Originally posted 8 September, 2015 on the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) website

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In light of the annual World Humanitarian Day on August 19th, ATHA has launched a special “Innovation Series”. This is a series of short podcast discussions with professionals and experts on areas of innovative thinking and development in the humanitarian sector.

In this episode, ATHA’s Anaide Nahikian speaks with Stuart Campo, Innovation Deployment Specialist with UNICEF’s Global Innovation Center.

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Stuart leads remote and in-country support for UNICEF and partners in the adaptation and deployment of innovative solutions – for example, RapidFTR, RapidPro, and U-Report. Since joining UNICEF in 2010, Stuart has worked in Madagascar and South Sudan, and supported the design and activation of “innovation initiatives” in over 25 countries.

Anaide spoke with Stuart about UNICEF’s global initiatives to build and scale up innovations that improve the lives of children and their families, common misconceptions about innovation in the humanitarian sector, how agencies can support and encourage innovation among beneficiary populations, and what humanitarians can we learn from other fields of innovation.