Topic: Mobile Technology

WhatNow Service: Early Action Tool

WhatNow Service, developed by the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s Global Disaster Preparedness Center, in partnership with Google, is designed to increase the speed and dissemination of disaster preparedness and risk reduction messages. It is founded on IFRC’s Public Awareness and  Public Education (PAPE) key messages for disaster risk reduction, covering 20+ hazards. Red Cross/Red Crescent (RC/RC) National Societies …

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Blockchain and Economic Development: Hype vs. Reality

Increasing attention is being paid to the potential of blockchain technology to address long-standing challenges related to economic development. Blockchain proponents argue that it will expand opportunities for exchange and collaboration by reducing reliance on intermediaries and the frictions associated with them. The purpose of this paper is to provide a clear-eyed view of the …

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Universal App Program

As part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) is a resource center that promotes innovation in disaster preparedness and supports learning and knowledge sharing amongst disaster preparedness practitioners worldwide. One key aspect of the GDPC’s work is promoting creative uses of technology and innovative approaches in disaster preparedness …

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Feature Phones Workshop

In response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the GDPC modified the First Aid app for release in 13 African countries to include Ebola-related content. In addition to providing information on Ebola transmission, identification and treatment, the app serves as a platform to disseminate messages and alerts through push notifications. GDPC collaborated with …

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Content Delivery to Feature Phones

A Workshop organized by the GDPC in collaborated with Social Impact Lab (SIMLab) to explore extending the project to reach portions of the population who have not yet gained access to smartphone technology, and considering ways to get the First Aid app or its content onto feature phones. Number of case stuides presented and discussed during …

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Improving disaster resilience using mobile based disaster management system

The aim of the study is to increase disaster resilience by using mobile technologies to ensure citizens play an active role in disaster management. It addresses the implementation of mobile based disaster management systems based on a study case in Izmir Province in Turkey. The use of ICTs can help to produce information and make …

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Briefing note: Comparative Review of the First Aid App

The briefing paper examines the adoption of the First Aid App by Red Cross National Societies under the Universal App Program. Specifically, it provides an outline of the program and the experiences of some of the National Societies in adopting the app in their local contexts.

Comparative Review of the First Aid app

This report presents the key insights and findings from a Comparative review of the First Aid App funded by the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC). The study was led by Trilateral Research (TRI), with support from Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), Utah State University (USU) and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC). The …

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