Technological innovation for humanitarian aid and assistance

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Date published
01 May 2019
European Parliamentary Research Service
Research, reports and studies
Development & humanitarian aid, Innovation

During the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, former UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon urged the global community to commit to the 'Agenda for Humanity' to address the challenges in the humanitarian sector with the aim of preventing and helping reduce human suffering during crises. Technological innovation in humanitarian assistance is perceived as an enabler in achieving these commitments. The object of this study into the fast-moving, dynamic and emergent field of humanitarian technological innovation is to analyse the impact of these innovations as transformative tools for both people in need and those providing humanitarian relief. The report provides an overview of the current state-of-play and developments with regard to ICT-related innovation in humanitarian assistance. Based on the concerns, opportunities and benefits identified, the study provides a set of policy options to further technological innovation in humanitarian assistance.