The kick-off event for the GPHI2 was held on October 16th, 2014 at IMD in Lausanne. GPHI2 will be organizing a series of similar events as part of its efforts to create linkages across sectors in view of strengthening the impact of humanitarian action. The next big event is planned for the summer of 2015 in India. In the meantime a series of smaller thematic meetings will be organized in the months ahead. Please stay tuned for more details.

Highlights from the GPHI2 Kick-Off Event

The primary purpose of the kick-off event at IMD on October 16th, 2014 was to launch GPHI2 process. Over a 100 leaders from academia, think tanks, the corporate sector, and humanitarian actors participated the kick-off event. This includes:

▪   Representatives from companies that lead the field in terms of business innovation, such as ABB, Lombard Odier, GSMA, Philips, Holcim, Novartis, Swiss Re and the IKEA Foundation

▪   Researchers and professors from IMD, EPFL, and the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine

▪   Representatives from humanitarian and development organizations such as the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Terre des Hommes, that have experience with innovative approaches such as digital registration, data protection, and crowdsourcing

Challenges and Priority Issues

Four key challenges were discussed in detail over the course of the event. The detailed agenda for the day is available here. Below are some of the highlights of the presentations from key speakers and panelists.

Resources from the Kick-Off event
The presentation by IMD Prof. Bill Fischer on Harnessing Innovation is available, as well as snapshots from the graphic facilitation that took place during the event. A selection of participant interviews can also be viewed here.

Videos from the event

Publications from GPHI2 2014:

IMD produced these following two publications from the first GPHI2 event in 2014:

Global Partnerships for Humanitarian Impact and Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities

Global Partnerships for Humanitarian Impact and Innovation: Nobody Can Do It Alone