Humanitarian Centre reports on Cambridge international development innovation


The Humanitarian Centre is currently producing a 2010 Cambridge Development Report, based upon Cambridge innovation in humanitarian action. The Centre is keen to hear from those in Cambridge who would like to contribute case studies to include in the report.

From academic research to social enterprises, many ideas originating in Cambridge have gone on to have a significant impact on reducing suffering and poverty in the developing world. The Humanitarian Centre exists to support the Cambridge international development community, and helps to maximise the impact that they make worldwide. Starting in 2010, The Humanitarian Centre will be producing a series of annual Cambridge Development Reports focusing on various aspects of international development locally, with the first theme being Cambridge innovation in humanitarian action.

The Report will be used in a number of ways. It will document and highlight the activities within Cambridge that are having an impact on development, and facilitate the networking of individuals and organisations within Cambridge, leading to the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and to new collaborations. As an educational document, it will inform and inspire individuals and organisations. Furthermore there is potential for it to be a catalyst for further innovative ideas and actions to be produced in Cambridge.

The 2010 Report will be written by Steve Jones (Meta-Development LLP), a Trustee of the Humanitarian Centre, who is an organisational development and management specialist with over 25 years’ experience of work on rural development programmes in Africa, Asia, the former Soviet republics, the Caribbean and South
Pacific. Steve will be supported by an editorial board composed of Bhaskar Vira (Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge), Charlotte Sankey (Creative Warehouse), and Tim Minshall (Senior Lecturer in Technology Management, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge).

In Cambridge the report will be a valuable tool – for researchers, students, NGOs, individuals with ideas and local business and social enterprise. It will also be distributed more widely across the UK – for other non-governmental organisations, social enterprises, policy-makers and funders.

The official launch of the Report is due in October / November 2010 at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The Report will be around 24 pages in length and it is estimated that 5,000 copies will be produced. The launch event will be attended by local development organisations, University of Cambridge academics and students, members of the Cambridge business and social enterprise community, media and local dignitaries. The report will be high-profile, and widely distributed both within Cambridge and beyond.

Innovation for humanitarian action is a rich theme for which many Cambridge case studies could be provided through social enterprises, consultant expertise, the private sector, academic research, and non-governmental organisations. So get in touch if you are working on a Cambridge project that is changing the lives of poor people around the world, and you would like to contribute a case study to the 2010 Cambridge Development Report.

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