Humanitarianism in the network age

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This publication explores how new ways of interacting are bringing people in need closer to people who can help. In rich and poor countries, people are connecting through technology at an accelerating pace. The report imagines how a world of increasingly informed, connected and self-reliant communities will affect the delivery of humanitarian aid. Its conclusions suggest a fundamental shift in power from capitals and headquarters to the people that aid agencies aim to assist. The included World Humanitarian Data and Trends present global and country-level data and analysis on humanitarian needs, response and trends.



Humanitarian information in the network age

Regular information channels fail in the chaos of a crisis, such as an earthquake or a war. Key people may have died, and information infrastructure, such as cellular and Internet links, may not work. Essential personnel may be inaccessible and Government offices closed or, as in Haiti, destroyed. Community level structures, such as mandated village evacuation points, may be overwhelmed. Where conflict is under way, the generation and collection of information might pose serious risks. Many countries have poor baseline data or a limited ability to access the right information quickly, as needed in an emergency.


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