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Three Humanitarian Pictures Which Prove the Power of Collaboration

Providing humanitarian assistance to people in vulnerable locations, whether stricken by long-term conflict and violence or natural disasters, has become more difficult. As a result, it is becoming increasingly important to collaborate.

Humanitarian Pictures

In this article, we highlight three humanitarian pictures that symbolize some great examples of collaborations. Multiple parties can work together to get more done efficiently and effectively, or to include different types of specialties. All three pictures portray a single shared goal: to help the world’s most vulnerable people and relieve them from suffering and pain. We are grateful for compassionate humanitarians and humanitarian organizations, especially those that are willing to join hands towards achieving a better world for all.

When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Ecuador on 16 April 2016, local responders and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) worked together to make the aid delivery as seamless as possible. QCRI developed technology to collect and categorize data from social media. MicroMappers was also used to gain insights following the emergency. MicroMappers is a collaboration between the digital volunteers response agency Standby Task Force (SBTF) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). Data was collected from text and images to help humanitarian aid workers in their decision-making concerning the locations that were most in need.

Photo: Qatar Foundation

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is looking to explore new ways of collaborating. In 2005, they created the Corporate Support Group to try to find partners in the private sector to provide better services to communities in need. As a recent example, ICRC teamed up with global technology company ABB to pilot a microgrid. This grid is small enough to fit in a shipping container to provide an independent and secure power supply from renewable energy sources. Microgrids are used to ensure utility-grade power quality and grid stability. They can do that by integrating distributed energy resources that can be operated in a controlled and coordinated way and then connected to the main power grid.

Photo: International Committee of the Red Cross

This third example of humanitarian pictures that prove the power of cooperation, is about emergency aid provided to the Central African Republic (CAR). A fully loaded Norwegian aircraft with emergency aid flew to the CAR in 2014. It was a collaboration between UNICEF and the airline to help the victims in that vulnerable location.  In addition to providing an aircraft with crew, the airline also donated the equivalent of sixty thousand dollars Norwegian. In total, 360,000 dollars were needed to fill up the airplane with emergency aid. With this donation, the 'fill a plane' campaign had enough funds to take off to the CAR with fully loaded cargo.


We proudly contribute by arranging travel for humanitarians and humanitarian organizations. The images above underline what can be done through collaboration. Interested to know more of our vision, or to read more about inspirational photographs? Browse through our daily updated News & Community section.