A lot of things have yet to be (un)covered about MSF. Another way to start your journey with MSF is to check out for events, read reports and articles:
Research their blog and you will realise that they have 143 results for the keyword “designer”.
Yes. MSF has global strategies to innovate in humanitarianism, health, and logistic: DNDi, CRASH, ACCESS are just concrete examples of large scale innovations.
But those 143 articles are probably more about tiny individual collaborations between one independent MSF Section and one stakeholder such as a design consultant, a design agency, an employee, an intern, a school, a company, … Indeed, it’s generally difficult for NGOs to allocate funds, received from donations, to experiment.
It’s a matter of finding the right MSF employee with the right mindset, at the right momentum, and to propose the right project that fits MSF’s goals or answers MSF’s challenges… And that is maybe the most difficult part of it. But it does happen, for example with design agencies such as Namahn in Brussels or Hetco Design in London to name the ones we know and appreciate.
One of the challenges that NGOs want to improve is “coordination”. More and more, NGOs are creating networks and organising events to learn from each other, doing cost-efficient innovation, and coordinate their response better.
For example, MSF UK organises the yearly MSF Scientific Days focusing on research and innovation from across MSF. The next one will take place online from 18 to 20 May 2021. This event is a great initiative to share innovative projects and methods across the independent MSF Sections. It improves their awareness of the Movement and allows them to share and potentially replicate innovative methods.
On a last minute update, fresh from the MSF Sweden Innovation Unit‘s newsletter, here is the just-released report called “MSF Innovation – Round up 2020” which is another great initiative to improve global coordination.
While this conclusion was more an introduction to start your own research, you can also contact us and join our community to get more information.