Somali Response Innovation Lab

The Somali Response Innovation Lab (SomRIL) is an interagency partnership which seeks to create and apply effective innovations to enhance the impact of humanitarian and development interventions to improve the resilience of the Somali people. 

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Who we work with

SomRIL is hosted under the Somali Resilience Program (SomReP), a consortium of seven NGOs – World Vision, Action Against Hunger, ADRA, Care, COOPI, Danish Refugee Council and Oxfam. SomRIL works with many other organisations such as George Washington University and Benadir University’s Somali Disaster Resilience Institute (SDRI). With bases in Mogadishu and Nairobi, it brings together a range of different actors working on significantly better outcomes for Somalis.

SomRiL innovation support mechanism

  1. Convenes –a coordination and collaboration function.
  2. MatchMaker – a process to receive humanitarian challenges and help identifying innovative solutions that are already proven elsewhere
  3. Support – provision of support to trail and test new and innovative programs in country. SomRIL also builds and connects communities of innovators in-country wherever they are. 


The Innovation Ecosystem Mapping Report

The Response Innovations for Somalia Emergencies (RISE) program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) seeks to improve how humanitarian stakeholders prepare for and respond to disasters in Somalia. The report presents the findings from the RISE innovation ecosystem mapping study which seeks to provide a more comprehensive understanding
of the key actors, factors and relationships within Somalia’s humanitarian innovation sector. Specifically, the study identifies needs, opportunities, and gaps in the existing ecosystem as well as potential barriers to and drivers of a successful, thriving innovation ecosystem. RISE-Ecosystem-Mapping-Report

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