Through networks and partnerships with global actors, the KRCS innovation unit has hosted trainings for staff across different departments on satellite imagery and the use of drones for humanitarian activities.
The intention of the trainings is to build capacity to improve service delivery in emergency response and preparedness.
An urban resilience hackathon in partnership with the KRCS Disaster Risk Management department and the Policy department, supported by the Danish Red Cross was held in April 2019.
A hackathon in partnership with TechFugees sought to find solutions to the challenges in refugee camps. The winning solution will be piloted in Kalobeyei Refugee Camp managed by the KRCS.
Through the partnership with Airbus Foundation, the KRCS are piloting water purification units using non thermal plasma to eliminate 100% of the bacteria in contaminated water.
These units are being piloted in informal settlements in Nairobi.
The Innovation unit is currently implementing two projects on Digital Identity under two separate partnerships: one with British Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), while the other with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
With GSMA, the Netherlands Red Cross 510 team has designed a 121 system that stores beneficiary data and is controlled by the beneficiary, to ensure vulnerable community members are equally attended due during disasters with Cash Transfer, but also for those without National IDs.
The future looks exciting and busy for the innovation unit! Between establishing an Innovation Fab Lab in Lamu to ideation spaces in Nairobi and Mombasa, we are looking forward to engaging with youth and local innovators to codesign social impact solutions.
We’re happy to have partnered with Swahili Pot Hub in Mombasa County to organize Pwani Innovation Week in December 2019 where the KRCS hosted a hackathon on urban hygiene and sanitation.
A communication workshop with staff from the Innovation Unit and the Communication department was facilitated by the Airbus Foundation and Ketchum UK to understand the communication plan for the soon to be launched Lamu Innovation lab. Ketchum UK Partner, Insight and Strategy Director, Ruth Yearley and International Director Airbus Foundation, Hania Tabet inspired Kenya Red Cross staff during the Positioning and Communication Workshop organized by ICHA.
The innovation team together with the Urban Resilience Project team also contributed to a design workshop on waste management in Mukuru, facilitated by the Quercus Group organized by Danish Red Cross. The outcome of this project was a well designed and thought out waste management project in Mukuru which was submitted for the next phase in the Danish RC innovation pool fund.
Under Pwani Innovation week, the 3 final teams out of 20 submissions presented their final pitches in front of a panel of judges on the 4th of December. The winning solution was identified as the Sover team's, an IOT solution that detects overflow of sewage water lines. The winning solution will be implemented within the Jomvu sub- county under the existing Health Project in 2020 and set to complement existing KRCS efforts in the area to reduce cholera outbreaks.