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Please RSVP Now: How Can ICT Improve Disaster Response?

By Wayan Vota on July 28, 2014


Natural and man-made disasters are affecting more people more often and at more cost than ever before. By rethinking how aid agencies work and communicate with people in crisis many more lives can be saved. Technology has the potential to put disaster survivors where they belong – at the center of a response. But how?

Please RSVP now to join the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and FHI 360 for an afternoon discussion to explore four key challenges in integrating technology into disaster preparedness, response, and recovery:

  1. How can we prioritise information and communication as a basic need in response?
  2. What needs to change to ensure that humanitarian information can be freely shared in timely manner?
  3. How and where should be build technological capacity to ensure that humanitarian agencies and communities can better communicate?
  4. What is needed for the ethical and secure use of this information? And who decides what is ethical? Or secure?

Leading us in this discussion will be three experts in the use of technologies and humanitarian communications with communities:

  • Jonathan Bugge, UN OCHA
  • Shwe Cin, Myanmar Red Cross
  • David Madden, Internews and Code for Change Myanmar

The session will be a lively group discussion with the aim to develop concrete recommendations for Myanmar and the humanitarian community as a whole, and reach our overall goal: to use technology to help save more lives before, during and after emergencies.

ICT and Disaster Response
OCHA/FHI 360 Workshop
1:30pm – 3:30pm
August 6, 2014
Yangon, Myanmar
RSVP is required for attendance

This event will follow What is the Future of ICT in Myanmar? but is a separate activity. Please RSVP now to this event to attend. Once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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