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Digital Humanitarianism

In this digital day and age, the way we can help people is changing. Digital Humanitarianism is changing the world. Being able to help people in need on the ground is essential. But this is not available to everyone. However, digital humanitarianism is opening doors for those who can’t make it to the field. This is a new way to help. Digital Humanitarianism is leveraging online tools and knowledge. Now, volunteers from every corner of the world have the opportunity to respond to emergencies in real-time.

What is Digital Humanitarianism?

When a disaster strikes or conflict breaks out, it’s all hand on deck. Many people deploy to provide assistance directly. Digital humanitarians help in a different way. Digital humanitarians are volunteers and tech teams who work tirelessly in real-time to analyze data. This helps to enable faster and more efficient relief. For example, when Ecuador was hit by an earthquake in 2016, hundreds of people pitched in to develop precise crisis-mapping. This helped teams on the ground target rescue missions and aid delivery. Similarly, data analysis from tweets and social media can help identify victims and send teams where they are needed. Practically, digital humanitarians work to constantly update information on a disaster. In a rapid-onset emergency or a sudden conflict situation, this helps to save lives.

Digital Humanitarian Network

One of the largest platforms for digital humanitarians is the Digital Humanitarian Network. This organization works with all types of volunteers. The volunteers mine through data, develop crisis maps, analyze information, and more. Their members include professional tech companies but also tech-savvy volunteers who are not necessarily professionals. The idea behind the Digital Humanitarian Network is simple: they quickly crowd-source solutions when disasters strike. For example, an organization can send them an activation request, and they will respond within hours. Their past activations include Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, the Ecuadorean Earthquake in 2016, and also the Nepal Earthquake in 2015.

Supporting Humanitarians on the Ground

The information provided by digital humanitarians supports those working on the ground. It’s a way to ensure that aid is delivered safely and efficiently. Humanitarians in the field continue to play the key role. They provide direct help to victims and survivors. At Raptim, we are proud to say that we help you get on the ground. Similarly, to digital humanitarians, we work in the background to allow humanitarians to focus on the essentials of the mission. Helping people is wonderful. Raptim takes care of all humanitarian travel needs. We also accompany our travelers during their mission through our duty of care solutions.

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