Feraye Ozfescioglu

April 2021

Dear all,

The world as we know is no longer the same. The pandemic has radically altered much of our lives around the world in both the short and long term. It raised the stakes, accelerating the need for systemic change and radical yet realistic measures to recalibrate social values and provide more sustainable and equitable pathways for the future. The consequences that have unfolded serve as a reminder that efforts to reduce poverty, fight climate change and create an economy that works for all require bold change.

The world today has a unique opportunity to move from marginal changes to transformative re-development. Using decentralised models of growth, building on opportunities provided by digitalisation and artificial intelligence could ensure climate-friendly sustainable development with a more equitable distribution of wealth and “Innovation” will play an important role in building back better as well as equal.

In this edition of WHF Talks, we analysed and discussed “Innovation”. We had one-on-one conversations on WHFtalks.live with special guests, Jarmo Sareva, Ambassador for Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Bernardo Mariano, CIO & Director Digital Health and Innovation at World Health Organization, Bernhard Kowatsch, Head of UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator & Member of WHF Tech For Good Programming Board and Anne-Lise Lavaur, Head of Programmes, Solidarities International.

I would like to thank all the article contributors to the 14th issue of WHF Talks, hope you enjoy reading them.

We are also counting down for WHF London taking place on 19-20 May and look forward to welcoming you on this digital gathering. WHF London is going to welcome you on a 3D platform.

Last but not least, speaking of innovation at this month’s issue, I have the pleasure to welcome Dianne Dain to the senior leadership team of WHF as “Chief Initiatives and Innovation Officer”. WHF is stronger with her joining to the team and we look forward to continuing to shape the future for a better tomorrow.

Yours sincerely, 

Feraye Ozfescioglu

CEO, World Humanitarian Forum

WELCOME TO WHF TALKS 14!

WHF Senior Leadership

World Humanitarian Forum is extremely proud to announce Dianne Dain as Chief Initiatives and Innovation Officer at WHF as part of the Senior Leadership Team. 

Dianne has been an Innovation and leadership specialist building the technology partnerships at the United Nations Secretariat Office of ICT. She is on the leadership team that created the UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) network and also leads the UN Reboot Accelerator which engages youth innovators and entrepreneurs. She is an Honorary Professor at the Wise Center for Economic Justice at Glasgow Caledonia University and the President of The Singer Foundation with a focus on supporting women and children globally.

We have a vital opportunity to innovate post Covid a trait that is perhaps the most valuable to all of us. That is, our capacity to embrace change. As Author Helen Hillock once said, “Change has come for life to struggle forward.” Change is coming, climate change is accelerating on the heels of this pandemic and often times change is feared, even dreaded.  
The period of Covid recovery, has induced change in what feels like nearly every aspect of every human being's life. It has dumbfounded even the most educated professionals with its impact, leaving us in a constant state ofDianne Dain unease. Staying stagnant during this time of uncertainty is not an option. As we embrace and innovate the future changes which are upon us and learn to accelerate solutions, we can develop qualities like compassion, flexibility, optimism, and persistence that can help shape us into a better world.  
I look forward to accelerating progress with the World Humanitarian Forum, join us and let’s get to work!

 

- Dianne Dain, Chief Initiatives and Innovation Officer, WHF

WHF LONDON 2021

WHF London 2021

On 19-20 May 2021, World Humanitarian Forum will digitally host its flagship event, WHF London 2021.

WHF London will analyse the future of humanitarianism, what the “Global Reset” will mean for humanitarian aid and international development and what exactly will a ‘Global Reset’ look like? WHF London will create a series of conversations across 2 days to interrogate global challenges and chart the practical steps required to create more resilient, equal societies and reimagine a world beyond the pandemic.

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WHF Talks.Live

Interview with Bernardo Mariano

WHF Talks.Live | Bernardo Mariano, CIO & Director Digital Health and Innovation at World Health Organization

In this interview, Bernardo Mariano, CIO & Director of Digital Health and Innovations at World Health Organization, discusses WHO’s digital health vision and strategy, the role of data security and capabilities to deliver global health goals and how technology companies can assist us with health goals.

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Interview with Ambassador Jarmo Sareva

WHF Talks.Live | Jarmo Sareva, Ambassador for Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland


In this interview, Ambassador Jarmo Sarema discuss the importance of innovations within the humanitarian sector, cross-sector partnerships, the H2Grow programme and more.

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Interview with Anne-Lise Lavraur

WHF Talks.Live | Anne-Lise Lavaur, Head of Programmes, Solidarities International

Anne-Lise Lavaur analyses with Feraye Ozfecioglu, CEO of WHF, the current challenges to innovations, consider the successful usage of innovations in WASH systems and discuss how success in innovation should be measured.

