ICT is an Important Haiti Earthquake Response

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, like the earthquake in Haiti, the need to communicate is immense. From the search for loved ones, to coordination of humanitarian relief, to simple messages of "I'm alive," between family members.

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In fact, Secretary Clinton mentioned the three highest proprieties for the US government efforts will be communications, electricity, and transportation.

Ushahidi in Haiti: What’s Needed Now

My main experience with disasters comes from working at an international development organization in El Salvador and happening to be the only senior manager who wasn’t on annual vacation when a huge earthquake struck almost exactly 9 years ago, on January 13, 2001. The rush to act was immediate, and it was a lot of learning by doing.  I got handed the responsibility by fate I suppose and didn’t do such a bad job of it, if I do say so.

Mobile Technology is growing fast. Really really fast.

According to The World Bank Group: between 2000 and 2007 internet subscribers in low-income countries grew from 0.1 to 0.8 (per 100 people), but mobile cellular subscriptions grew from 0.3 to 21.5 (per 100 people).
With this market statistic in mind, social entrepreneurship has been moving strongly to include mobile technology in its scope of work from health care (see video below) to banking.

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