Digital ComDev

Digital ComDev

Information and Communications Technologies in Humanitarian Aid

Children as development candy

From time to time the discussion about whether or not Facebook can do what they like with your photos arises (Belam, 2016). I know a lot of people who are a little concerned, especially when it comes to pictures of children. Last month, it was rerported that an 18 year old Austrian girl …

From humanitarian response to sustainable development?

Response to humanitarian disasters is a field that is being revolutionised by communication and information technologies. From hundreds of digital volunteers creating a crisis map during the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, to responses during the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Meier (2015) has analysed how ICTs have …

Voices from war zones

Can information and communication technologies (ICTs) allow for a more direct, participatory communication of people affected by humanitarian crisis or war and give the ‘voiceless’ a platform to share their stories on their own terms? Humanitarian communication is often as complex as its subject matter, and sometimes stories are spun …

Can ICTs be the key for improving coordination when an emergency strikes?

When emergencies as the tsunami in 2004, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 or the one in Ecuador in 2016 strike, how prepared and equipped are local communities, agencies and governments for effective response? This question lies in the essence of the new innovative pilot project ‘ALERT’ whose purpose is …

The use of an e-payment system in cash-transfer programs

Cash-transfer programs (CTP) have proven their efficiency as an alternative modality to in-kind assistance. CT, adopted in both development and emergency contexts, can be seen as a social protection scheme to fulfill the basic needs of the poor or the disaster-affected populations, and at the same time as an opportunity …