Mapping with mobiles
12 July 2012
The report " Mapping with mobiles, Lessons learnt from the use of smartphones for fast humanitarian surveys in Zimbabwe" unveils the use of SMS service and mobile technology to map humanitarian needs and communicating it to governments and aid organisations.
Mobile telephony has long been praised for its ability to connect people to friends and families in even the poorest parts of the world. What is less appreciated is that mobile communication technology can also be utilised to create links between populations and the authorities that are supposed to assist them. One way to create such a link is through the use of smartphones for conducting fast surveys on humanitarian needs.
This report documents the experiences and lessons learnt in conducting such a survey which was piloted in Zimbabwe by a local NGO, the Humanitarian Information Facilitation Centre (HIFC).
To read the report, click here