Submit your Humanitarian Innovation here!

This page contains the selection criteria, selection process and terms & conditions for the DCHI Humanitarian Innovation Award 2019.

Thanks for considering to submit your humanitarian innovation! Here you can read about: All the deadlines you need to know, the Terms and Conditions, the selection process and all judgement criteria. Apply by clicking on the application button below and fill out the form! Deadline: August 30, 23:59h (CEST).



  • August 30th – Call for humanitarian innovations closed
    Entries for The DCHI Award for ‘Best Humanitarian Innovation’ 2019 close on Friday August 30th, 23:59h Amsterdam Time.
  • September 9th –The shortlisted entries will be announced
    On September 9th, the jury will select nominees based on all the received application forms. The jury will focus on the criteria listed below.
  • September 26th  – The Pitch
    The innovators of the shortlisted applications pitch their projects to our jury.
  • October 11th –The Winner is Announced
    At the Partos Innovation Festival 2019 the winner of the Best Humanitarian Innovation Award will be announced, along with the winners of the other Spindle Awards.

Judging Criteria
While selecting the best humanitarian innovation, the jury focuses on the following criteria:

  1. Thematic focus: The innovation has to fit in the field of humanitarian aid. It furthermore creates an impact on one or more of the DCHI initiatives of this year: Safety and Protection and Access to Modern Energy
  2. A Clear Problem: The innovation contributes to the solution of a clear and well-defined problem in humanitarian aid.
  3. Originality: Does your innovation provide a distinctive, new solution to a Humanitarian issue or a Humanitarian development cooperation need?
  4. Impact: How big is the impact you can (potentially) create with your innovation?
  5. Involvement: How is the (local) target group involved in the innovation?
  6. Sustainability: How (financially) sustainable is your innovation?
  7. Scalability: How and to which extent can you scale it up?
  8. Appealing: Can you make people enthusiastic about your innovation?
  9. Partner: You are already connected to partners (preferably one humanitarian organization and one private partner) who are committed to contribute to the innovation. One of the organizations involved has a strong link to the Netherlands.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are already selected in the shortlist (the top 10) of The Spindle Award for Best Innovation for Development, you will automatically be disqualified from the shortlisting of the DCHI Award for Best Humanitarian Innovation.

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