New technologies in humanitarian aid

29 March 2012 13:00 - 16:00 GMT+01 (BST)
Public event
Streamed live online

Gabrielle Smith - Social Protection & Safety Nets Adviser, Concern

Joanna Macrae - Humanitarian Advisor, DFID
Laura Walker Hudson - Director of Operations, FrontlineSMS
Jay Narhan - Programme Manager, World Vision LMMS
Andrea Sulzenbacher - Delivery Manager, Accenture  

Clement Bruguera - ICT Coordinator,  Telecoms Sans Frontieres

Paul Knox-Clarke - Head of Research and Development, ALNAP


This event will bring together a range of expertise to discuss the increasing range of technology platforms available to humanitarians for the distribution of assistance, and particularly how they relate to case transfers.

New research by CaLP will be presented which discusses three technologies currently being used in aid programming: electronic payment systems, the use of mobile phones for text and voice communication, and digital data gathering tools. For each, the research outlines current use, examines benefits experienced and issues faced by the recipient and the agency and highlights key lessons learned. 

This will be followed by a panel discussion comprised of donor, private sector and NGO representation, and a marketplace led by Last Mile Mobile Solutions, where various technology providers will be present to demonstrate some of the ways technologies are being used in humanitarian aid.