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27 Mar 2015 description
report CDAC Network

At Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, many sessions were held relating to mobile for development (m4d) and ICT for development (ICT4D), as well as those focussing on the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter. In this blog post John Warnes, Technology Officer at the CDAC Network Secretariat, explores how some of the topics discussed in a session on addressing the digital divide and connecting the next billion could potentially impact future work on communicating with disaster affected communities.

26 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

What's inside

  • Vanuatu – Are we communicating with cyclone affected communities?

  • Myanmar – Rakhine State community focus group discussions.

  • Philippines - Facebook goes free-of-charge with Smart Communications.

20 Mar 2015 description

A tablet device that can withstand being doused in chlorine has been developed to help medics caring for patients with Ebola.

Designed by technology volunteers and Google, it can be used even wearing gloves and in storms and high humidity.

Medecins Sans Frontieres put out a call for an Ebola-proof tablet to help teams record vital patient information.

read the full story here

17 Mar 2015 description

We live in a Digital Age that gives us instant access to information at greater and greater volumes. The rapid growth of digital content and tools is already changing how we create, consume and distribute knowledge. Even though globally participation in the Digital Age remains uneven, more and more people are accessing and contributing digital content every day.

17 Mar 2015 description

Foreword

Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.

16 Mar 2015 description

"Women are not simply a resource for Disaster Risk Reduction efforts, human or economic. Women are stakeholders, rights-holders, decision-makers and must be recognised as such." - Ms Adi Vasulevu Merewalasi FemLINKPACIFIC.

14 March 2015, Sendai, Japan - A voice sharing lessons learnt from the rural women of Fiji was heard from the front stage at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

04 Mar 2015 description

As fighting was escalating in northern Iraq in August last year, more than 500,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Many were stranded in scorching heat on Sinjar mountain. In desperation, people called the UN asking for food and water. And mobile phone chargers.

Read more on the OCHA website.

03 Mar 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

What's inside

02 Mar 2015 description

MNOs to Implement Disaster Response Initiative to Ensure Effective and Predictable Response During Times of Crisis

25 Feb 2015 description

Cash and IT are hot topics in most places these days, but the conversation can be either invigorating or stale. Together they can inspire change in how aid is imagined, delivered and managed, while significantly increasing the impact, choice and engagement of disaster affected communities. Alternatively, they can simply be more of the same.

25 Feb 2015 description

What is the recent evidence of the role of social media in post-conflict and fragile contexts with regards to conflict management?

Helpdesk response

Key findings: Some of the roles social media has played in conflict management include:

17 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.

11 Feb 2015 description

NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

FEWER LIVES LOST

In 2014, Asia and the Pacific experienced 126 natural disasters, which affected a total of 85 million people. Significantly, casualties were a quarter of what they were in 2013, with nearly 4,000 people killed by disasters in the region. Floods and landslides were the primary causes of death according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

10 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 4–10 February 2015

Guinea: An increase in Ebola case numbers has been reported for the second consecutive week. Resistance to the response remains high in Forecariah, worst affected by the outbreak; though ten prefectures have reported at least one incident of resistance. Clashes between armed forces and the community were reported in Matoto, Conakry.

10 Feb 2015 description

Motorola Solutions Foundation and UNDP release new research report: Increasing the potential of mobile technologies to advance human development

05 Feb 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A $34 device that plugs into the audio jack of a smartphone was nearly as effective as far more costly diagnostic blood testing equipment in identifying antibodies for HIV and syphilis in a pilot study in Africa, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

Read the full article on Alertnet

03 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 28 January – 3 February 2015

DRC: 30,000 refugees have fled CAR for Equateur province since December. In North Kivu, 18,000 new IDPs need humanitarian assistance; another 21,000 are in need in South Kivu. Nationwide, food security is worsening: over one-third of territories are in Crisis or Emergency phases.

02 Feb 2015 description

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

What's inside

02 Feb 2015 description

Reference Guide - Communication and Complex Emergencies is a reference guide developed by the University of Adelaide’s Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU) and the Australian Civil–Military Centre (ACMC).

This guide examines the broad topic of communication and its role in a range of different humanitarian and complex emergency situations. Such situations demand communication initiatives that support and promote humanitarian relief efforts, conflict reduction processes, and post-conflict transition and recovery.