Messaging apps in humanitarian operations: researching their future potential

If you’re lucky enough to be among the “connected population”, you’ll probably have realized by now that IP messaging apps are fast becoming one of the most popular means of communication in the digital age. In September 2016, Business Insider Intelligence reported that messaging apps were surpassing social networks in …

Digital development and the role of INGOs—a primer from Oxfam

How can the use of ICT4D be improved to maximize digital dividends in development projects? And what role do international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) play in an increasingly digital landscape? These are broadly the questions that an Oxfam discussion paper published last week seeks to address, focusing on the organization’s experience …

Digital humanitarianism: revisiting the empowerment narrative

Give a well-intentioned person access to the Internet and voilà—you have a digital humanitarian. This is, at least, what Meier (2015) will have us believe: “Anyone can be a digital humanitarian, absolutely no experience necessary; all you need is a big heart and access to the Internet”. One would suspect, …

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