A Fragile Link: Disaster Relief, ICT and Development

Carleen Maitland, Nicolai Pogrebnyakov, Annemijn F. van Gorp

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When disasters strike and aid agencies pour in to help the survivors they are increasingly making use of advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs). For remote areas of developing countries, this use of ICTs may be the community' s first exposure to these technologies. And while the role of these ICTs is primarily linked to disaster response and recovery, in certain situations they can be transitioned for use in development programs. This paper discusses the crucial factors in design and deployment of relief ICTs that are likely to influence their ultimate use as tools for development. Derived from cases developed through secondary data, the factors are broken into those related to communication technology transfer and those related to information technology transfer. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are also discussed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on information and Communications Technologies and Development. ICTD 2006
EditorsKentaro Toyama
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Publication date2006
ISBN (Print)1424404851
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development 2006 - Berkeley University, Berkeley, United States
Duration: 25 May 200626 May 2006


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development 2006
LocationBerkeley University
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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