Innovation and refugees

Innovation around displacement is not new. Yet the imperfections of current approaches are obvious in the challenges that we continue to face. By looking at old problems in new ways and by seeking and fostering innovation itself, new products can be developed, new ways of working can be devised and new modalities and paradigms can emerge to make the lives of displaced people better, more sustainable and less risky. These 11 articles reflect some of the thinking behind humanitarian innovation for displaced people, and some of its current manifestations.


The title – ‘Innovation and refugees’ – of this special FMR supplement reflects the focus of the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) with whom we have worked to publish this collection of articles. The eleven articles include contributions from HIP’s Humanitarian Innovation Conference (held in Oxford in July 2014).

This supplement is available in print and online in English only.

The individual articles can be accessed and downloaded in html, pdf and audio (MP3) formats by clicking on the ‘Individual articles’ link above.

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We would like to thank Alexander Betts of the Refugee Studies Centre for his support and assistance, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their generous financial support.

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