Vodafone Foundation & WFP: Building expert humanitarian IT capacity

The key to efficient and effective humanitarian emergency response operations is trained personnel who are available for immediate deployment. In addition to the constant technical skill-upgrade required by the nature of the humanitarian context, IT responders must also be prepared for emergencies in terms of managerial and survival skills. Realising this, the Vodafone Foundation and World Food Programme (WFP) partnership focuses on building expert humanitarian IT and telecommunications capacity.

This third consecutive partnership agreement between Vodafone Foundation and WFP builds and leverages one of the most successful project modules of the previous partnership: Capacity Building.

The Training

IT Emergency Management Training

The IT Emergency Management Training was developed through the previous partnership between Vodafone Foundation, United Nations Foundation and WFP which ended in December 2010. This course is designed to train humanitarian IT officers how to manage the IT response to an emergency situation. The IT Emergency Management Training has demonstrated its validity as well as its benefits by vastly expanding the pool of IT emergency responders and improving the level of expertise. The sense of community and association that has resulted from the training is an invaluable asset in emergency operations.

OpEx Bravo

Operational Exercise (OpEx) Bravo is a large-scale inter-agency operational exercise designed to advance emergency response capabilities of the global ICT humanitarian community. The exercise is designed to give participants practical experience with technical solutions deployed by the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) in a simulated disaster environment.

As global lead of the ETC, WFP coordinates and develops the exercise in conjunction with ETC partners: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Vision International (WVI), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). Supported by the Vodafone Foundation and the Government of Luxembourg, OpEx Bravo is hosted by THW in cooperation with the German authorities.

About the Vodafone Foundation

The Vodafone Foundation is a registered charity organization of global telecommunications company Vodafone. Investing in countries in which Vodafone operates, the Foundation is at the centre of a network of both local and global social development programmes.

Globally, the Vodafone Foundation makes social investments by funding projects which support disaster relief and preparedness, including the Red Alert and World of Difference programmes.