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

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The report is the fifth in the Access to Communications publications series produced by the UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership, which is dedicated to leveraging the power of communications technologies to strengthen humanitarian work worldwide.

About the UN Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Partnership:
The United Nations Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership is a leading public-private alliance using technology programs to strengthen the UN’s humanitarian efforts worldwide. Created in October 2005 with a £10 million commitment from The Vodafone Foundation matched by £5 million from the UN Foundation. The Technology Partnership has three core areas of focus: (1) to strengthen communications in humanitarian emergencies though capacity building and support for disaster response missions that connect disaster relief workers and affected families; (2) to support the development of mobile health (mHealth) programs that tackle critical public health challenges and improve public health systems, decision-making and, ultimately, patient outcomes; and (3) to promote research and innovation using technology as a tool for international development. The UN Foundation and The Vodafone Foundation are among the founding partners of the mHealth Alliance. More information about the Technology Partnership can be found at: www.unfoundation.org/vodafone.

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Diane Coyle runs the consultancy firm En
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