Bekele Geleta has been the secretary-general of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since July 2008. Bekele has held various positions within the Red Cross, from serving as secretary-general for the Ethiopian Red Cross to leading IFRC’s delegation in Southeast Asia. He was general manager of international operations at the Canadian Red Cross prior to his current appointment.
Technology can turn everyone into aid workers, IFRC Secretary-General Bekele Geleta writes in this exclusive op-ed. But technology alone won’t help improve lives — using it the right way, with proper policies in place, can.
There has been growing resistance against the donor-recipient paradigm, especially among African institutions, says IFRC Secretary-General Bekele Geleta, who notes major shifts in the shape and nature of the aid architecture in this exclusive guest opinion.