Data revolution benefiting humanitarian aid delivery

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An aid distribution centre in Ukraine, which witnessed a dramatic rise of people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2016, due to the ongoing conflict. Photo: OCHA/ReliefWeb (file photo)

Well-managed data can support efforts to deliver aid to millions of people affected by natural and man-made catastrophes, according to the head of the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA.

Stephen O'Brien said because data can "make facts our friends," it supports the decision making process and also shields aid workers from being viewed as being partial to any particular side in a crisis.

Raj Kumar sat down with Mr O'Brien and Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at telecommunications company Ericsson, on the margins of the World Economic Forum held this week in Davos, Switzerland.

Mr O'Brien began by explaining how the data revolution is benefiting aid workers.

Duration: 5'48"

 

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