Needs, Preferences, and Recommendations of Charity Executives and Experts
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Humanitarian actors in Qatar have understood the many benefits that technological and process innovations could generate for the benefit of all. Results from the survey of charity executives and experts show a preference for the HIL specializing in certain sectors (chiefly education, health and water, but also relief, shelter and sustainable development), though with an open approach towards working on other requested projects from charities. The HIL should also partner with specialised research institutions in Qatar to create synergies, eventually co-create innovative solutions and serve as a clearing house to highlight the most relevant humanitarian innovations. Most survey respondents suggested that the lab should have a large degree of autonomy but be hosted under a university - or group of universities -, which could provide administrative and in-kind support such as office space and laboratory facilities. Most survey respondents also suggested that charities should be involved in funding the HIL at some level. Representatives from the government on the other hand, favoured that the lab seek essentially non-public finances. Charities could contribute a share of the funding (to be defined) and/or in-kind resources needed for projects that are of special interest to them. Though not mentioned by respondents, research grants and special UN funding and support are available. For guidance and strategic direction, the survey results suggest an advisory board composed of representatives from charities in Qatar as well as subject-matter experts and government representatives.
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