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New Report Examines the Role of Communications Technologies in Humanitarian Crises,
Date:12/10/2009

s with recommendations for how governments, aid groups and international organizations can leverage this innovation to improve community resilience.

Examples of innovation profiled in the report include:

 
  • Preparedness: The United Nation’s Global Impact and Vulnerability Alert System (GIVAS), a new initiative, will leverage technology to provide policy-makers with aggregate data about how global shocks like the financial crisis affect the world’s poorest.

 
  • Alerts: Ushahidi, a free and open source platform combining SMS, Twitter and Google Maps, allows mobile phone users to submit and receive alerts during crisis situations.

 
  • Response: The United Nation’s Operational Satellite Applications Program (UNOSAT), which uses satellite imagery to map and monitor population movements and refugee flows, can be used to identify where an international response may be needed.

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