New and emerging technologies have the potential to cause both great benefit and harm — yet the processes designed to develop and use these technologies rarely consider the humanitarian and social costs. How can technology be used for good? What does this look like? Who gets a say? These are some of the questions we are exploring at Humanitech, an initiative of Australian Red Cross, dedicated to harnessing the transformational power of technology for good.
Shamuk, reducing electronic waste by giving it a second life
Shamuk, leaving no one behind, is a project that seeks to reduce electronic waste by giving it a second life. Through repowering devices and delivering them to children in rural areas in Ecuador, it also reduces the digital gap and supports school reintegration. The initiative was designed and is led by volunteers from the Ecuadorian Red Cross, with funding and support from the IFRC Solferino Academy.
Brothers across Borders – Interactive film based on true stories
Brothers across Borders is an interactive film based on the true stories of Syrian refugees in Turkey. You are Ismaël, a 21 years old Syrian refugee on a mission to find his brother Muhammed. Muhammed, as the oldest brother, went to Turkey to find a new and safer home for the family, but never returned to Syria. Nor has he contacted the family since he left Turkey. Now it’s all up to you. The future of Ismaël, Muhammed and the entire family is in your hands.
Food & Medicine Delivery, the last mile of social aid during the pandemic
Offering essential services such as food or medicine to underprivileged and marginalised people, whether in times of peace, pandemic, disaster or conflict, is a great challenge. The Covid-19 crisis has affected vulnerable households in almost every country, a phenomenon amplified by self-isolating people.
Disaster drills in Virtual Reality
Have you ever experienced Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) training with Virtual Reality (VR) technology?
Embracing open source survey tools
Global impact Efficiently collecting, managing, and using data in resource-constrained environments is vital to our humanitarian...
Rumor Tracking: A Digital Transformation Approach
What is a rumor? According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a rumor is “an unofficial interesting story or piece of news that might be true or invented, and quickly spreads from person to person”.
Interesting Times for Infrastructure
As a Technical Team lead specialising in Networks and Telephony for British Red Cross, our team had many plans in place at the start of 2020.
Beirut after the explosion: how technology is playing a vital role
The year 2020 in Lebanon, kick-started with ongoing revolutions, an economic crisis, a political collapse, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s unstable economic situation and the steady rise of COVID-19 cases were both major factors affecting the majority of the populations’ financial instability.
Kazakhstan: IFRC and Red Crescent launch bot to counter COVID misinformation
Budapest/Almaty, 19 February 2021 – A social media chatbot has been launched in an innovative bid to share accurate, trusted information to counter vaccine hesitancy. The chatbot was developed by the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). It followed research undertaken late last year by the IFRC and the Red Crescent that found high numbers of people saying they would refuse the coronavirus vaccine for themselves or their children.
Rise of the humans
The impact was impressive. The Accounts Payable team are sent up to 400 invoices every day. They check the details against our records before they make the payment. It takes a lot of time, so we trained a bot to manage the five suppliers who sent the most invoices.
From everything on paper to everything digital
Reaching 3500% more people than before – Red Cross’ road to digitalisation in the Dutch Caribbean (Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten).