Digitalisation has led to radical changes and affects all areas of society, including health, education, work and mobility. Technological solutions are becoming increasingly prevalent in the area of humanitarian assistance, too, and now influence our work.

Social media, crowdsourcing and satellite images enable us to gather information and pictures of the current situation on the ground, even in places that are hard to reach. Some technologies have become considerably cheaper and more flexible over time and are therefore affordable for a larger section of the world’s population. However, neither the potential to improve humanitarian assistance nor the associated risks of digitalisation have been sufficiently explored so far. There has also been little discussion of gender issues relating to digitalisation. One question is whether new technologies will reinforce old role models or offer opportunities for improving the position of women in traditional communities.

    Our objective

    • We are a digitalised organisation that uses new technological solutions in its humanitarian work.
    • We ensure that digital technologies are used safely so as to protect our partner organisations and the affected population.
    • Our work in the offices in Germany and abroad and the cooperation with the partner organisations is supported and made more efficient through the use of digital tools.
    • We analyse the opportunities and risks of digitalisation and use the new digital opportunities at all levels of programme planning and implementation for the benefit of people in need.

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    Hanna Pistorius

    Digitalisation Adviser