The Minister for International Development and the Pacific today met with the ten finalists of the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge.

The $2 million Challenge, launched by Foreign Minister Bishop last year, is generating new, innovative ideas for how Australia can better support our Pacific neighbours during times of crisis.

Australia’s humanitarian assistance is critical to preparing for and responding to natural disasters in our region. The Government is committed to ensuring this assistance is delivered effectively and efficiently.

“This initiative is a good example of how the Government is partnering with the private sector, civil society, entrepreneurs and academia to improve the way we deliver aid,” Minister Fierravanti-Wells said. 

The finalists’ ideas aim to bolster communications during disasters, improve logistics to reach remote locations, and build financial resilience to help communities recover from crises.

“By harnessing the expertise and experience of these finalists, and by taking advantage of new technologies, Australia can provide more targeted and effective humanitarian assistance,” the Minister said. 

The Minister today launched the ‘design sprint’ part of the Challenge, where finalists will take part in an intensive design competition to refine their ideas. The winners will be announced before the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.

For more information about the Challenge please visit the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge website or DFAT’s innovationXchange

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