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Interview with Bernhard Kowatsch

WHF Talks.Live | Bernhard Kowatsch, Head of UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator & Member of WHF Tech For Good Programming Board

In this interview, Bernhard Kowatsch, Head of UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator & Member of WHF Tech For Good Programming Board, addresses the knowledge on the challenges in implementing innovative policies in humanitarian organisations, discuss WFP’s role in supporting humanitarian innovations and determine innovations that can assist us in responding to issues of food security.

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WHF Podcasts

WHF Podcasts

WHF Podcast Series brings a series of high-level interviews with world leaders, private sector executives and other global influencers for a one-on-one account of the issues that are transforming the international agenda and people's everyday lives.

Listen to the latest episodes now featuring special guests such as Chelsea Clinton, Anne-Marie Grey, Inger Ashing and more!

 

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ARTICLES

Tech for sustainability, or the sustainability of tech?

Tech for sustainability, or the sustainability of tech?

- Alice Piterova & Katie Wheatley, AI For Good

Tech and sustainability – two words we have come to commonly hear used together. They both play an important role in the development of one another. More recently, we have seen tech being used for good and for the purpose of enhancing sustainability, but is the technology we use sustainable enough? Rather than focusing solely on the positive implications it has, we should be looking to how sustainable it truly is.

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Grass Root Innovation In Humanitarian Health | From Student Work to Disaster Response:  How Improved Data Collection Could Impact Austere and Transient Clinical Environments Globally

Grass Root Innovation In Humanitarian Health | From Student Work to Disaster Response:  How Improved Data Collection Could Impact Austere and Transient Clinical Environments Globally

- Sarah Draugelis, BS & Donald A. Donahue, DHEd, MBA, MSJ, FACHE, FRSPH

Accurate information is a foundational requirement for the delivery of health services, for planning and evaluating public and global health initiatives, and for identifying societal needs.  The advent of electronic medical records (EMRs) offers distinct advantages over paper based systems:  transportability, accessibility, individual and collective analyses, and protection from physical damage (e.g., loss, water damage, fire, fading).

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Innovation 5.0 towards Sustainable Development – A Youth-Led Perspective

Innovation 5.0 towards Sustainable Development – A Youth-Led Perspective

-  Kenneth Kwok, Founder, KIDsforSDGs & Reese Wong, Founder, ISSIA HK

As the world rebuilds greener, stronger and together, the acceleration of the twin green and digital transitions is required in order for us to collectively build towards a more sustainable and resilient society and economy. Innovation is among the key drivers of this dual transition, and the concept of Innovation 5.0 recognises the power of intelligence, inclusion, independence, interactivity and integration to drive systemically positive change, and to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth to become a resilient provider of prosperity. This is accomplished by making value creation respect the boundaries of our planet and placing the wellbeing of all stakeholders at the centre of the recovery process.

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Grassroots Innovation for a Sustainable World

Grassroots Innovation for a Sustainable World

- Kehkashan Basu, Founder-President of Green Hope Foundation

Innovation is at the core of sustainability – it helps us envision a better and brighter future for all.  Innovation can express itself in many forms – from the most sophisticated technologies like AI,  to ground level community created innovations that are able to solve the most pressing localized  challenges such as access to clean water through rainwater harvesting. As a grassroots crusader, I  have witnessed firsthand how effective both can be and can actually complement each other to  create a sustainable world.

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Tech for good and impact innovation to solve the world's biggest problems

Tech for good and impact innovation to solve the world's biggest problems

- Carlos Sentís,  Founder and CEO of the World Innovation Alliance & Member of WHF International Development Programming Board

With less than 10 years left to achieve the 2030 vision of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; close to 2 billion people still live in extreme poverty, 235 million people expected to require humanitarian assistance, 125 million girls are sold for sexual exploitation, 200 million people are currently unemployed, 40 active wars and violent acts kill hundreds of thousands and turn millions into refugees, air pollution kills 4.6 million citizens and hundreds of deadly terrorist attacks are perpetrated every year. 

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Reaching girls across the digital access continuum: Digital solutions to address gender-based violence

Reaching girls across the digital access continuum: Digital solutions to address gender-based violence

- Caroline Masboungi, Abeera Akhtar & Catherine Poulton and Gerda Binder

COVID-19 has exacerbated the ‘shadow pandemic’ of gender-based violence (GBV) experienced offline and online. It is now well documented that extended quarantines, as well as other physical distancing measures, enacted to manage the pandemic have increased women and girls’ exposure to GBV. And today, more than ever, online harassment and abuse are significant issues for young people, particularly girls.

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