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 organizational structures through:

1) setting up the DRA Innovation Fund and develop call 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 latest DRA Innovation Update 2020 here.

Innovation projects funded by DRA Innovation Fund


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

Systematic Cost Analysis with Dioptra



The Dutch Relief Alliance Innovation Fund (DIF) presents its fourth Call for Proposals. The DIF 4 (readiness to) scale Call aims for projects to enter the next stage of innovating. 

The DIF 4 Call will support projects at an early stage to plan for scale, to develop their theory of scale and to begin/continue testing and implementing critical components that will enable subsequent scale.

The (readiness to) Scale Call has been developed in collaboration with Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund  a global charity that aims to find solutions to complex humanitarian problems through research and innovation. 

During the Call process, updates will be posted online. For more information click here.