LifeSaving 2.0: Mobile Apps for Humanitarians

  • Devex
  • August 30, 2013
LifeSaving 2.0: Mobile Apps for Humanita

Mobile applications have flooded the market in recent years. Some of the most innovative ones help to improve maternal and child health, connect farmers to markets, and advance financial inclusion among poor people.

But what about mobile apps for humanitarians? They are quite a few. Here are seven mobile apps catering to humanitarians at work and at heart:

Aid Worker Safety
Developer: Francois Pelcran
Available for Android 2.2 or later (English) and iOS
4.3 or later (French) devices

Touted as the “first safety and security application for humanitarian workers,” it hosts safety and security guidelines, country profiles and operational tools for safety audits, among other things.

Global Emergency Overview
Developer: Assessment Capacities Project
Available for Android 2.2 or later and iOS 5.0.1 or later devices

A weekly update on major disasters, with the goal of informing humanitarian decision makers.

Humanitarian Kiosk
Developer: United Nations
Available for iOS 5.0 or later devices

This app promises real-time humanitarian-related information from emergencies worldwide, even when offline.

Developer: Boom Mobile
Available for Android 1.6 or later and iOS 3.1 or later devices

With this app, you can get the latest information on the International Committee of the Red Cross's activities worldwide, along with photos, videos and publications on current humanitarian issues.

Developer: European Commission
Available for iOS 4.3 or later devices

This app is designed to “tap the abundant information about disasters available from people who actually experience them.”

Natural Disaster Monitor
Developer: dominoc925
Available for Android 2.2 or later devices

The Android clone of iGDACS, this mobile app taps information published by the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System so users can monitor natural disasters worldwide through a color-coded alert system (green, orange and red).

Relief Central
Developer: Unbound Medicine
Available for Android 2.2 or later and iOS 4.3 or later devices

This app aims to assist relief workers, first responders and others serving in emergency relief situations by giving them access to news from various aid groups, travel health advice such as vaccinations, and disaster assessment and response information.

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