Innovation Series - "Bottom Up" Innovation: an Interview with Alexander Betts and Louise Bloom

Release Date: 
Thursday, August 13, 2015

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In this episode, ATHA's Anaïde Nahikian speaks with Louise Bloom, Research Officer at the Humanitarian Innovation Project at the University of Oxford, and Professor Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, also at the University of Oxford.

The Refugee Studies Centre aims to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. A project of the Centre, the Humanitarian Innovation Project seeks to identify ways in which technology, innovation, and the private sector can enhance refugee livelihoods, and develop a bottom-up methodology for humanitarian innovation which can be used in practice.

Anaïde speaks with Louise and Alexander about the processes of refugee innovation and the opportunities and impediments in developing “bottom up innovations”. They also explore lessons that can be drawn from specific refugee contexts, and how the current humanitarian system be re-imagined to enable and support innovation.


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