Smartphones & social media: a virtually exclusive benefit for those living in the West?

Although mobile technologies importance for many aid workers in the field is unquestioned, vulnerable people in crisis situations are often still facing difficulties in getting access to the data that they need. What happens if they don´t have a smartphone to get access to special apps? It is generally very …

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 …

Which dimension do mobile technology, apps and ICT4D have in humanitarian aid?

Humanitarian aid is everywhere in the world, even closer to us than we even think. So are mobile technology and digitalism. Aid work happens in global organisations, it happens literally at home, in families, through networking, at universities, institutions and much more. Aid workers are recruited by organisations like Save …

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