Think like a for-profit, act like a non-profit.

We are planning a 2 day leadership training on business model generation and value proposition design for spring 2019. Share your interest in participating below.

Whether you work for a for profit or not for profit enterprise, if you want to achieve impact, you may be facing some of these questions:

• Are you concerned about being able to deliver impact next year and beyond?
• Are you having trouble getting sustainable funding/revenues?
• Do you know how to measure your performance/success?
• Is your (social) enterprise future proof?
• Is your business model sustainable?
• Do you think you might need to reinvent your organisation?

Social and commercial business models are colliding. Not for profits are becoming more business-like and commercial enterprise is becoming more socially conscious. But are our current business models fit for the future? Do we need to find new ways of matching funding and capital to social impact? What can we do at the enterprise level?

Share your interest here:

We were delighted to host the International Organisation and NGO Reception alongside the Municipality of The Hague on January 29.

The Hague hosts more than 200 international organisations and NGOs, as well as many impact-driven social enterprises, innovative start-ups and knowledge institutes. It was great to see many of these represented in the Humanity Hub, and allow them the opportunity to share their expertise and insights with one another.

We believe that strengthening connections will increase impact. This year’s reception highlighted the diversity of the Hague community and offered opportunities for new connections.

So who was there? And what are they working on?

During the event participants were asked what Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they’re currently working on. Among the 200 participants, calling from 130 different organisations such as Amnesty International, UNICEF and Defence for Children, all 17 SDGs were represented. From reducing inequality and poverty, climate action to zero-hunger, organisations based in The Hague are addressing a lot more issues than the themes of peace and justice (SDG16) traditionally associated with the city. Beyond the City of Peace and Justice, the Hague could very well claim the title of City of Impact.

To little surprise, perhaps, most participants had one thing in common when it came to what the biggest barrier was to their respective organisations: funding.

The Humanity Hub is already tackling this issue with its Business Model Transformation track, aiming to enable NGOs and other impact-driven organisations to reinvent their business models and explore new approaches to remain sustainable and impactful. Still, funding wasn’t the only challenge to be raised…

The International Organisation and NGO Reception has helped provide better insight into the current climate that these organisations are innovating within, as well as setting the stage for the environment that they wish to create.

About the workshops

The event also included workshops in order to showcase and inspire all the current innovations progressing in our community and beyond.

Data Security and Cyber Protection for NGOs (Karama, X-Systems, Justice and Peace, and

Members of NGOs have large amounts of valuable information on their personal devices, ranging from contact details of members of parliament, diplomatic staff, to future policy documents, lobby documents and so on. However, it is widely common for NGOs to not be properly protected against cyber attacks, therefore turning them into the main target of hacks to their systems. The goal of this workshop was to inform the NGOs in The Hague about the possibilities to improve their digital security and to protect their partners abroad.

How can SMEs and NGOs collaborate to realize the SDGs? (Oxfam Novib, Twynstra Gudde, and ImpactCity)

This workshop discussed the questions of ‘How can small medium enterprises (SME’s) contribute to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals?’ ‘How can NGO’s and SME’s work together to make (local) impact?’

Digital Learning Innovations (Centre for Innovation, Leiden University)

The Centre for Innovation explored the current digital trends in knowledge-sharing and how they impact innovative organisations, using this as a springboard to see how these insights can turn this on its head, and help organisations create impact.

Business Model Transformation for NGOs (InnoPlot and Humanity Hub)

Social and commercial business models are colliding. Not for profits are becoming more business-like and commercial enterprise is becoming more socially conscious. But are our current business models fit for the future? Do we need to find new ways of matching funding and capital to social impact? Innoplot and the Humanity Hub challenged all of their participants to reinvent/rebrand/regroup their organisations to meet the current challenges

Photos from the event

Link to complete photo album

It was an honour to host the Annual Dutch Ambassadors Reception on January 27. Over 300 diplomats from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs were able to talk to our members about their innovative solutions to global challenges in peace, justice & humanitarian action.

We set up a marketplace of ideas giving our member organisations a platform to network and showcase their work. It was great to present the diversity of expertise and be able to create an environment that merged these ideas with those on the frontlines of Dutch international diplomacy.  


The Data Science Initiative answer the question, just how powerful is technology for good?

The ‘Hackathon for Good’ (17th and 18th of November, at the Hague Tech) was a two-day interactive showcase of the power of IT and technology, particularly exemplifying the impact that technology can have for peace, justice and humanitarian action.

