The 2012 InterAction Forum

Concern Worldwide brings together a panel of humanitarian experts for a dynamic discussion about the role of technology when responding to emergencies

From GIS mapping to SIM card cash transfers, technology is rapidly changing the way we conduct our programs.  The benefits are many, including improved coordination, greater transparency, and lower administration costs, but are there unforeseen risks in having a greater reliance on technology? Does the rise of technology-driven methods come at the expense of proven, but perhaps less ‘flashy’ community-based approaches?

This 2012 InterAction Forum workshop will bring together experts from the international NGO community, the private sector and the United Nations to discuss the potential “hidden cost” of technology and examine the application of technology during humanitarian crises.  This workshop discussion entitled ‘A Hidden Cost: Is Technology Making Us Lose Touch with Community-Based Approaches in Humanitarian Emergencies?'  will take place on May 1, 2012 4:00-5:30pm at the Lee Room in the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.  

Speakers include:

Derk Segaar (Moderator) the Chief of Communications Services of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and former Deputy Chief of Staff for both Under-Secretaries General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos and John Holmes.

Kristin Peterson the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inveneo, a non-profit social enterprise focusing on Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in rural areas throughout the developing world. Kristin has more than 20 years of business and new market development experience, primarily in the technology and communications industries.

Linda Raftree the Senior Information and Communications Technology Advisor for Plan International USA who also writes 'Wait... What?’ a blog widely read by development practitioners and technologists interested in the intersection of technology and development. She has been listed as one of the Guardian’s Top 20 Global Development Tweeters.

Dominic MacSorley  the Operations Director for Concern Worldwide US is a 30-year veteran of international humanitarian and development aid, whose work has included leading emergency operations in Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur (Sudan), the Democratic Republic of Congo and more recently, Haiti.