Humanitarian Assistance Technology Series



DP SMS pic crop-1200-80As mobile technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous around the world, particularly in high-income countries, it is also having a profound effect on how development projects are designed and implemented.

This series by Lindsay Purchase explores the use of technology and telecommunications tools in humanitarian emergencies. These tools are being used by frontline responders and international aid agencies to deliver assistance to those most in need. They come as a consequence of years of academic and professional research into best practice in the sector. The series is divided into three thematic areas: Mobile Technology, Crisis Mapping, and Telecommunications. We have been partnering with the engineers of several of these projects to get their input into the design and impact of their respective tools.

The first in the series, found here, looks at Text To Change, an organization that uses mobile phone technology to send information about health, hygiene, agriculture, and even transparency issues to remote and hard to reach populations.

The second, found here, looks at Tera, the Trilogy Emergency Relief Application, which uses cell phone technology to inform and coordinate response in emergency and disaster scenarios.

The third article looks at an incredible group called MicroMappers, which uses Twitter posts and images during an emergency or natural disaster to chart where the damage is worst to help coordinate relief efforts.

Check back in the coming weeks for more articles. If you know of a development project making waves using new technologies, click here to contact our writing team. To stay informed, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.




Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Eric is an editor, writer, and community organizer based in Guelph, Canada.

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