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Can Festivals Help To Improve Humanitarian Assistance?

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14:15 - 14:45
DeLaMar Theater (D5 Panel Room) | Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam

In the past 10 years, the number of people affected by humanitarian crises have almost doubled whilst the cost of humanitarian assistance has tripled. Within the humanitarian sector it is acknowledged that innovation is needed in order to unlock new, more effective ways of delivering assistance to those who need it most.

For the past 18 months, innovation platform Open-House and the Netherlands Red Cross have worked together on a pilot project to identify new ways to bring humanitarian assistance. Although seemingly worlds apart, this pilot has shown that festivals can offer a safe and accessible testing ground for humanitarian innovation. A successful demonstration was held at Mysteryland last summer and, thanks to our collaboration, a solar energy unit was deployed during the Irma response in Sint Maarten.

In this interview, Duncan Stutterheim, founder of ID&T and chairman of the board of Open-House, and Juriaan Lahr, Director of International Operations at The Netherlands Red Cross, will discuss how we can further explore humanitarian innovation in a festival context and what is needed to bring this to scale.

Duncan Stutterheim (ID&T, NL)

Juriaan Lahr (Netherlands Red Cross, NL)
Head of International Assistance

Interviewer: Esther van Rijswijk (NL)

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