Stepping into 2024, the Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Center (APDRC) reflects on a year of innovation, notably launching the RE: Climate Resilience Campaign, marking a milestone in addressing global challenges.
Over the past month, we have been collaborating with IFRC Solferino Academy to create a game which draws a new audience to GO Platform. In this article, we explain the motives, process and results of this fun project.
AI is changing our humanitarian work, and teams from the IFRC network are continually exploring how to adjust with these new tools.
By helping National Societies establish their own innovation support systems, tailored to their unique needs, contexts and objectives, we are sowing the seeds of transformation within the IFRC network.
In a world where technological advancements are reshaping industries and societies, integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into humanitarian aid has emerged as a promising frontier.
In the aftermath of natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis, the paramount importance of sanitation becomes undeniably clear. Past events, notably the Great East Japan earthquake and the Kumamoto earthquake, illuminated the necessity for uninterrupted access to basic amenities like toilets. These pivotal experiences emphasised the dire need for a sanitation solution that is versatile, sustainable, and reliable, even amidst the unpredictabilities of crises.
People on the move in search of humanitarian assistance are facing challenges due to disconnected humanitarian systems.
When you think of the word ‘innovation’, what, or who comes to mind? Is it Edison and the lightbulb, or Marie Curie and her discovery of radioactive elements to help treat cancer, or Dr Gladys West and her pioneering invention of GPS. Maybe even Bill Gates’ and Microsoft Word? For me, it’s Professor John I.Q. Nerdelbaum Frink Jr., scientist, inventor and Simpsons character.
Interoperability of systems can change the way organisations deliver aid, restoring people’s dignity and ensuring a safer and faster access to essential services.
Traverse: Insights from Australian Red Cross creating, designing and ending a digital identity platform
Australian Red Cross led an effort to solve this by establishing a verifiable digital credentials solution in order to remove some of the structural barriers and administrative burdens to onboarding.
Participants of Limitless were invited to create short-form videos outlining the challenges they faced in their communities, their proposed solutions and resources required. Through Action Translate, these videos were able to be translated into 17 languages – enabling worldwide distribution.
“We trained 120 farmers from 15 different communities how to make organic fertilisers, and they are now training other members of their communities!”
I started out searching for a solution on how to help members of my local community overcome the hunger crises brought about by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to help farmers with a more cost-effective way of farming, of which the long term benefit would cut across their personal health and the environment at large.