Training Course in ICT for Disaster Response
This five (5) days training course explores how new information-, communication- and mapping technologies can be practically used to respond to disasters, augment situational awareness, improve relief coordination and much more.
The digital revolution is changing disaster response. From the earthquake in Haiti to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the recent earthquake in Nepal, a range of new tools can help national and international organizations respond faster and more effectively.
Some of these tools can help you complete your work faster and fewer mistakes some enable you to summon remote support on the fly in the middle of a disaster. Yet other tools help you make sense of the vast amount of information that is available and that can threaten to overwhelm you.
This course looks at a variety of real world examples from organizations working in the field and analyzes some of the key challenges related to access, implementation, scale, and verification that these new technologies can present. The course is designed to assist professionals in developing concrete strategies and technological skills to work amid this rapidly evolving landscape.
Who should attend
This course is beneficial too professional working in the management of disasters including decision makers, developing and planning officials, professionals in the housing, public works, governmental officials, and NGOs committed to disaster management. The course accommodates participants from all nations.
This course is designed for participants who are reasonably proficient in English and have an understanding of basic ICT concepts.
After the course, participants will be able to:
- Critically analyse both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with technology to respond to crises
- Connect relevant development and humanitarian approaches to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course
- Manage specific software platforms and utilize various technological tools for responding to and managing crises
- Design dynamic and effective strategies for using technology platforms and tools to respond to challenges in the field
- Develop confidence and critical self-awareness in working with social media, maps, and mobile technologies
- Participants will have access to all course content for at least 4 months after course completion so the material can be completed and revisited later.
Topics to be covered
The course will be delivered through three modules:
Introduction & Social Media for Crisis Response
- The Power of the Crowd: Digitizing the Response
- Information Overload: Verification, Analysis, and Decision Making in Real-Time
- How Social Media was Used in Response to the Earthquake in Haiti, Nepal and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
- Tools: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tomnod, AIDR
- Tools collaborative Mapping in a crisis
Mapping the Crisis – New Techniques for Disaster Response and Preparedness
- Differences Between Ushahidi and Open Street Map
- Producing and using maps for disaster response
- Damage mapping with Open Street Map (with examples from the Haiti, West Africa, Philippines and – hopefully – Nepal)
- How Maps are Supporting the Ongoing Ebola Response
- Online Mapping without a Mobile Internet Connection
- Crowdsourcing Remote Mapping and Image Identification
- Tools: OpenStreetMap, Ushahidi, TomNod, Field Papers
- ICT tools for tracing and restoring family links
Mobile Response: How Mobile Technology is Changing Disaster Response
- Collecting Data in the Field with Mobile Devices
- SMS Campaigns for Early Warning and Crisis Prevention
- Smartphones and Apps for Disaster Response
- Using Secondary Data to Track Population Movements
- Tools: ODK, Kobo Toolkit, TextIt, Magpi, FrontlineSMS
Looking Ahead: Where New Technologies are Taking Us
- What Roles can Drones play in Humanitarian Emergencies
- Using the Web for De-Centralized Disaster Response
- The Responsibility to Protect Data – How NGOs can Protect Sensitive Information
Presentation of course project by participants
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professionals and trainers in these fields.
All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with a certificate of participation.
The training is residential and will be held at T4D Training Centre in Westlands Nairobi, Kenya. The course fees cover the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.
All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.
We can also tailor-make our courses for you. This way, you/your organization will benefit by:
- Using own tools during the training
- Being able to choose areas of interest you wish the trainer to put more emphasis on
- Taking the course in-house or at a venue of choice
- Cutting on the cost of transport and accommodation
For further inquiries, please contact us on details below:
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +254 706 909 947
Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.
Email: [email protected]
Mobile Number: +254 706 909 947
The course fee is KES 75,000.00 or USD 1,100.00 exclusive of VAT. The course fees covers the course tuition, training materials, two (2) break refreshments, lunch and study visits. Participants will cater for their travel and accommodation costs.
Payment should be transferred to Tech For Development – T4D account through bank on or before the course starting date.
Send proof of payment to [email protected]
Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.
- Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
- No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met
Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure