Impact of technology on humanitarian work

While the joys of gadgetry may seem obvious to aid workers, how much has it really done to help victims? The full answer to that question has yet to emerge, and it is aid recipients who will give it. The Tsunami Evaluation Coalition, a group of agencies bent on learning from past mistakes, notes that “local people themselves provided almost all immediate life-saving action and the early-emergency support, as is commonly the case in disasters.”

Flood, famine and mobile phones, an article in the Economist deals with the impact, or lack thereof, of technology in humanitarian relief operations.

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