In our ‘thought leadership’ series, Senior Adviser on Monitoring, Planning & Evaluation, Áine Magee, reflects on the potential for data to help transform the lives of the world’s poorest and documents recent developments in Concern’s data journey.
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So much of the technology we use today is taken for granted: the laptop provided to us by our employer, the smartphone given to us at Christmas and the tablets our children play on. But not all people have these devices available and an inequality, often called 'the Digital Divide', persists around the globe. Last year, Concern applied for a grant funded by Google which focused on putting digital devices into the hands of those who need them the most.
Many areas where Concern works are unmapped which makes implementing projects and preparing for disasters more difficult. In September 2016 we embarked on a new initiative to use volunteers to map basic information, such as buildings and roads, in Cité Soleil, Haiti. This is the story so far…
From flying donkeys to Facebook, there are countless ways that emerging technologies are changing the face of development in the world’s poorest countries. Here, we take a look at some of the innovations that Concern and other humanitarian organisations are beginning to work with.