The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was activated on 20 November 2017 under the leadership of the World Food Program (WFP) to provide shared Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services in the Kasai, Tanganyika and South Kivu regions.
The ETC conducted an initial ICT assessment, which stresses the urgent need in Kasai for security telecommunications for humanitarian staff conducting activities outside of urban areas.
An estimated USD$1.4 million is required to enable the ETC to provide coordination, information management and delivery of shared ICT services for 6 months for the common operational areas identified.
Since April 2016, the conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) has been escalating, causing widespread displacements and the loss of livelihoods. An estimated 3.2 million people are severely food insecure in the Kasai region and 762,000 people are internally displaced. Due to the conflict in Kasai, 33,500 people have fled to neighboring Angola and Zambia as refugees, and an estimated 2 million people are internally displaced in the Kivus and Tanganyika regions.
As the global lead of the ETC, the WFP is coordinating the ETC in D.R.C. to provide vital common ICT services including reliable security telecommunications services