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12 Nov 2018 description

Local capacity building is a priority area for the ETC heading into 2019 as the situation in Yemen becomes more complex. In a country struggling with conflict, sharp economic decline, cholera and famine, the need to bolster local IT capacity among humanitarians is critical.

Thirty-three participants from 22 organisations (10 UN, 12 NGO) gathered in Sana’a this week for the ETC’s second inter-agency capacity building exercise.

06 Nov 2018 description

Highlights

  • The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC)is preparing to conduct a second inter-agency ICT capacity building exercise in Sana’a in November.

  • The ETC has revised the proposal for its plannedServices for Communities (S4C) project in Sana’a University. Once the ETC S4C Officer has approved the revised proposal, will be forwarded to the Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen for funding.

21 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) conducted a successful inter-agency ICT capacity building training in Aden.

• The ETC has recruited a second IT assistant to be based in the UN Common Accommodation Facility (UNCAF) in Sana’a to cope with the increasing demand for ETC Internet connectivity services and support.

09 Oct 2018 description

Since November 2016, the Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) has been providing vital communications services in North-East Nigeria to enable humanitarians on the ground to carry out their jobs efficiently and safely, ultimately assisting more people and saving more lives.

The ETS in Nigeria, led by the Ministry of Communications and co-led by the World Food Programme (WFP), is responding with government, private sector and humanitarian organisations to ensure a coordinated response.

09 Oct 2018 description

The Emergency Telecommunications Sector in Nigeria delivered services to over 1,200 humanitarians so far in 2018. A User Feedback Survey circulated in August to assess service quality, the results of which are used to help improve communications services for the entire response community.

08 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

  • The recruitment of an Information Management Associate and an Services for Communities (S4C) specialist was finalized, and both staff are now on board.

  • The ETC continues to explore funding options as it is operating on carry over funds from 2017.

  • Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) donated satellite equipment left in-country to the ETC Iraq team. This equipment will be used to support ETC response activities as needed.

Situation Overview

04 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

  • The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) expanded its Internet communications services in Maiduguri to cover the second accommodation phase in the Red Roof humanitarian camp.

  • The ETS is engaging with humanitarian partners to gather their plans for 2019 as well as their training needs to tailor the ETS response plan for next year.

  • The ETS is deploying a 36-metre telecommunications tower in Maiduguri to enhance the coverage of the ETS security telecommunications services.

29 Sep 2018 description

Highlights

  • The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) continues to provide shared security telecommunications services to support humanitarian operations in the Kasai region, South Kivu and Tanganyika.
  • Given the recent Ebola outbreak in Beni (North-Kivu), the World Health Organization (WHO), leading the Ebola response, has formally requested the support from the ETC to evaluate the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) needs in affected areas. The ETC conducted an assessment mission in North-Kivu jointly with WHO.
22 Sep 2018 description

Situation Overview

An estimated 7.7 million people across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states of Nigeria are in need of lifesaving assistance as a result of years of ongoing violence in the North-East of the country.

With telecommunications infrastructure having been severely damaged by the conflict, provision and restoration of communications services are required to support the response community.

22 Sep 2018 description

Since its activation in November 2016, the Emergency Telecommunications Sector has been providing shared communications services to humanitarians in North-East Nigeria. These services enable a more efficient and safer humanitarian response in areas with limited or unavailable services from local communications service providers.

16 Sep 2018 description

Highlights

• The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) Coordinator conducted a mission to Aden to assess the ICT needs of the humanitarian community ahead of activating a new ETC hub in that location.

• The ETC has recruited a second IT assistant to be based in the UN Common Accommodation Facility (UNCAF) in Sana’a to cope with the increasing demand for ETC Internet connectivity services and support.

11 Sep 2018 description

Highlights

  • The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) concluded the assessment mission to gather the technical requirements of the hybrid power solution for the ETS infrastructure and services deployed in North-East Nigeria.

  • The ETS received a contribution of US$855,000 from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to carry out the ETS project until the end of the year.

04 Sep 2018 description

Angel Buitrago is an IT officer in the World Food Programme (WFP)’s regional bureau in Panama. Here he provides a first-hand account of his use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), or drones, during an emergency — and discusses the huge potential for this fast-evolving technology in tackling and preventing humanitarian catastrophes.

Hurricanes strike the Caribbean

When Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean between August and September 2017, we decided to do a pilot with a single drone, to see if we could support assessments.