Humanitarian innovation, technology and cash assistance in Lebanon
Organiser(s): Glenda Garelli, Nadine Hassouneh

The drive towards humanitarian innovation has been in the forefront of the global humanitarian agenda for the past decade. A prominent example of this drive is the promotion of humanitarian assistance through cash as opposed to in-kind, which led to the adoption of technology not only in search for efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability, but also in aspiration for organizational survival. Where the dominant explanation for this donor-led drive is closing the funding gap by giving better not giving more, its adoption by implementers seems to fall in line with the “innovate or die” slogan. Yet, this merger between the mostly privately-led technological innovation and humanitarian programming is subjected to sector- and context-specific challenges. Taking Lebanon as a prototype of huma ..
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