IHSA

The humanitarian ‘digital divide’
Organiser(s): Kerrie Holloway, Barnaby Willitts-King

Excerpt:
Rapid technological change is affecting every aspect of society, including humanitarian action. The proliferation of technology-driven approaches to delivering and financing humanitarian action has the potential to transform, democratise and disrupt the current international system, and technology is often touted as a way of increasing inclusion in humanitarian action – both by reaching more people and by making aid more efficient. For many humanitarian actors on the ground and many people affected by crisis, however, it is not clear how significant a difference these advances have really made in increasing the coverage and inclusivity of humanitarian assistance. This panel invites papers looking at this ‘digital divide’ in humanitarian action – analysing whether technology enables assista ..
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