The Response Innovation Lab Program 2019

The Response Innovation Lab Uganda is launching a call for ideas that have the potential to make a lasting difference in the lives of the targeted communities.

Response Innovation Lab

The Response Innovation Lab is a global, multi-actor, a cross-sectoral initiative focused on supporting innovation
in the delivery of emergency and recovery assistance. In Uganda, it is hosted by Save the Children.

The Response Innovation Lab’s role is innovation on the ground in humanitarian contexts real-time solving of problems in large-scale humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises such as earthquakes, typhoons, civil war, and unrest. Similar to business, there are problems, both simple and complex, that are often only visible on the ground.

The Lab believes that by collaborating at a project, country and international level, together we can meet humanitarian needs more efficiently and effectively. The Response Innovation Lab supports generates context-appropriate solutions, helping innovations achieve appropriate widespread use and sustainability.

They are looking for innovative solutions that meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • Solutions to major challenges that refugees and host families face when trying to meet their basic needs
  • Ugandan-developed innovations (which may or may not include the use of technology)
  • Solutions that have already been tested/have achieved proof of concept and are ready to be piloted with communities
  • Organizations that are ready to offer their solutions to refugees and communities in host districts
  • Organizations that understand the needs of last-mile users and vulnerable households and/or individuals and have prior experience with the presented solution (technology/service, etc…)

Response Innovation Lab

The application should respond to one (or more) of the following challenges that have been identified within the humanitarian and innovation ecosystem:

  • Creation of sustainable livelihoods opportunities (employment creation, skills development, connections with private sector opportunities and markets)
  • Education: cost-effective and results-oriented approaches to teacher professional development, improved learning environments, and outcomes (including numeracy/literacy), multi-lingual contexts, etc…
  • (environmentally and economically) sustainable and safe access to water and energy and waste management solutions
  • Quality of and access to health services, including but not limited to sexual and reproductive health with a focus on adolescents and psycho-social support
  • Empowerment and inclusion of marginalized persons and groups, particularly women or people living with a disability,
  • Others: if your idea doesn’t fit in one of the above categories you can still apply and justify why you believe the challenge is relevant to the crisis affected communities of Uganda.


  • Up to US$ 7,000/ UGX 26 million for the implementation of the winning project (1) Support with connections and expertise in the humanitarian field
  • Access to a tailored M&E toolkit
  • Visibility through the Response
  • Innovation Lab network and tools


  • Demonstrate that the project will improve the ecological, societal and/or economic impact on the lives of refugees and host communities
  • Showcase how their solutions are innovative compared to ongoing approaches
  • Be registered in Uganda and have a bank account in its own name
  • Have been registered formally and active since a minimum of one year
  • Have a (preliminary) business plan or strategic plan over the next 1-3 years
  • Have a capacity for co-funding/matched funding
  • Be able to provide evidence of child safeguarding standards

How to Apply

To apply for the Response Innovation Lab, follow the link below

Click here to Apply

Deadline: 4th December 2018


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