The event was a huge success. There were 27 teams consisting of more than 125 tech wizards, hailing from over 22 different nationalities across the globe; every one of them motivated to challenge themselves, and make a meaningful difference for peace, justice and security. They worked tirelessly over the weekend to try and find innovative data solutions for problems ranging from humanitarian disasters, to fake news. Each of the challenges were set by some of the biggest organisations in data and crisis management, including the Red Cross, NATO’s communication and information agency, NCIA, and the International Criminal Court.

This was the first open event coordinated by the Data Science Initiative, an organisation made up of tech experts from institutions all over The Hague. The DSI aims to innovate the way in which we use big data and artificial intelligence, using the power of technology to promote and uphold peace, justice and security on a global scale.

This event demonstrated how impactful this innovative way of using data is, exceeding even the DSI’s expectations. The winners, Monkey Code were able to use data from satellites and social media to not only identify areas susceptible to land grabbing, but come up with a solution that could be utilised by end users.


The Humanity Hub’s member Rutger Hoftse, from the World Resource Institute and part of the team PWC2, won the challenge set by the Red Cross and came third in the competition overall. They were able to innovate solutions to help with disaster relief efforts, using data to map vulnerable areas and improve the efficiency of response teams. For the Red Cross, this solution could help them save more lives in areas affected by natural disasters and conflicts. Rutger’s team efforts landed them a cash prize of €2500. Speaking of the day, Rutger was quick to compliment the Hackathon; “the Hackathon was extremely well organised and my team was wonderful. We had complimentary skill sets!”

Here at the Humanity Hub we have been incredibly impressed with this event and the work DSI are doing. We can’t wait to see what they do in the future and help collaborate more successful projects!

Rutger himself has kindly let us interview him for our new blog post series Humans of The Hub! Check out the post here



On the 10th of September, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) visited the Hague Humanity Hub.

The delegation was consisted of the Executive Director of UNITAR Mr. Nikhil Seth, the Director of the Division for Peace Mr. Evariste Karambizi as well as Ms. Emma Sajben and Ms. Margreet van der Pijl from the Peacekeeping Training Program. We engaged in fruitful conversations and explored possibilities on collaboration and joint efforts. More than 19 member organizations of the Hague Humanity Hub community participated in this open dialogue and provided expertise from diverse sectors. We are looking forward to future engagement with actors that want to accelerate innovation in Peace, justice and Humanitarian Action and events like this one for our community of innovators.



For over 40 years, Crime Stoppers International (CSI), the global authority on anonymous reporting and member of the Humanity Hub, has been administering safe reporting platforms which empower communities around the world to take an active role in assisting law enforcement solve and prevent crime.

Cumulatively, over 1 million criminals have been arrested and in excess of US$10 billion worth of illicit and stolen products have been seized by law enforcement as a direct result of information provided to affiliated Crime Stoppers chapters around the world.

For CSI to advance its mission and to lend its direct support to the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16, the CSI Governing Board CSI will ratify a declaration, to be known as The Hague Accord, on 31 October 2018 at the 39th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference, in The Hague, The Netherlands – fittingly, the internationally recognised city of peace and justice.

The Hague Accord is a series of actions that Crime Stoppers International (CSI) will undertake to promulgate the concept of anonymous reporting worldwide, especially targeting transnational organized crime.  The effort needed to combat transnational organized crime through anonymous reporting networks requires a coordinated global response.  In order to help in this struggle, CSI seeks to raise its profile and obtain the backing of law enforcement, governments, academia, business, media and civil society.

CSI hereby calls on governments, law enforcement, academia, media, major corporations and businesses, and the not-for-profit sector, who share a desire to see citizens empowered to genuinely help solve and prevent crime in their communities, to become a signatory to The Hague Accord.

Agencies and organizations interested in being signatories to The Hague Accord are asked to express such by sending an email to  no later than 11.59pm CET on October 29th 2018.



We are looking for a creative marketing and communications specialist who knows how to get visible, attract the right target groups, and build community spirit.

Deadline: 6 April 2018

Type: Full-time, 32 hours
Location: The Hague
Duration: 6 months temporary contract with possibility of an extension
Start: 1 May 2018
Work Experience: 1-3 years

Grab the attention of the world and actively grow and engage our community of innovators in peace, justice, and humanitarian action!

