The Dutch Relief Alliance brings Dutch NGOs to the forefront of innovation for humanitarian action. Current approaches to innovation often fail to achieve impact at scale due to a lack of resources for research and development, the development of solutions in isolation and missed chances to share successes. To tackle these challenges, the Innovation Working Group within the DRA stimulates innovation and continuous learning across organisational structures through:

1) setting up the DRA Innovation Fund and develop calls for proposals for humanitarian innovation projects

2) mentor the granted innovation projects

3) stimulate local humanitarian innovation within the Joint Responses

4) disseminate all innovation learnings from the innovation projects and the Joint Responses within and outside the DRA

Check out the DRA Innovation Update 2021 here.

Innovation projects funded by DRA Innovation Fund

TeamUp: Ready? Go!


Waste to Clean Energy…Closing the Loop

Youth Livelihoods and Conflict Transformation


Clean Energy Kiosks in Refugee Settlements

Sport for Peace

Tackling Barriers to Cash and Voucher Assistance

Communities in the Driver’s Seat

Build Your Own Buddy (BoB)

Engaging Faith Leaders and Communities in SGBV prevention

Seamless MHPSS Cross-Border Care


121 – (Upskilling and Upscaling) Cash and Voucher Assistance

Incident Reporting App

Dioptra for rapid and rigorous cost-efficiency analysis

Empowered2Protect – (Getting Set 2 Scale)