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ETC in the News - 2014


Storytelling trumps smartphones in Ebola crisis, experts say

Storytelling and plays trump smartphones to deliver messages on Ebola in some communities, illustrating how new technologies have their limits in aid delivery, humanitarian experts said on Wednesday.
Thomson Reuters Foundation

WFP Telecoms And Logistics Teams Support Humanitarian Surge In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has deployed a ten-person emergency team of telecommunications and logistics experts in Iraq to ensure humanitarian partners are equipped with the means to provide rapid delivery of aid to people in need.
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Key Takeaways from the UN Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications

Last week, the Government of Luxembourg hosted Humanitarian ICT Week. Over the course of the week, our Disaster Response team attended both the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) meeting and the Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET). In anticipation of these events, we featured a guest blog post from Imogen Wall, an independent consultant advising UN OCHA, who mapped out some of the topics of discussion.

GSMA Disaster Response

Harnessing Disruption: The power of IT for disaster response

Some of the largest humanitarian relief organizations met this week in Luxembourg to discuss using technology to prepare and respond to emergencies.  The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, led by the World Food Programme and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), was hosted by the Government of Luxembourg for a "Technical Innovation Day."


Luxembourg Government to host humanitarian technology showcase

LUXEMBOURG – Five days of international cooperation and innovation begin in Luxembourg on Monday with the Humanitarian Information and Communications Technology Week. The week will bring together representatives from the UN, the Luxembourg government, private sector, non-governmental organisations and other groups to discuss how technology can improve international disaster response.

Technology in humanitarian response - Lessons we're learning

Philippines, Mali, Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic – all countries which began 2014 coping with natural or man-made disasters. As the humanitarian community realigns for the New Year, while responding to these simultaneous emergencies, we reflect and consider what lessons learned on the technological frontlines became lessons implemented and where we still need to improve.

CDAC Network

Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities


Connecting and communicating after Typhoon Haiyan

"The main challenges we face in these kinds of situations, especially with the typhoons and the tidal surge that they had here, is the damage to the infrastructure," says Neil Murphy-Dewar, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) Team Leader in Tacloban. "In Tacloban the electricity infrastructure was totally destroyed, the mobile phone networks were brought down, and the landline telephone networks and the internet service providers were all severely damaged."
Forced Migration Review


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