Using innovation to save lives and alleviate suffering

Our services

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What we offer

The SIU offers a range of services to fulfil its remit of pushing MSF forward towards a more innovative way of working. 

 
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Innovation case management

Innovation as a service. A tailor-made process to solve your specific problem. A service that includes solutions to practical concerns, from administrative issues to cutting-edge expertise. We work systematically with our design methodology. This services is available only to those working within MSF. 

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Facilitating partnerships

A core component of our work is facilitating connects both within MSF and externally. Our projects often encompass partnerships with companies and academia to produce results that are sustainable. 

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Innovation toolkit

Empowering MSFers to innovate through training, capacity building and knowledge transfer. This includes a range of digital tools (some of which are available online), as well as trainings that we run on how to push ideas forward in the humanitarian innovation sphere.

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Innovation strategy counsel

As one of the main innovation hubs within MSF, we are often called on for deep insights into emerging needs, trends and technologies to solve the humanitarian problems now and in the future. As part of this, we also engage trend-watching to stay ahead of the curve.


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Funding mechanisms

Through our experienced innovation network, we help projects and people within MSF get off the ground by assisting in finding, writing and implementing funding applications for the opportunities available. 

 

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Field innovation support

We aim to foster a culture of innovation from the field, all the way up the organisation. As part of this, we support individuals who want to make their field ideas a reality.

 

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Co-creation

We aim to catalyse and inspire innovation through tailor-made services which can be targeted to the situation. This includes: facilitating internal workshops or running hackathons and makeathons with external partners on to try and address some of the challenges facing MSF.

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Incubating

We think ideas with potential from MSFers should be pushed forward and allowed to flourish. We occasionally act as an incubator for projects — giving them the time to get off the ground.

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Examples of our work

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