ICT for Disaster Response Course

Introduction

This five (5) days training course explores how new information-, communication- and mapping technologies can be practically used to respond to disasters, augment situational awareness, improve relief coordination and much more.

The digital revolution is changing disaster response. From the earthquake in Haiti to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the recent earthquake in Nepal, a range of new tools can help national and international organizations respond faster and more effectively.

Some of these tools can help you complete your work faster and fewer mistakes some enable you to summon remote support on the fly in the middle of a disaster. Yet other tools help you make sense of the vast amount of information that is available and that can threaten to overwhelm you.

This course looks at a variety of real world examples from organizations working in the field and analyzes some of the key challenges related to access, implementation, scale, and verification that these new technologies can present. The course is designed to assist professionals in developing concrete strategies and technological skills to work amid this rapidly evolving landscape.

Who should attend

This course is beneficial too professional working in the management of disasters including decision makers, developing and planning officials, professionals in the housing, public works, governmental officials, and NGOs committed to disaster management. The course accommodates participants from all nations.

Requirements

This course is designed for participants who are reasonably proficient in English and have an understanding of basic ICT concepts.

Duration

5 Days

Course Objectives

After the course, participants will be able to:

  • Critically analyse both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with technology to respond to crises
  • Connect relevant development and humanitarian approaches to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
  • Manage specific software platforms and utilize various technological tools for responding to and managing crises
  • Design dynamic and effective strategies for using technology platforms and tools to respond to challenges in the field
  • Develop confidence and critical self-awareness in working with social media, maps, and mobile technologies
  • Participants will have access to all course content for at least 4 months after course completion so the material can be completed and revisited later.

Topics to be covered

The course will be delivered through three modules:

Course Contents

Module I

Introduction & Social Media for Crisis Response

  • The Power of the Crowd: Digitizing the Response
  • Information Overload: Verification, Analysis, and Decision Making in Real-Time
  • How Social Media was Used in Response to the Earthquake in Haiti, Nepal and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
  • Tools: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tomnod, AIDR
  • Tools collaborative Mapping in a crisis

Module II

Mapping the Crisis - New Techniques for Disaster Response and Preparedness

  • Differences Between Ushahidi and Open Street Map
  • Producing and using maps for disaster response
  • Damage mapping with Open Street Map (with examples from the Haiti, West Africa, Philippines and - hopefully - Nepal)
  • How Maps are Supporting the Ongoing Ebola Response
  • Online Mapping without a Mobile Internet Connection
  • Crowdsourcing Remote Mapping and Image Identification
  • Tools: OpenStreetMap, Ushahidi, TomNod, Field Papers
  • ICT tools for tracing and restoring family links

Module III

Mobile Response: How Mobile Technology is Changing Disaster Response

  • Collecting Data in the Field with Mobile Devices
  • SMS Campaigns for Early Warning and Crisis Prevention
  • Smartphones and Apps for Disaster Response
  • Using Secondary Data to Track Population Movements
  • Tools: ODK, Kobo Toolkit, TextIt, Magpi, FrontlineSMS

 Module IV

Looking Ahead: Where New Technologies are Taking Us

  • What Roles can Drones play in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Using the Web for De-Centralized Disaster Response
  • The Responsibility to Protect Data - How NGOs can Protect Sensitive Information

Presentation of course project by participants

Action plan

Closure

Methodology

This instructor led training course is delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.

Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with a certificate of participation.

Training Venue

The training is residential and will be held at the T4D Training Centre in Westlands Nairobi, Kenya. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.

Accommodation

Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Training Fees

The course fee is KES 50,000.00 or USD 666.00 exclusive of VAT. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two (2) break refreshments, lunch and study visits. Participants will cater for their travel and accommodation costs.

Payment

Payment should be transferred to Tech For Development account through bank on or before the course starting date. 

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Tailor- Made

This scheduled course can also be tailored for your organization. To find out how our tailor-made training can help your organization kindly contact our team via:

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Joint bids and sub-contracting

We are available for joint bids and sub-contracting for assignments such as market studies & surveys, baseline studies, mid-term evaluations, end-term evaluations and any other scientific studies.

We will bring in our expertise to set up a mobile data collection platform, oversee, administer and manage the data collection exercise.

Event Properties

Event Date 18-11-2019 8:00 am
Event End Date 22-11-2019 5:00 pm
Capacity 100
Cut off date 18-11-2019
Individual Price USD666.00
Location T4D Training Center
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