Annual Report 2016

from Télécoms Sans Frontières
Published on 05 Jul 2017

President's message

As Télécoms Sans Frontières takes a look back over its operations in 2016, we can be proud of a considerable turning-point in our organisation's history. We constantly strive to be at the forefront of the technology and solutions that we provide to the service of the world's vulnerable populations and the organisations that seek to assist them. The European Migrant Crisis that spanned 2015 and 2016 allowed our teams to exploit their technical capacities to their maximum, and successfully provide vital connectivity for over 325,000 mobile devices and 600,000 people across three countries simultaneously. A simple commodity for many, in crisis situations connectivity is an example of humanitarian aid whereby affected individuals are able to use their own devices to respond to their own needs, with internet serving as a strong catalyst for empowerment and psychological relief.

Populations and communities need to be involved in humanitarian response, and as specialists in technology and telecoms, this is our vision for the future of communications aid.
Thanks to the vital support of our loyal partners, we were able to respond to 2016's most crippling humanitarian crises, covering 12 countries, 1,149 days of deployment, bringing lifelines, education, medical aid, nutrition and protection to more than 1,130,000 people. We were able to pursue our engagement in the Middle East in a context of devastating instability, whilst ensuring populations suffering the effects of natural disasters in Haiti,
Madagascar and Ecuador not only received a coordinated and effective response from the international aid community, but also the necessary means to communicate in spite of adversity.
At our Headquarters in Europe and our Regional Offices in Mexico and Thailand, particular attention was paid to growing innovative solutions to respond to the new needs of the humanitarian field, placing emphasis on developing tools to . respond to a variety of long-term issues. The work undertaken during our emergency missions and development programmes has enabled us to gain the necessary experience in developing not only project-specific solutions but also cross-disciplinary tools that can be used horizontally and applied to a number of different themes, contributing to our reputation as the world's leading technology NGO.

Jean-François Cazenave Co-Founding Chairman