The Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation (DCHI) and the Dutch Surge Support (DSS) water programme call upon the humanitarian sector to leverage the innovation capacity from private partners. On the occasion of the 25th Global WASH Cluster Annual Meeting, DSS water and DCHI launched a Call to Action to explore innovative partnership models and stimulate collaboration between international humanitarian organisations and private actors with the common goal to realize more qualitative and sustainable solutions in the humanitarian WASH sector.

Private sector involvement can offer benefits for both private actors and international humanitarian organisations. Benefits may include, among others, sustainability of aid, cost-effectiveness, durability, corporate social responsibility and the integration of specialists within the humanitarian sector. For private partners, this Call to Action offers an opportunity to engage in humanitarian response operations.

In the coming months, DCHI and DSS water will facilitate the first stage of the Call to Action which will consist of 3-4 workshops that will guide the innovative process of:

  1. reframing the question, barriers and opportunities;
  2. finding the right partners;
  3. co-creating and testing in real life situations.

Thus far, fifteen actors from the private and the humanitarian sector have indicated their interest in these workshops.

To subscribe your organisation to these workshops, please contact us by May 1st 2021 by sending an email to