The Hub is a joint initiative between CARE Denmark and WFP. By effectively collaborating, we can tackle shared problems articulated by affected populations, utilize funding more efficiently, and to better influence core stakeholders. FP brings deep-field access, a network of cooperating partners, and strong expertise in humanitarian assistance, logistics livelihood, and food systems. With this, we are able to effectively partner in Eastern Africa with other UN agencies, NGOs, start-ups, and private sector companies to accelerate forward-looking innovative projects that disrupt hunger. CARE Denmark equally brings strong connections to communities, networks of like-minded partners, and strong expertise in innovation, climate, and humanitarian assistance.
The Hub has a unique opportunity to position itself as an activator of collaborative networks to work together towards sustainable systems level change. The Hub will endeavor to design its innovation challenges in a way that maps the current state of a food system problem and co-designs solutions with identified stakeholders. This makes strategic sense given the direction of WFP’s integrated programming and the ability to leverage multiple levers of change simultaneously to generate lasting impact.
Our activities are aligned towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and we support external innovators and internal innovations to define their approach to environmental and social responsibility. This differentiates us from other innovation incubators in the region that do not have a focus on environmental and social responsibility and/or align activities to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Hub’s geographical footprint spans across 10 countries within which WFP has a deep field presence. Of these countries CARE is also present in Uganda, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Ultimately, as first movers into certain countries, there is heightened risk of failure with limited existing innovation networks and implementing partners to work with as well as more idea-stage innovations. A key question throughout is whether innovation challenges carry value in a crisis or protracted crisis setting.
At the same time, the Hub can take greater risk than other investors / innovation incubators as it is funded by public money and foundations who do not expect a return on investment. The Hub thus acts as a catalyst to attract further investment into promising innovations that have been identified.