Who are we innovating for?
The Red Cross and Red Crescent believes that improved humanitarian systems, structure and operational practices cannot be the guiding objective for innovation. We must begin the systematic improvement of the humanitarian sector by asking individuals and communities what they need, what they want from humanitarians and what role they want to play in humanitarian action and then align our systems and structures to those dimensions. To espouse a human-centered design approach for interventions, we must include the people who will be impacted by the reinvention of humanitarian aid in this transformative process as well.
To sustain these improvements and changes and to effectively support local leadership, we will need additional support from other disciplines and industries. Thus, the Red Cross and Red Crescent encourages:
With diverse perspectives and partnerships, we can co-design not only improved humanitarian products, processes and programs, but the very best position and paradigm from which to operate in the future.