have a strong business model. In order to assess the innovative nature of the proposed solutions, these will be compared to existing products or services. Solutions need to be developed in co-creation between NGO’s and businesses/start-ups. The grantees will develop their proposed solution to the stage in which it is ready for the pilot phase. In order to get there, the Grantees will receive not only financial support, but also expert guidance and training throughout the development phase.

The Grantees will develop a prototype of their innovative solutions in relation to the published challenges. In developing their prototypes they will closely work together with the challenge owners via the mentor network. Throughout the development phase, they will also conduct initial testing to develop a proof of concept in relation to their prototype. Lastly, the Grantees will develop a proposal to pilot their developed solutions. The pilot, which does not have to be executed under this funding, aims to conduct sustained testing with (foreseen) end users within their operational environment to validate the innovative solution and build a business case.

How to participate?

The challenge will be run like a tender and is published on Tenderned, and via the communication channels of Impact City, the municipality, the Hague Humanity Hub, HumanityX and through a number of internationally identifiable channels. The challenge is facilitated by the municipality of The Hague with the support of the Hague Humanity Hub and HumanityX.

All communication regarding the tender takes place via Tenderned. Proposals must also be submitted via Tenderned. If you are interested, please make sure to obtain an account on Tenderned as soon as possible.