The Future of Digital Humanitarian Response: Partnership & Innovation

Digital Wellness

Date & Time

Thursday, 28 Feb

11:15 - 12:15


Hall 4 - Auditorium 5


Unfortunately, we live in a time where natural disasters, crises and the mass movement of people is commonplace. The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. The UN estimates more than 134 million people across the world need humanitarian assistance. Mobile is uniquely positioned to offer solutions to help people affected by crisis, whether it be through the use of mobile money for humanitarian cash transfers or opportunities for digital identity solutions to ease registration and access to services and data, crowdsourcing and a host of volunteers globally are changing the face of humanitarian response. However, there is still a digital divide - take the 1.2 billion women in low and middle-income countries who do not have access to mobile internet. How can we ensure equitable access to digital humanitarian services? What new business models and partnerships can translate to success in the mobile-enabled utilities and IOT sector? This session will explore how integrating innovation and utilising technology will increase accountability, efficiency and impact in the future of digital humanitarian response.

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