UK launch of 'groundbreaking' OCHA report

Source: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:24 PM
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  More than 100 humanitarian practioners and members of the public are registered to attend the UK launch of the UNOCHA policy paper 'Humanitarianism in the Network Age'. Organised by a partnership of CDAC and UNOCHA the event will take place from 3:30PM to 6PM at the GSMA Head Office in London. “Humanitarianism in the Network Age”  looks at how new communications technologies are already affecting people’s behaviour in emergencies. It looks forward to a future of increasingly informed, connected and self-reliant communities, of important new actors and partners, especially in the private sector, and a response environment in which information can be generated by anyone, in real time, on a many-to-many basis. The report argues that as the difference between life and death in a crisis is increasingly dependent on the capacity to connect with others, communications and information need to be seen as basic needs in their own right. It also stresses that the ways in which humanitarian information is collected, shared and analysed needs to change fundamentally. Data has to be open source and available to all, including local populations. New information systems also mean new risks, as well as protection interests that need to be addressed. The report finds that this vision of the future is not one for which humanitarian responders are currently equipped, but to which they must adapt – or risk becoming increasingly out of touch with the populations they seek to serve. Speakers: Imogen Wall, Coordinator, Communication with Disaster Communities, UNOCHA Kyla Reid, Head of Disaster Response, GSMA Tushar Barot, Assistant Editor, User Generated Content Hub, BBC Onyekachi Wambu, Director, Engagement & Policy, AFFORD (African Foundation for Development) The panel chair will be Brendan Gormley, Chair of the CDAC Network. The event will be live tweeted (#commisaid and #HINA). More about the report: Patrick Meier, digital humanitarian Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute, describes the report as "a groundbreaking must-read study on Humanitarianism in the Network Age; an important and forward-thinking policy document on humanitarian technology and innovation. Read more here Multimedia View photo gallery here

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