INNOVATION FOR EARTHQUAKE RESILIENCE AND RESPONSE IN THE PHILIPPINES
According to the World Risk Report in 2016, the Philippines is the third most vulnerable country to disasters. The country lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire where 80% of earthquakes occur, and the Metro Manila authorities are increasing preparations for the so-called ‘Big One’. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the fault moves every 400 to 600 years. It last moved in 1658, or 360 years ago.
The CDP-ATIH-HIF convening initiative aims to bring together civil society with academe, government and the private sector to explore unsolved problems in earthquake resilience and response in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA), and develop new solutions and partnerships. Focusing on community and household resilience, and key preparatory measures in areas such as water, food, logistics, coordination and communications, two planned workshops will provide a forum for individuals and organisations to further understanding of current problems and potential solutions through the use of innovation tools and techniques.
The innovation process enables people to take a step-back from their day-to-day jobs and think about how traditional approaches to humanitarian programming might be improved, and to bring together different sets of expertise to work on cross-disciplinary problems. We aim to complement and reinforce ongoing planning efforts at varying levels by supporting different actors to come together and consider the challenges to effective resilience and response from the ground up.
We invite applications to participate in the convening initiative from groups that hope to gain a better understanding of the problem that they are trying to tackle in order to develop new and improved products and services for humanitarian action. Please see below for further information on how to apply.
Most of what we do is about solving different kinds of problems, whether that’s the humanitarian problems that define our purpose, or the operational problems that knock us off course in our day-to-day work. To be successful as individuals and organisations, we must constantly respond to problems and look for improvements in the way that we work and the outcomes that we deliver.
This often involves relatively minor corrections or adjustments to standard practice, but sometimes a failure to see the change that we want, a reassessment of our priorities, or a greater ambition might lead us to rethink ‘standard practice’ entirely. Innovative ideas come in all shapes and sizes, but we are primarily focused on the development of new products, services and processes with the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian preparedness and response.
We think innovation is about more than new technology. While technology often drives innovation, we believe that innovation is a process of defining problems, adapting and developing new context-based solutions, and taking them to scale. Good innovation has clear problem definition at its heart and requires us to reassess our basic assumptions, and commit to collaboration, learning and the generation of evidence.
We are driven by a set of principles and ethical guidelines, which inform our approach at all levels. These principles include a commitment to involve users and crisis-affected populations in the design, development and delivery of new products and services, and to develop appropriate, rigorous and actionable evidence to inform decision making. We also aim to bring together the complementary expertise of people who don’t normally work with each other in order to inspire new thinking.
The humanitarian sector has always relied on the determination and ingenuity of those on the front line working to deliver life-saving aid to communities affected by conflict or natural disaster. But while reactive innovation has always been central to humanitarian action, the proactive application of innovation is relatively recent. By having a common platform to discuss problems, collaborate on solutions, and generate collective action, we aim to generate lessons for the systematic application, study and implementation of innovation for humanitarian action in the Philippines.
Webinar, October 2018 (Optional)
This webinar will provide an introduction to the initiative, including a briefing on the current context, aims and objectives, and an overview of the two planned workshops. We will also provide further information on the selection process and how to write a strong application.
WORKSHOP 1, QUEZON CITY, 27-29 NOVEMBER 2018
WORKSHOP 2, QUEZON CITY, 19-21 FEBRUARY 2019
HOW TO APPLY
We are looking to select 6-8 teams to participate in both workshops. The application requires you to:
Identify a specific problem that presents a gap or opportunity for innovation
Make an informed assessment of the different sets of expertise that are required to understand and respond to the problem
Provide the details of a further 2-3 people with demonstrated expertise in relevant areas who are committed to attending the workshops along with you as part of your team
Initial applications should be submitted by a ‘lead applicant’ who works for a relevant organisation, is passionate about the problem they are seeking to solve, and able to coordinate and bring together team members. The lead applicant and all team members must commit to attending both workshops, and to carrying out 1-2 days of research in-between.
What is included in the package?
2 x 3-day fully facilitated workshops at a venue in Quezon City, including refreshments and lunch
2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast for those outside of Quezon City for each workshop
Up to 25,000 PHP to cover expenses related to research to be carried out in between the workshops (available on the provision of receipts)
What is not included in the package?
19 October 2018, Friday, 5:30 PM local time
If you or your organisation are interested in participating in this convening initiative, we recommend that you sign up to the webinar on 1 October 2018 to learn more.
If you are unable to attend the webinar, you are still welcome to apply. Our online application form is now online.
Get in contact
If you have any further questions, please contact:
Center for Disaster Preparedness
+63 02 508 3633/ +63 917 822 7750
Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund
ABOUT THE ORGANISERS
The Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) works with non-government organizations, people’s organization, communities, and government agencies at all levels to enhance their capacities in disaster prevention and mitigation, preparedness, emergency response, and rehabilitation and recovery.
The ADRRN Tokyo Innovation Hub (ATIH) was established in 2017 as a new function of the Asia Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) to promote innovative activities of member NGOs and institutionalize innovation in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness within the network.
Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance through the provision of grant funding for innovation and advisory support, capturing and sharing lessons learned, and fostering effective partnerships.