Innovation and use of new technologies in humanitarian crises: an international webinar discussed what is being done and what can be done

Mobile data collection, data analysis through artificial intelligence, the use of satellite imagery in creating detection models to identify informal settlements and calculating poverty, and - as it's happening in the  COVID-19 global crisis - the development of new models to predict and evaluate the evolution of a pandemic emergency and the effects of public health interventions. These are some of the ways new technologies may provide a better coordinated and effective assistance during humanitarian crises.

From  July 7 to July 10, a series of free webinars organized by iMMAP  Colombia exposed successful cases from countries all over the world,  focusing on a wide range of fields (health, food security, money  transfer, transportation), with the participation of international  experts in data analysis, mapping technologies, remote sensor  technologies, social media studies, and much more

“New data-driven capabilities have changed the way we identify needs, target interventions, plan responses, and measure impact”, said prof. Ciro  Cattuto, ISI Foundation Principal Scientists and coordinator of the Data  Science for Social Impact and Sustainability area, who joined the webinar with a talk titled “Data Collaboration for Public Health”,  discussing a few case studies on how privately-held data can generate public value by informing the response to humanitarian crises and to public health threats.

“Innovation and use of new technologies in humanitarian crises: what is being done and what can be done”. International webinar. July 7-10, 2020, iMMAP  Colombia. Link