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22 Aug 2016 description
report European Union

Today, the European Asylum Support Office launched its first mobile app for smartphones and tablets, allowing asylum seekers to quickly find information in English and various non-EU languages (English, Arabic, Sorani, Kumjani and Tigrinya) about the EU Relocation Programme, their rights and obligations when applying, contact points and more. The app is the latest initiative in the implementation of EASO’s integrated information and communication campaign on relocation.

22 Aug 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

19 Aug 2016 description

New UN ESCAP report highlights alarming disparity in broadband access among Asia-Pacific countries and broadband concentration in East-Asia

Despite the widely reported phenomenal growth in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Asia-Pacific region, a new study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), has found that broadband capabilities and access are highly concentrated in East and North-East Asia.

10 Aug 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

06 Aug 2016 description

On this edition:

  • The first ACDM Working Group Meeting on KIM
  • The 2nd PSC Meeting on ICT Phase III
  • Project Management Roles and many more
05 Aug 2016 description

This study provides a snapshot of refugees’ experiences regarding communication and information at different points on their journey, based on interviews with 79 refugees and 45 humanitarian actors. Intended to inform humanitarian agencies responding to the refugee crisis in Europe, it examines the communication behaviours and priority information needs of refugees in three areas: on their journey, in “transit” camps in Greece, and in Germany.

05 Aug 2016 description
report Guardian

Gamers help find hard-to-reach communities as Médecins Sans Frontières uses data from MapSwipe app to produce detailed local maps.

Gamers can now help aid workers locate communities affected by natural disasters, disease outbreaks or conflict using a mobile app developed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Read the full article on The Guardian

04 Aug 2016 description

The SADC El Niño Logistics and Coordination Team convened a workshop of Senior Officials from SADC Member States to facilitate the development of a Coordinated Regional Transportation Plan for Humanitarian Relief Cargo in the region.

04 Aug 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

04 Aug 2016 description

Islamabad (ICRC) – Handling dead bodies with respect and dignity in emergencies is the theme of a five-day course currently being run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Islamabad, Pakistan. The course has attracted emergency responders from Afghanistan, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam who will benefit from national expertise.

02 Aug 2016 description

After flooding, earthquakes or other disasters, rapid and specific assistance is vital. This is why the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working together with the THW and other German organisations as part of a Cluster Approach to providing relief.

27 Jul 2016 description

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

During the month of June, the situation in Greece continued to evolve. High temperatures on the islands and on mainland exacerbated dire living conditions resulting in increase of tensions. The heatwave has been particularly challenging for young children and the elderly. In North Greece temperatures reached 47°C inside the Army tents which are currently being replaced with UNHCR family tents which are cooler and water-proof.

27 Jul 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

26 Jul 2016 description
report Guardian

With smartphone use and web penetration soaring, Africa is set for a tech revolution – but only if its infrastructure can support it

Mark Rice-Oxley in Kigali and Zoe Flood in Nairobi

Monday 25 July 2016 06.20 EDT Last modified on Monday 25 July 2016 17.00 EDT

You can buy sunlight with your phone, conduct an eye test on someone 100 miles away and attend a church service on your iPad. There are apps for investing in cows, for sending parcels and for mapping unrest. And soon you’ll be able to deliver blood and medicines by drone.

24 Jul 2016 description
report AlertNet

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, July 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of the first questions aid worker Isaac Kwamy was asked in Greece's camps for refugees and migrants was not whether there was food or water, but whether there was internet access.

Read the full story on AlertNet

22 Jul 2016 description

Guidance for responders leading Emergency Telecommunications Cluster operations

In 2005, when the Cluster Approach was introduced, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was activated in one emergency – the Pakistan earthquake. By 2015, the ETC was responding to eight humanitarian emergencies across the globe, concurrently.

21 Jul 2016 description

The digital revolution is transforming the world but refugees are being left behind. Today, almost 60 million forcibly displaced refugees and internally displaced persons are living without reliable internet and mobile connectivity.