Writing (Professional)

For a Practitioner audience

The single most important piece I’ve written on humanitarianism is my 2018 analysis of Network Humanitarianism for the Overseas Development Institute. It diagnoses some of the problems facing the humanitarian aid industry, and describes a possible solution to those problems that is presently taking shape.

The overarching theme of my work has been the impact of technology on humanitarian aid. I started working on information management, and was then somehow pulled into innovation more broadly. My most recent interests are urban response, digital identity, and financial technology.

Identity at the Margins: Identification Systems for Refugees (2018, Caribou Digital).

The Refugee Identity (2018, Caribou Digital)

The Future of Cash (2018, CALP Panel)

The life and death of an innovation lab: a personal reflection (2016, ODI)

Blockchain for humanitarian decision making: a risk analysis (2016, Start Network)

Tales of the City (2016, Urban Humanitarian Response Portal)

Rapid Humanitarian Assessment in Urban Settings (2015, ACAPS)

Humanitarian Needs Assessment: the Good Enough Guide (2014, ACAPS)

Strength in Numbers: A Review of NGO Coordination in the Field (2010, ICVA)

Information and communication technology for peace: the role of ICT in preventing, responding to and recovering from conflict (2005, UN ICT Task Force)

For a General Audience

How do we get there from here? The Futures of Humanitarianism (2016, self-published)

Beating Hindsight: Forecasting for Humanitarian Planning and Preparedness (2016, self-published)

Aidcoin: A Revolution in Humanitarian Financing (2015, self-published)


The humanitarian future: can humanitarian agencies still fly the flag of high principle, or are they just relics of an imperial model of charity?” (September 2014)

The Guardian

The aid system is broken – how can we fix it?” (January 2016)

Blame capitalism, not corrupt aid, for fat cat charity chiefs” (January 2017)

The world is stuck in the past, Hans Rosling showed us the way forward” (February 2017)

The Broker

De-Ossification Strategies (December 2011)

The New Humanitarian

Refugees Deeply