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iHub By Mugethi Gitau / October 2, 2013

Tech Market Place with IFRC


IFRC World Disaster Report launch
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies publishes the World Disaster Report annually.

The theme for 2013 is Technology and the Future of Humanitarian Action. The report includes 7 chapters:
1.       Technologies and Humanitarian Action
2.       Toward Community-Centered Action
3.       Strengthening Humanitarian Information: the role of technology
4.       Technology and the Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action
5.       New Technological Threats
6.       Technology and Humanitarian Principles
7.       Evaluation and Diffusion of Innovation
The IFRC plans to use the World Disaster Report 2013 as a tool to engage with governments, private sector, humanitarian community, civil society and media, and advocate for innovative policies, increased investments and vibrant partnerships on technology. The responsible use of technology offers concrete ways to make humanitarian assistance more effective, efficient and accountable and can in turn, directly reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience.

Within Eastern Africa, IFRC has been using different technologies such as the Rapid Mobile Phone based survey,( social media and geographic information systems. In the coming months we will be introducing the automated SMS information service called TERA (Trilogy Emergency Relief Application).(

IFRC will launch the World Disaster Report on 17 October at the iHub. The event will include a market place with demonstrations by various organizations on the use of technology in humanitarian action. This will be followed by an online discussion transmitted from Harvard, Boston. We would like to make it as interactive as possible.


Registration for this event is now closed

Author : Mugethi Gitau

Mugethi Gitau is an all round creative. A techie by training, she is into all things design - Graphics, fashion, interiors. A writer of fiction and a poet, and tech/gadget blogger on Mugethi has a rich mix of experience ranging from training, community development and advocacy, research and design. A people's person, she enjoys linking the iHub Tech Community with each other, investors/corporates, academics and other stakeholders. She has a dream that one day, Kenyan techies will innovate their own computers and mobile devices and people all over the world will buy them. And use them.

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