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Mobile Industry Earthquake Preparedness; A focus on best practise and partnership development in Nepal

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At the start of April 2015, the GSMA Disaster Response Programme co-host a 2-day event on “Mobile Industry Earthquake Preparedness; A focus on best practise and partnership development in Nepal”. Bringing together MNOs from earthquake risk markets, the session focused on ...

The Launch of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy: A role for GSMA members?

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In March, the UK Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Justine Greening, was joined by leaders from the global humanitarian community and private sector to announce the launch of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. Is there a role for the Mobile ...

Industry Consultation Workshop: Leveraging the Power of Mobile for Humanitarian Response

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The Disaster Response Programme and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) held a joint session at Mobile World Congress 2015. This session was one of a number of business consultations organised in the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit ...

DEWN; Dialog’s Disaster and Emergency Warning Network

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Developed by Sri Lankan Mobile Network Operator Dialog in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the DEWN system utilises the capability of the mobile network to form an early warning network. This report provides an overview of the DEWN system, from conception ...

On the ‘Resilience Dividend’

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Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, recently gave a talk on her new book “The Resilience Dividend.” In it, she presents a framework to help focus our efforts to be better prepared, to better respond and to better withstand crisis. How can the Mobile ...

New Disaster Response Report: ‘Business As Usual: How AT&T deals with Natural Disasters’

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Effective business continuity management is critical following a disaster or crisis. We profile the extensive reach and rigorous procedures that make up the Network Disaster Recovery plan of one of the largest telecommunications providers in the USA, AT&T.

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response Part V

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This is the fith and final article in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. This week the focus; UAVs and OpenStreetMap

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response Part IV

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This is the forth in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. This week the focus; BRCK - Connectivity in remote and powerless environments

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response Part III

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This is the third in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. This week the focus; Challenge Networks - Connecting the unconnected

Responding to regional challenges in MENA; Mobile solutions and partnerships

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Responding to regional challenges in MENA; Mobile solutions and partnerships. Mobile communication and information play an important role in any humanitarian crisis. The Disaster Response programme held a consultation in Amman, Jordan, to discuss how mobile could play a role ...

MNOs respond to storm season as UNISDR praises India’s ‘Zero Casualty’ focus

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With significant cyclones making landfall in both India and Japan over the past week, the UN has praised India’s ‘Zero Casualty’ focus on cyclones, the success of which is due in part to ‘science, technology, education and logistical preparation.’

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response Part II

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This is the second in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. The focus this week; Innovation from SK Telecom

Innovations in Mobile Technology for Disaster Response; Part I

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This is the first in a series of blogs where local, national or international innovations using mobile or mobile networks in the disaster response area will be highlighted. This week the focus; Disaster Messaging platforms

“Super-flood” causes major communications challenges

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Over the past week, flooding has intensified in Pakistan and the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in what is being described as a “Super-flood”. What impact has this had on mobile networks and how have MNOs supported subscribers?

Next steps towards resilient networks and partnerships in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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As the Disaster Response programme held its workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, flooding was affecting large swaths of the country. With an estimated 800,000 people displaced from their homes, and flood waters building around the capital city, participants gathered to discuss how ...

3-D Printing Tiny Drones for Resilience? A meeting on Emerging Tech asks, “Why not?”

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The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has launched a global series of events to brainstorm ‘How might emerging technology strengthen urban resilience?’ Our GSMA Disaster Response team, in partnership with the American and British R...

A Spotlight on Indonesia – Disaster Response Working Group summary

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The GSMA Disaster Response programme recently hosted a workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia. This workshop brought together mobile operators, vendors, Government and social society, all with a focus on increasing disaster preparedness in the region. We bring you the outcomes.

Spotlight on Indonesia: The GSMA team is working with MNOs and Humanitarian Organisations on preparedness in Jakarta

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The GSMA Disaster Response Team will host a workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia to bring together members of the mobile industry, the humanitarian and NGO communities and representatives from Government agencies. The objective of this event is to provide an opportunity to ...

Disaster Risk Management course offered by the Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative

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The Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI) is an international scientific organization started in 1998 and established as a non-stock, non-profit organization. Its mission is to advance policy, knowledge and practice of urban Disaster Risk Reduction. We profile one of ...

Disaster resilient cities require resilient communication networks

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The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) recently launched a scorecard as part of the ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign. Primarily targeting local government, the campaign also calls upon civil society and community groups to promote resilience. How ...