What We Do Technology

Technology increasingly touches on and influences ways we connect, communicate and manage our lives. Common Hashtags on social media - ‘#ICT4D’ and ‘#M4D’ - champion collective, tech-driven approaches to improve humanitarian action and development outcomes.  

 We're looking more broadly to technology to lower barriers to people's’ participation in the design and delivery of humanitarian assistance. Our membership is unique in bringing together diverse actors in and outside the humanitarian sector to tackle unfolding challenges and ensure disaster-affected communities have a role in shaping relief efforts.

We're pushing for closer, more effective collaboration in uses of technology, allowing for more accurate disaster early warning systems, access to data, faster sharing of life-saving information, greater ability for people to connect and be heard, increased access to education, health, goods and livelihoods and more targeted and timely response in emergencies.

The flip side of technological progress is danger and risk. CDAC is working with partners to support people in crisis and those involved in humanitarian response to understand and address responsibilities, ethical and legal implications and intended and unintended consequences of advances in systems and services.

Contact: Hannah Murphy, Communication and Community Engagement Advisor, Innovation and Technology Programmes

What they desperately needed was access to local information in a language they understood – could they go home? Where were the local services and who were all these foreigners who said they were coming to help?
Mark Frohardt, Executive Director of Internews Center for Innovation and Learning
I can’t see, so when my radio was destroyed in the cyclone, I felt very isolated. Now that I have a radio, I feel like I can see!
A blind monk in Burma who received a radio after Cyclone Nargis