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July 2019

The Transformational Investment Capacity (TIC) is now in its third year of operation. Bringing valuable internal and external perspectives, the TIC Selection Committee, with support from the TIC Secretariat, has approved 48 projects to date from 5 MSF Operational Centres and 12 Partner Sections. Of the approved projects, 10 projects have been completed and 8 have transitioned to Phase 2 Scale-Up. All approved projects are accompanied by the TIC and include regular 6-month project status reviews.

In May and June, the TIC Selection Committee met to evaluate 15 proposals, conduct status reviews for 18 approved projects, and vet 5 completion reports for recently completed projects or project phases.

This year, we are focusing on accompanying projects going to scale, accelerating the impact of projects, and extending our reach to better enable MSF field staff to engage in transformation.

Recently Approved TIC Projects

We are pleased to share that the following new projects were approved in May and June:

Human Resources, Learning, and Development

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MSF Academy Phase 3 (large-scale sponsored by OCB and supported by OCBA) improves clinical and public health competencies for MSF health care providers by offering bedside and blended training through accredited programs established in partnership with universities and professional schools. The project will now include two new degree programs in partnership with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (MSc in Medical Humanitarian Action) and Stellenbosch University (Post-Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases).

People Analytics Phase 2 (incubator sponsored by MSF-USA) will scale up the current HR pipeline tool to improve field worker retention and develop qualitative methods for analyzing underlying factors that impact staffing. The tool will contribute to addressing staffing gaps in MSF programs and strengthening HR planning and decision-making.

People Respect and Value Phase 2 (large-scale sponsored by OCA and OCG and supported by MSF-Canada, MSF-Southern Africa, MSF-Sweden, MSF-UK, and MSF-USA) will address MSF’s structural barriers to inclusion by creating a repository of knowledge/best practices across the movement and fostering an inclusive, fair, and diverse environment that strengthens MSF’s social mission.

Board Governance Strengthening (incubator sponsored by MSF-Greece) will strengthen MSF’s board capacity and governance by developing a toolbox with e-learning tools, an interactive website, an online repository, and a support network of board members/consultants.

Operations Improvements and Technology


Solar Production of Medical Oxygen (incubator sponsored by OCBA) will design and install a system that harnesses solar power to produce, store, and deliver low-pressure, medical-grade oxygen in health facilities. This will lead to improved quality of care for patients, reduced carbon footprint, and cost savings.

New Approaches for Addressing Extreme and Recurrent Violence (incubator sponsored by OCBA) will adapt new patient-centered approaches to local contexts, individuals, and communities suffering from the cumulative effects of exposure to extreme and recurrent violence.

Efficiency Gains


Improving Sourcing from Outside Europe (incubator sponsored by MSF-Japan) will explore the Asian market for supply chain sourcing in countries closer to our missions and identify new procurement sources to ensure sustainable supply and achieve cost savings.

Distribution Support to Develop Dubai Platform (incubator sponsored by OCP) will develop Dubai’s role as a regional and international distribution centre to offer advanced stocks and cross-docking and enable faster delivery of life-saving medical supplies to MSF missions, especially in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Iraq.

Travel Rationalization (incubator sponsored by MSF-Germany) will investigate and recommend a solution to reduce costs and alleviate the administrative burden in addressing MSF’s global travel management needs.

Vehicle Fleet Management Analysis (incubator sponsored by OCP) will provide a thorough analysis of MSF’s current fleet management in specific countries and will develop clear recommendations of alternative models and best practices to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of MSF’s fleet management.


Innovation Portal Phase 2 (incubator sponsored by MSF-UK) will create an enabling environment that facilitates the sharing of ideas, insights, and tools where field challenges can be harnessed into solutions based on shared principles of innovation.

TIC @ MSF Scientific Days in London

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On May 9th and 10th, hundreds of MSFers as well as members of academic institutions and other NGOs gathered in London, UK and thousands joined online for MSF Scientific Days, a conference aimed at sharing research and innovation from our field programs across the globe. Key themes this year included fighting drug resistance in infectious diseases; driving innovation in social engagement with target populations; ensuring a people-first approach in technology innovations; understanding the impact of climate change on planetary health; and prioritizing health and dignity for mothers and children in humanitarian contexts.

We are pleased to share that several TIC projects were showcased during the conference including Innovative Approaches for Malaria Vector Control, People Analytics, Mini-Lab, Environmental Impact Toolkit, Solar AC, and TEMBO.

If you missed this high-impact conference coordinated by our colleagues at MSF-UK, you can access the posters and presentations here!