Author: Barbara Barry and Landon Newby
Full Citation: Barry, B., & Newby, L. (2012). Use of technology in emergency and post-crisis situations. IIEP – UNESCO.
Overview: Within recent years, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been playing an increasingly important role within the field of education in emergencies. This can be seen not only in the use of ICTs by humanitarian workers for their information, coordination and communication needs during emergency preparedness, response and recovery, but also in the increasing potential for ICTs to be used for improving education provision and access during an emergency (IIEP-UNESCO, 2010). As new technologies continue to be developed and existing technologies continue to penetrate deeper into developing and crisis affected communities, the question arises:
- What opportunities can new technologies offer as catalysts for overcoming certain obstacles facing education in emergencies and post-crisis situations and for improving agencies’ various activities in these difficult contexts?
Findings: This report presents the study’s findings of examples of technology and projects which are relevant to education stakeholders in emergencies. The different examples are organized according to four major areas of activity and subdivided into several specific activities. The four major areas are:
- Information management;
- Capacity building and knowledge sharing;
- Providing access to education in emergencies.
- ICT provision and acquisition.