An Ode to Celebrity Humanitarianism

Humanitarianism: The act of providing assistance to “distant others”, with whom one has no personal connections (Vokes)  Celebrity:  a famous or celebrated person (Merriam Webster Dictionary)   Welcome back to the Digital Humanitarian – one more time! I have the honor to conclude this project with one last post for …

The Criticality of Inserting Data Ethics in Development

The fourth industrial revolution has taken place, and people from diverse upbringings, cultures as well as socio-economic backgrounds have required to adapt in new ways than ever before. According to Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, the fourth industrial revolution is fundamentally different. ‘‘It …

ICT4D: Facilitating communication and increasing the reach

Introduction Information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) is a key component of contemporary humanitarian and development work. In humanitarian settings, such as for example a natural disaster or pandemic such as COVID-19 which the world is currently experiencing, ICT4D can be used to provide timely, accurate and reliable information …

The Synergy of Digital communication in Humanitarian intervention.

Introduction: Engaging with ‘international development’ is embedded in online culture, digital media and communication approaches of every actor and sector in the aid industry. From expanded global journalistic coverage, to all aspects of organizational communication and an active global online ‘sounding board’, international development relies on digital communication. The aim …

New technologies for action in a pandemic context

With over 571 678 confirmed cases globally, which means an increase of 62 514 cases from the previous day, and a total of 26 494 deaths by March 28th, 2020, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) 68 Situation Report, Coronavirus disease has paralyzed the world, including lockdown of large …

Hand Wash Challenge on social media to defeat 2019-nCoV

“There are several measures you can take to protect yourself from ‪#COVID19. One of the most important ones is regular & safe hand hygiene. Here are the steps recommended by ‪@WHO. Show the world where and how you wash your hands. Join the WHO ‪#SafeHands challenge!   Dr Tedros Adhanom …

Awareness campaign: A disguise for fundraising

The 21st century has witnessed a dramatic increase in the availability and uptake of ICTs globally. This has provide unprecedented opportunities for individuals to access information, connect with one another and have their voices heard. The speed with which people in the developing world are adopting to digital communication and …

Adapting to audience: Corona awareness on TikTok for youth

A few days ago I wrote a post about social media in crises. The post gave examples of how social media can be used by government to share information with affected populations and on how it can be used by affected populations to share information. This post will give one …

MOOCs and affordable education opportunities for all

New technologies have helped to make education more accessible and affordable even for those living in remote communities. ICTs have become popular on the education industry to broaden the outreach of their courses and make available contents that are relevant for stakeholders. In some specific situations, particularly when the world …

Community video for health awareness and prevention

The world is suffering of a pandemic that many generations never experienced before. This is mobilizing people everywhere to contribute to the general awareness raising campaign to control 2019-nCoV and prevent for further expanding in the world. Communities are also concerned and they cannot be sided on this campaign. ICT4D …