Four digital tools your aid organization could be using Emergency Response Team

When did technology start being used for humanitarian purposes? Which digital tools aid organizations should be using? In this blog, you will find 4 easy-to-use and practical digital tools that will help your organization to improve its effectiveness, transparency and impact.

Did you know?

The term "digital humanitarianism" emerged in 2010, in response to the earthquake in Haiti, which was one of the first major disasters to see a large-scale use of digital technology for humanitarian purposes. Volunteers from around the world used social media platforms and other digital tools to help locate missing people, map the damage, and coordinate relief efforts.

What is technology offering to aid organizations 13 years after?

Take a look at the "latest" digital tools that are starting to be part of aid organizations' operations. These tools are nothing but new, but as we saw, not long ago humanitarian aid started to be digital, and our aim is to scale the impact of aid organizations through the digital transformation of core emergency operations. Here we want to share with you 4 digital tools that cannot be missed in your organization.

  1. Project management software: When it comes to managing complex projects with many moving parts, aid organizations rely on advanced software tools to keep everything on track. From assigning tasks to monitoring progress, these platforms provide a powerful way to keep everyone on the same page.
  2. Data collection and analysis tools: With so much information to manage and analyze, aid organizations need cutting-edge tools to make sense of it all. From Excel spreadsheets to sophisticated data visualization software, these tools help organizations make data-driven decisions that can have a real impact on the ground.
  3. Geographic information systems (GIS): Mapping and geospatial data play a critical role in the work of aid organizations. GIS software helps these organizations understand the physical landscape of the areas where they work, from identifying where people live to tracking the spread of diseases and other environmental hazards.
  4. Online fundraising platforms: Online fundraising platforms provide a convenient and secure way for people to make donations to aid organizations from anywhere in the world. By leveraging these platforms, organizations can quickly and easily raise the funds they need to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

We understand that humanitarian aid organizations often operate under limited budgets. While financial decisions may follow the principle of "less money, less action," which can have a direct impact on the communities they serve.

At the same time, investing in organizational improvements can lead to better performance and outcomes. That's why we support aid organizations that respond to disasters to outdo their best. We scale the impact of aid organizations during the response to disasters through the digital transformation of their core emergency operations. We provide support and complete digital transformation during the disaster stage as well as in preparedness, and recovery.

We simply serve as a means for supporting the crucial work carried out by organizations around the world, enabling them to generate greater and more meaningful impacts. Take a look at some of our recent projects here, and contact us if you think we can help you too.

Source: V. Squire et. al. (2022) Data and Displacement: Assessing the Practical and Ethical Implications of DataDriven Humanitarianism for Internally Displaced Persons in Camp-Like Settings, Final Project Report

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