Mobile for Development Blog


How mobile technology can be used in preparedness, response and early warning to monitor floods

Recent extreme weather events in the UK and North America remind us that the impact of a changing climate will not be limited to the developing world, or tropical regions, and that a global view of potential solutions and partnerships is essential to build more resilient ...

‘Build back better’, Social Media and the Private Sector – Resources for Disaster Response

In recent months a number of reports and research studies have been published, each of them contributing in some way to the field of disaster response and the role of mobile technologies. We profile some of the most interesting.

SMS Code of Conduct Profiled on BBC Click

The BBC World Service radio programme Click aired a segment on the concept of the 'SMS Code of Conduct' and how mobile technology is being used in humanitarian crises. Kyla Reid, head of the Disaster Response programme took part to explain why the SMS code of conduct is so ...

GSMA Disaster Response in the Philippines

Kyla Reid, head of the Disaster Response programme attended the UN OCHA Global Humanitarian Policy Forum (GPF) to talk about the work our team did in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Innovation Session.

The role of mobile, tech and mapping in crisis response

The International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) was held this November in Nairobi, Kenya, at the African Headquarters of the UN. Olly Parsons was present and discusses his key takeaways here.

Mobile Donation Platforms Contributing to International Relief Efforts for Typhoon Haiyan

As the international response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) grows, mobile operators and the humanitarian community are launching donation platforms to help drive the fundraising needed to meet the estimated $301 million dollars required for relief.

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan): Initial responses and network restoration update

On Friday November 9th, one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall, Haiyan - dubbed "Yolanda" locally - hit the Filipino eastern coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar. The devastation was almost complete. We provide an update of our activities here.

Enabling disaster affected communities through diverse mobile services

The GSMA Disaster Response Programme works to understand and champion the critical role of mobile in humanitarian crises. The programme partners with a number of partners in this space, including SoukTel, RefUnite and FlowMinder, profiled here.

‘Living with disability and disasters’: towards accessible communication for all

‘Living with disability and disasters’ is the focus of the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013. It aims to increase awareness of the needs of those living with disability in disaster, and ensure that these needs are addressed. Olly Parsons explores ...

“Let’s Get Ready!” Uses 3G and Muppets to Teach Children How to Prepare for Emergencies

This is a guest post written by Blake Tye, a Senior Analyst at Qualcomm Wireless Reach. How can we use 3G and "The Muppets" to teach children how to prepare for emergencies?

Networks respond to the start of the Typhoon season in Asia

The typhoon season in Asia arrived with full force at the start of August, with several storm systems hitting the Philippines and China. Typhoon Utor Typhoon Utor made landfall in the Philippines on Monday 12th August. How are mobile operators prepared to respond?

Combatting fire with tech – Predicting, preparing for and responding to forest fires

Forest fires are fairly common in California, and at present there are currently more than 50 burning across the Western U.S. However, the Rim fire is fairly large. How can technology be used to predict, prepare and respond to forest fires?

Rethinking Personal Data in Disaster Response

The potential uses of “big data” (data which is created as we use our phones, bankcards, the internet, social media profiles) have been increasingly publicised over recent months, receiving both positive and negative coverage. We summarise the current situation, with a look ...

World Humanitarian Day 2013: The World Needs More #. . . ?

What do you think the world needs more of? Today marks the United Nations World Humanitarian Day 2013 and this year the UN is running a campaign asking people to suggest, in a humanitarian sense, what the world needs. We provide our answers to this question.

Infrastructure, Access and Congestion: Three Natural Disasters Disrupt Mobile Communications

Two powerful earthquakes struck Northwest China on Monday, July 22nd causing significant damage, injuries and a loss of lives. We provide an update on response efforts.

April Roundup: A Challenging Month for Communication Networks in Disasters

The tragedies last week in China, Boston, Iran and Pakistan, and the flooding in Buenos Aires earlier this month underscore the dependence that affected communities and emergency response agencies place on mobile networks to communicate with loved ones and coordinate during ...

New Publications signal a turning point for the use of mobile and ICT in humanitarian crises and the protection of human rights

The past month has witnessed the publication of a number of ground-breaking papers related to the use of mobile technology in natural disasters, complex emergencies and human rights. We review what this might mean.

Key Partnerships Speed Response to Typhoon Bopha

Last month, in the aftermath of a super typhoon that hit Mindanao Island in the Philippines, we witnessed an inspiring cooperation amongst mobile operators and NGOs. It was encouraging to learn just how much more efficient and effective disaster response can be. We address ...

Mobile and Humanitarian 101: Key Themes from the GSMA Disaster Response and CDAC Network Webinar

On 20th November 2012, the GSMA Disaster Response Programme, in partnership with the CDAC Network, hosted a webinar titled “Back to the Basics: Mobile and Humanitarian 101.” We share the key themes emerging from this discussion.

Disaster Risk Reduction: Establishing coordinated and reliable communications

October 13th marked the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, a day focused on improving resilience at a national and community level, to mitigate the impact that natural disasters have. We explain why extablishing coordinated and reliable communications is critical ...