The IHRA 2021 Inspiration Forum introduced innovations in humanitarian and development aid
December 6, 2021 News

The IHRA 2021 Inspiration Forum introduced innovations in humanitarian and development aid

On Wednesday, 10 November, the first IHRA Inspiration Forum took place at the Spojka in Karlin. Experts from NGOs and the private sector came together to discuss innovations that help address current development challenges. The event was created as part of the Labyrinth 2030 project and organized by Caritas Czech Republic together with the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation FoRs.

Examples of good practice and networking with potential partners

The cooperation of non-profit organisations with private sector companies is bringing about major positive changes and it is therefore not surprising that such partnerships are becoming more and more frequent. The first ever IHRA Inspiration Forum focused on the joint efforts of the non-profit sector and private companies. 

For example, the forum showcased the workings of Scase, an innovative Slovakian device that Caritas Czech Republic is using in Georgia to introduce telemedicine and thus facilitate access to healthcare for people in remote rural regions. In Zambia, a mobile app developed by Big Terra is helping Zambian farmers better resist climate change. These and other examples of good practice from forum participants showed how well the non-profit and private sectors are working together to tackle the pressing issues of our time. 

Slovak innovative tool Scase

The Inspiration Forum programme was opened by Eva Lacinova, Innovation Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme. This was followed by a panel discussion with academics and representatives from the NGO and business sectors. Jiří Škvor accepted the invitation on behalf of Caritas the Czech Republic, the non-profit sector was moreover represented by Marek Štys from People in Need and the Rector of Mendel University Danuše Neradová also participated. Ivan Lukáš (DOT Glasses) and Zdeněk Železný (Development Alliance, Geotest) spoke on behalf of the private sector. Moderation of the session was done by Tomáš Jungwirth.

There was also space for informal networking and we firmly believe that the contacts made will lead to future successful cooperation. We thank all guests for their participation and thanks to the positive feedback we plan to repeat the event. 

Global Development Education in Caritas Czech Republic

The aim of global education is to show how the whole world is connected and how one small event in one part of the Earth can lead to a chain reaction in all other parts of our planet. The global education team at Caritas Czech Republic focuses on globalisation, human rights, discrimination or other global issues, and organises lectures, panel discussions or educational seminars with experts. The Labyrinth 2030 project focuses on global responsibility and aims to engage young people in the discussion on issues of foreign development cooperation.