UNICEF Taking Technology Seriously to Improve Humanitarian Efforts

UNICEF Taking Technology Seriously to Improve Humanitarian EffortsWith the technological advances that continue to improve communication, even in remote areas of the world, many nonprofit organizations are finding new and improved ways of drawing attention to and assisting those most in need.

UNICEF is one such organization with a team dedicated to such efforts.

According to a new report from Forbes, in a recent interview with UNICEF’s co-leader of Tech Innovation Erica Kochi, a discussion unfolded about how technology can be used to improve humanitarian efforts.

Erica joined UNICEF in 2007 with the goal of “fostering new types of partnerships that would bring value to the organization.” This lead Erica down a path to explore how technology, mobile devices, and social media could enhance the lives of those in need.

Erica works directly with UNICEF offices around the world to analyze and identify how technology can be used to strengthen their current programs, and help achieve their individual goals. She defines her job duty “as a connector, advocate for, and adviser on technology for development within the organization and champion a couple global initiatives around this.”

The end result of her team’s work include achievement such as RapidSMS messaging for data collection, and delivering HIV test results via mobile devices.

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