Using innovation to save lives and alleviate suffering.

About us

MSF Sweden Innovation Unit


The MSF Sweden Innovation Unit is under the umbrella of MSF Sweden, which is one of the 24 associations in the global MSF movement. Each association is attached to one of the five Operational Centres (OC), based in Belgium (OCB – Brussels), France (OCP – Paris), Holland (OCA – Amsterdam), Spain (OCBA – Barcelona/Athens), and Switzerland (OCG – Geneva).

About MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières

The principles and charter of MSF.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a worldwide movement. We are owned and run by our staff, past and present. Collectively, they make sure that MSF stays true to its mission and principles. If you want to know more about MSF, follow the links below.

“Innovation is about co-creating and implementing products, services and processes that improve our capability to effectively save lives and alleviate suffering.”

Maximizing the innovation capability of MSF.

In the humanitarian sector, where responding quickly to rapidly emerging crisis situations is absolutely crucial, humanitarian organizations struggle to maintain a balance between addressing short-term needs and building the capability to meet long-term challenges. MSF Sweden Innovation Unit explores a human-centered approach for promoting a culture of innovation within MSF, to more effectively co-create innovations that save lives and alleviate suffering.

Supporting MSF Operational Centres.

One of MSF Sweden’s objectives is to support the Operational Centres (OC) with more than financial and human resources. MSF Sweden Innovation Unit is one such contribution, allowing Operational Centres to more effectively explore needs, problems and opportunities within and outside of the organization.

Our Values

The foundation for innovation.




Proximity to field

We are heavily user-centred, valuing access to the needs in real field contexts.


We rely on strong partnerships inside and outside of MSF, across sectors, organizations and disciplines.


We strive to be well-organized and systematic, to allow for effective scaling and maximum impact.

Failing forward

We promote a culture of iteration and experimentation, where accelerating our learning curve is key.


We are aiming for ideas with real impact, requiring a balance between long-term vision and short-term action.