  • Design and manage top-notch marketing and communication strategies for The Hague Humanity Hub
  • Manage, track, measure and analyze (and optimize!) multiple channels (social media, website, mailchimp, and eventbrite)
  • Create and share amazing content, in cooperation with our Hub members, to inform and engage our international ecosystem
  • Design and run marketing campaigns, online and offline, and at various events in The Hague
  • Event marketing to ensure relevant parties participate in our events
  • Manage all in-house communications, act as single point of contact for all communications activities for the Hub
  • Manage process of creating a new and interactive website
  • Manage relations with regional, national, and international press



  • HBO Marketing / Communication-related degree or demonstrable experience
  • Demonstrable affinity with peace, justice, and humanitarian action
  • Experience with maintaining Social Media channels and/or websites is a must
  • Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, video editing software, WordPress knowledge is an advantage
  • Experience in growing an audience through online channels
  • Commendable writing and editing skills (EN)
  • Working knowledge of Dutch language
  • An analytical mind and interest in using data to optimize/scale marketing and communications
  • Excellent organizational skills to work independently and manage projects
  • An eye for quality content
  • Proactive, enterprising, and flexible
  • Ability to handle pressure of deadlines
  • Flexible with working hours, when necessary
  • Love working with different organizations in a dynamic environment

What to expect?

  • Very international and energetic community of member organizations
  • Work directly with our members, from start-ups to major international organizations
  • Great atmosphere and informal and open culture
  • Plenty of room for new initiatives
  • Personal development by attending various workshops & events for free
  • Work in close cooperation with a small and dynamic team
  • Report to Managing Director and work closely with the Community Manager

Want to work with us? Apply Now!

Send your CV and Cover Letter to Selma Rooseboom ( with ‘Creative Marketing and Communications Specialist’ in the subject line.


About The Hague Humanity Hub
The Hague Humanity Hub, based at the Fluwelen Burgwal in central The Hague, officially opened its doors on the 2nd of January 2018. The Hague Humanity Hub is a unique platform, where forward-thinking organizations and people are united by their drive to develop innovative solutions to today’s global challenges in peace, justice, and humanitarian action. Besides a professional workplace, the Hub offers access to an open and diverse community for innovation, co-creation, and knowledge exchange. Among its first members are UN OCHA center for humanitarian data, HiiL, Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation, HumanityX, and World Resources Institute. Within 3 months of opening, the Hub already has more than 25 members organizations.

During the Grand Opening, we handed out our very own magazine which features short profiles of some of our members and interviews with various experts in the field. You can read it here online (just give it a second to load…) or download it. Or stop by the Hub, have a coffee with someone, and pick up a printed copy!

The Hague Humanity Hub Foundation’s space is ready! Today it hosted the welcoming venue for  UNOCHA which was attended by over 200 people. This occasion was also the perfect opportunity for the freshly appointed Supervisory Board to have its first meeting in full.

Arjan Hehenkamp, ​​general director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 2011, and before that responsible for all field projects at MSF, brings in his knowledge of humanitarian crises to ensure that the innovations developed in the Hub really help solve the needs in the field. Arjan is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Warchild.

Evert Jaap Lugt is Managing Director at YES! Delft, an incubator for startups and befor that CEO of several tech companies. He will see to it that the innovations are entrepreneurial solid.

Mirjam de Bruijn is Professor of Contemporary History and Anthropology of Africa. Her research focuses on ‘The interrelationship between agency, marginality, mobility, communication and technology.’ She developed Voice4Thought, a platform that involves society in research. Mirjam will oversee the applicability of the developed knowledge.

Pallas Agterberg, Director of Strategy Alliander since 2008 and widely honored for her innovative way of thinking, will ensure that the strategy of the Hub fits in with the broader strategy of ‘The Hague, City of Peace and Justice’, and that cooperation between different actors takes place. Pallas is also on the board of the Groene Zaak and supervisory board of the Energy Bank.

The members of the proactive Supervisory Board are selected on the basis of their knowledge of development issues, Innovation and disruption, finance and property, and provide a solid network in Business, knowledge institutions and (semi-) public organizations. The members have a clear connection with the city of The Hague.

Vacature: algemeen directeur – bestuurder

The Hague Humanity Hub is een platform en internationale ontmoetingsplaats waar humanitaire en internationale organisaties, kennisinstellingen en het bedrijfsleven kunnen samenwerken om innovatie in te bevorderen. Met de oprichting van de Hub ondersteunt de stad Den Haag oplossingen voor mondiale humanitaire uitdagingen. HumanityX (Center for Innovation, Universiteit Leiden), HiiL, en UN OCHA maken al deel uit van de Hub. The Hague Humanity Hub voorziet in kantoorruimte voor deze organisaties, werkplekken voor (start-up) ondernemers en medewerkers van andere bedrijven, kennisinstellingen en NGO’s die lid worden van Hub en stelt aantrekkelijke ruimtes voor vergaderen, bijeenkomsten, workshops en dergelijke op het terrein van vrede en recht beschikbaar.  De Hub ontwikkelt samen met haar leden, een programma van lezingen en presentaties, workshops en trainingen over humanitaire innovatie, van technologische ontwikkelingen tot de ervaringen van mensen in het veld.  De begeleiding op alle niveaus van revolutionaire ideeën naar producten of diensten is een belangrijke ambitie van deze Hub. The Hague Humanity Hub is een stichting met een Raad van Toezicht en een directie/bestuur. De partners van de Hub zijn  (informeel) georganiseerd in diverse adviescommissies.



