Technological Innovation for Humanitarian Aid and Assistance

This document can also be found on the official webiste of the European Parliamentary Research Service: Providing timely and adequate humanitarian assistance to people affected by a humanitarian crisis is an increasingly challenging task, due to the growing needs of people and the increasingly complex nature of the crisis. Conflict and protracted crises leave 135.7 million people in need of international humanitarian assistance (UNOCHA, 2018). The current scale of humanitarian need is placing the humanitarian system under considerable strain. During the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon urged the global community to commit to the 'Agenda for Humanity' to address the challenges in the humanitarian sector with the aim of preventing and helping to reduce human suffering during crises. The Agenda outlines 5 core responsibilities and 24 transformations to better meet the immediate humanitarian needs of affected populations, whilst reducing risk and vulnerability (UN, 2016a). UN Member States, international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the private sector and other stakeholders in the humanitarian domain have announced their commitment to the 'Agenda for Humanity' (UN, 2016b). This resource is part of the collection "Digitalizing humanitarian action". Collections are monitored daily and new content is added.