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1 June 2016

Launch Of UN Data Innovation Lab Workshop Series

On behalf of the broader UN community, WFP and UNICEF facilitated the first Data Innovation Lab workshop at technology think tank Singularity University to harness the power of digital growth and the data revolution for sustainable development. 

31 May 2016

How I Became An International Aid Worker: Sogol Akef

As an engineer for the World Food Programme, no two days are ever the same for Sogol Akef. From constructing roads in Afghanistan to rebuilding communities following a disaster, she tells us what inspired her to choose this line of work and how she got there.

Climate Change
31 May 2016

Joining efforts for disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean

When a natural disaster hits, the impact is inevitable and usually leaves in its path high levels of destruction with long-term consequences. The better a country is prepared, the better it will respond to help its population to cope with the effects of a hurricane, a drought or an earthquake. 

31 May 2016

OpEx Bravo 2015

Sleepless nights, stressful days, great people…it must be OpEx Bravo 2015!

31 May 2016

The IT Guru of Kathmandu

Bhawana Upadhyay is standing knee-deep in IT equipment in a wooden hut on the outskirts of Stuttgart waiting to roleplay her socks off as part of OpEx Bravo, an intensive disaster simulation exercise organized by the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), led by WFP.

31 May 2016

The Rockstars of Vanuatu

ETC partner, Ericsson Response, strikes a chord on Tanna.

30 May 2016

LESS- The Long Way Round

The path to delivering LESS mobile connectivity kits has been long and the team involved has overcome its fair share of challenges. With the third wave of the kits on the brink of being rolled out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the team can heave a collective sigh of relief. But have their efforts been worth it? 

30 May 2016

One week on from Lessons Learnt, what's been learned?

Spending three whole days in an echoey classroom in a dusty warehouse discussing problems and mistakes made isn't everyone's idea of fun. But in the emergency world it's a necessity and this is why a Lessons Learnt exercise covering Vanuatu, Nepal and West Africa was planned.

30 May 2016

Fiji Calling

After spending a few hours running around the warehouse in Dubai packing the vital IT equipment needed to respond to Tropical Cyclone Winston, Rob Buurveld was soon settling in to an 21-hour trip to Fiji. A senior IT specialist in the Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST), WFP IT's emergency response team, Rob was deployed to carry out a number of critical assessment missions spread over three groups of outer lying islands which saw the full impact of Winston's power.

29 May 2016

The IT Dream Team in C.A.R.

It is said that in challenging times strong relationships are built. Proving this might be true, two Togolese IT specialists are working hand in hand to achieve one objective: to provide vital communications services to the response community in Central African Republic (C.A.R.) - one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time, now in danger of being forgotten.

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Fighting Hunger Worldwide