-Like cash transfers have represented a significant innovation in the global approach to humanitarian action, we need to continue to challenge ourselves to develop solutions that can work long term in contexts with both increasing needs and pressure on available funding, said Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith at the opening of a Norwegian-sponsored meeting on innovative humanitarian business models which took place 11 May.
The well attended meeting included presentations from organisations that are working on adapting and implementing business models that are new to humanitarian assistance.
In addition, Innovation Norway was present during the physical HNPW week with a stand on the humanitarian innovation programme, HIP Norway.
The Norwegian Mission also organised an informal lunch for representatives for Norwegian actors who participated at HNPW. The informal lunch in the Norwegian residence gathered around 20 participants from the private sector, humanitarian actors, and government representatives, in addition to Innovation Norway.
- We need to think new thoughts to be able to address tomorrow’s humanitarian problems. Cross-sectorial meeting places such as the HNPW are important for our joint and continuous efforts to improve how we assist people affected by humanitarian crises, said Mørch Smith.
HNPW 2022 lasts from 2-20 May and is one of the largest humanitarian gatherings of its kind. A Norwegian-sponsored meeting on protection and digital solutions 19 May is rescheduled for 25 May.