Humanitarian Assistance in the Information Economy

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I just co-authored a short article on the role of information management in humanitarian aid. Together with my colleague and friend Sandra Südhoff from CartONG, I’m looking into how the role of information management has changed in the last ten years. You can read the complete text on the website of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), a French think tank.

Personally, I think that Communication with Communities (CwC) is currently going through a process similar to that of Information Management: In the beginning, people question whether it is needed (“We have never have done this before, why start investing in it now?”), but slowly people start to see that it can have concrete, positive impact in the field. Hopefully, in ten years we will also only discuss how to do CwC and not if we should be doing it.