Organised in partnership with the UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub (UKHIH) and the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England), this dialogue brought together leading global experts in humanitarian assistance to explore how innovations in learning can transform the humanitarian sector.
The session was introduced Abigael Baldoumas, policy & advocacy manager at Bond and chaired by Ben Ramalingam, executive director, UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub. The panellists are:
- Dr Mohana Amirtharajah, Coordinator of Specialists/Surgery Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Amsterdam
- John Mitchell, Special Advisor, ALNAP, UK
- Samer Jabbour, Professor of Public Health Practice, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
In this session, the speakers discussed:
- Where innovation is happening,
- How the humanitarian sector uses knowledge, evidence, and technology to learn,
- Where there is the potential to go further.
When meaningful change has happened in humanitarian work, it has always been underpinned and accompanied by learning. But, as many observers have noted, all too often learning has not resulted in change. This session brought three different lenses to bear on the question, how can we harness the potential of learning to disrupt and transform humanitarian practice in a world of perpetual crises?