The UK’s DFiD has teamed up with a prominent East African organization for the express purpose of speeding up development – literally. DFiD has prepared a fund that will award grants to individuals or companies that are able to come up with innovative ideas to cut transport costs in the region, which should result in greater market access and incomes for East Africa countries and their populations.
In 2013, there were approximately 334 natural disasters around the world, resulting in more than 100,000 related deaths. Disasters of this kind result in breakdowns in the supply chain when affected countries most badly need access to goods and services. Field Ready is trying to transform emergency relief by 3D printing supplies locally instead of relying on insufficient supply chains.
Over 10 million people have been refugees for more than five years, and the average length of exile is almost 20 years. This means that refugees are not being reintegrated but are becoming trapped in a cycle that does not allow them to return to their native countries or make a home in a new one. A new study from Oxford University and the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) has analyzed existing approaches for assisting refugees. They came up with recommendations for a new way of thinking about refugees and their needs.
Are floating cities a near and realistic possibility? Can water be an asset instead of a threat? Is this a possibility not only for the rich, but also for the most vulnerable populations? Floating City Apps is an opportunity to upgrade life of the poorest living in slums through floating functions.
Over 634 million people live less than 30 feet above sea level, and coastal cities and even entire islands risk being swallowed by the oceans by the end of the century. “We can try to build walls to keep the water out, but… it’s better not to fight nature, but to work with nature, and amphibious architecture is one answer.”
Part 3 of the humanitarianism and technology series focuses on crisis mapping. MicroMappers uses digital humanitarian volunteers – or Digital Jedis – to help it parse through Big Data in times of crisis and create a better picture of what’s taking place on the ground.
In 2014 the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs created the Humanitarian Data Exchange. Designed to facilitate the free sharing of data between UN agencies, NGOs, civil society groups and local actors, this platform represents a step forward in the quest for open data in humanitarian work.
Keeping up with the rapidly changing conflict in Ukraine can be difficult. International agencies and citizen journalists alike are exploring the potential uses of crisis mapping platforms to track infrastructure damage, monitor incidents and navigate the conflict zone. However, when using these tools it is important to think critically about what information they are based on and why.
The Sphere Project partnered with the Cartoon Movement, through support with the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), to make cartoon illustrations of their six key humanitarian standards.
Training communities on protocols and running drills ensures that susceptible populations understand how to behave during natural disasters, but the unpredictable nature of these events means that we often cannot anticipate exactly how they will manifest. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been making advances to try to close our knowledge gap through the launch of the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS-2)