Together with our partners, we identify promising solutions that have the potential to be applied in the field and support their acceleration by working with them to bring them to pre-investment stage.
Identifying and measuring impact, in line with SDGs, aligns solutions to capital risk appetite. This enables access to new funding sources, while aggregating the demand among humanitarian actors.
By bringing solutions to scale, this may also benefit production processes, creating economies of scale and reaching a real impact in favour of affected populations
Our mission is to ensure a totally bottom-up driven demand model supported by scaleable, flexible and sustainable financial solutions.
We have a network of experts from the financial, impact investment, and humanitarian sectors, and GHL acts as a research hub, to create a flexible model that could serve humanitarian actors in the field and complement the efforts of humanitarian agencies, introducing non-traditional players.
The main focus is to engage private sector and professional investors. New Fintech products focus on ROI and SROI for both traditional products and new philanthropic venture capital markets.
We are developing an Opportunities Protocol to capture, process and align ideas, prototypes and start ups. Working together with our partners, any identified solutions will be brought to scale.
We are currently working on a Leasing Tool, allowing the securitisation of risk and aligning repayment schedules with budget cycles of the user. The best scenario is relating to the 3 year budget cycle of most agencies will ultimately result in the full costs of product being available, with the leasing tool providing the initial upfront capital needed to purchase a particular product.
We will create a matrix solution, matching risk appetite with different products and business partners. We are marketing this product to a variety of commercial Impact Investors.
Scaling the Better Shelter solution
GHL is working across the humanitarian sector to ensure sustained demand for the Better Shelter, a modular post-emergency shelter solution, developed in partnership between UNHCR, Better Shelter, and the IKEA Foundation. This sustainability is essential as the Better Shelter solution is the result of a compromise between price, weight, durability, modularity, safety, fire resistance, flat packing, and production volume. This latter requires a minimum annual production of 30,000 units to maintain a price point of $1,250 per unit.
Mobile Health Program
Digital health is an extremely promising area of innovation, with the potential to transform the delivery of healthcare in developing countries. While numerous initiatives in the digital space have emerged recently, many challenges undermine efforts to design and scale the use of digital tools in those settings.
GHL is facilitating a collaboration between Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Terre des Hommes (Tdh) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to find innovative solutions, enhance their health e-diagnostic tools, and identify common risk factors, mitigating measures and guidelines for humanitarian organisations.
The collaboration also aims to establishes common platforms for implementation, thereby increasing the capacity for global scale-up.
More details are available in this pdf paper.