NAIROBI — The world is facing an unprecedented number of crises. Politics, natural disasters, and climate change are fueling crises at a faster rate than the humanitarian sector is able to mobilize and respond. Now, funding is spread thinly and humanitarians are expected to do more with less. Because of this, the sector often looks to new data and information communication technology innovations to help humanitarian responses, such as implementing the use of drones, biometrics, and mobile technology.
What role can faith play in innovation?
Despite perceptions, a growing number of faith-based aid organizations are pursuing innovations in the way they work.
But not everybody agrees with how technology has been integrated into humanitarian approaches. These innovations often raise ethical questions about whether the rights and security of beneficiary populations have been properly accounted for in the rollouts of these new programs.