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Since the publication of the ALNAP study on innovation in international humanitarian action in 2009, innovation has emerged as a central vehicle for change in the humanitarian sector. As the field of humanitarian innovation expands and matures, there is an increasingly vocal expectation that " now is the time to deliver. " Navigating optimistic claims about the role and relevance of humanitarian innovation as a vehicle of change—and the reverse inclination to dismiss humanitarian innovation as a neoliberal hype—this review article sets out to get a better sense of the expectations concerning humanitarian innovation as a theory of change: exactly what do actors in the humanitarian sector expect innovation to deliver, how, and why does it matter?
Sandvik, K. B. (2017). Now is the time to deliver: looking for humanitarian innovation’s theory of change. Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41018-017-0023-2