Technology alone won't launch 'drones for good' from pilots to progress

Drones in Malawi used for mapping. Photo by: Anouk Delafortrie / European Union / CC BY-NC-ND

SAN FRANCISCO — The first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa became operational just over a year ago.

The air corridor in Malawi is intended to be a safe space for operators to perform test flights, work out kinks, and make improvements to unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs.

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    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.