De directeur is verantwoordelijk voor het ontwikkelen van de Hub tot een effectieve en duurzame organisatie. Daarvoor wordt van de kandidaat verwacht dat deze zijn/haar eigen expertise en netwerk kan inzetten om de Hub te ontwikkelen. Hij of zij toont leiderschap en implementeert de strategie in samenspraak met de Raad van Toezicht. De directeur onderhoudt goede relaties met het internationale ecosysteem van organisaties werkzaam in vrede, recht en humanitaire actie.  Hij of zij ontwikkelt in samenspraak met deze organisaties een jaarplan, overlegt deze met de Raad van Toezicht en rapporteert over de realisatie daarvan. De directeur is financieel eindverantwoordelijk, beheerst de financiële risico’s en legt hierover verantwoording af. De directeur is in staat om met de huurders, leden en vertegenwoordigers van verwante organisaties samen een collaboratieve organisatie op te zetten waarin samenwerken het uitgangspunt is.

De directeur zal de eerste werknemer zijn van de Hub. In een kleine ondersteunende staf is voorzien voor het eerste jaar. Verdere uitbreiding is afhankelijk van de mogelijkheid om nieuwe huurders en leden aan te trekken. Deze functie wordt in eerste instantie aangeboden voor de periode van één jaar, met de mogelijkheid van verlenging.  Het salaris is, conform de code Wijffels, vergelijkbaar met de CAO gemeenten schaal 15. De functie is fulltime.


Competenties en vaardigheden van de kandidaat

We zijn op zoek naar een kandidaat met de volgende competenties:

  • Ondernemersgeest: De kandidaat heeft directe verantwoordelijkheid gehad en ervaring in start-ups/ondernemingen en heeft supervisie gehad over of anderzijds samengewerkt met SMEs/ondernemers/ondernemingen. De kandidaat heeft ervaring met innovatiehubs en/of impact accelerators.
  • (Commercieel) resultaatgericht: We zijn op zoek naar een iemand met veel eigen initiatief. Hij of zij is in staat om zijn/haar eigen doelen te definiëren en behalen. Targets worden gesteld en resultaten gemonitord op verschillende gebieden zoals winstgevendheid, lidmaatschappen, huurderstevredenheid en groei. Het voortbestaan van de Hub is (mede) afhankelijk van de mogelijkheid van de directeur om inkomsten te genereren.
  • Financieel inzicht: De directeur zal als enige bestuurder van de stichting ook financiële verantwoordelijkheid dragen voor de organisatie en hiervoor verantwoording afleggen aan de Raad van Toezicht
  • Vertrouwd met humanitaire innovatie: De directeur opereert in een complex veld gerelateerd aan internationale betrekkingen en recht, humanitaire actie en PeaceTech. De kandidaat is bekend met minstens twee van deze gebieden en toegewijd aan het bevorderen van innovatie.
  • Leiderschap en dienstgerichtheid: De kandidaat heeft bewezen leidinggevende kwaliteiten en heeft ervaring met het aansturen van personeel. Ervaring in alle aspecten van het leiden van een dienstgerichte organisatie, bijvoorbeeld op het gebied van acquisitie, marketing, zakenontwikkeling, HR en financieel management, is een voorwaarde.
  • Politieke sensitiviteit: De kandidaat is in staat om een goede inschatting te maken van de politieke en maatschappelijke consequenties van zijn of haar besluiten en heeft aangetoond over diplomatieke vaardigheden te bezitten.
  • Vermogen tot samenwerken: De kandidaat kan aantonen een organisatie in samenwerking met verschillende stakeholders op te zetten en hierbij alle deelnemers tot hun recht laten komen.
  • Enige kennis van en/of ervaring met vastgoedexploitaties: De kandidaat heeft voldoende affiniteit met de verhuur en het beheer van vastgoed.
  • De kandidaat heeft een uitstekende beheersing van geschreven en gesproken Engels en Nederlands en heeft een afgeronde academische opleiding. Werkervaring in het buitenland is een pré.


Praktische informatie

De sollicitatie moet voor 27 november binnen zijn. Gesprekken zullen plaatsvinden in de eerste helft van december. Aanstelling geschiedt in overleg maar bij voorkeur op 1 januari 2018.

Uw sollicitatie kunt u sturen naar:

Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met de kwartiermakers van The Hague Humanity Hub:

Natasja van den Berg,  06 42 62 07 81
Marco van Lente, 06 53 40 64 28