Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is the world’s leading independent international medical relief organization, implementing and managing medical projects in close to 72 countries worldwide and as a worldwide movement of 33 offices and associations.
In 2010, they decided that they would take advantage of the talent of their members and the relatively flat structure of their organization by initiating an innovation unit with dedicated resources to capture and develop innovative ideas across all levels and domains. A few years later, they created a dedicated platform was set to share these ideas but had limited success in creating strong interaction between members. In 2017, a more dynamic and user-friendly platform was set-up where people could share ideas, debate their values and develop them into solutions for everyone at MSF. Crowdsourcing became a way of democratizing innovation without losing focus on saving lives.
“Campaigns, in addition to solving problems, are an excellent way of communicating achievements and improving awareness on challenges faced by the organization.”
– Abiy Tamrat, Medical Technologies Coordinator and Innovation Lead at Médecins Sans Frontières