Infographic – Technology Revolution

These infographic were created as part of the IFRC’s World Disaster Report for 2013.

The IFRC provided us with the data and the key talking points but it was up to us to simplify the data and create engaging graphics that support the data.

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Technology infographic internet usage
Technology infographic world disasters

This infographic shows the countries with most disaster-affected people in 2012.
Thailand mobile access eclipses countries like Ethiopia and Niger. In Mali the people with access to a mobile device is over 60% but internet usage is only 2%.

This is the script we used for the video and to also support the infographic.

Today, 2.7 billion people are online, almost 40% of the world’s population. There are also 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions. We are in the middle of a digital revolution that will change the face of the world. But what exactly are we changing? We have a unique opportunity to use these fascinating innovations to save lives. How? By making sure that people in the most remote areas of the world have access to the same information and technology that we praise in other parts of the world.

Information and technology can save lives before and after disasters. We need to enable people, everywhere, to be better prepared, alert, and ready in times of an emergency and immediately respond should one strike.

In fact, our experience shows that 90% of the lives saved after a disaster are saved by local people. Yet, this 90% of ‘first responders’ are often in the most vulnerable situations who are the least likely to have access to life-saving technologies. This lack of access has a major impact on people’s ability to prepare for, survive and recover from disasters. We need to harness the power of technology for all.

For that we need to build partnerships between communities, humanitarian organisations, governments and the private sector. We need to combine our unique expertise and experience—in local knowledge, disaster management, emergency health, innovation, technology, public administration and much more—to strengthen communities in the face of disasters around the world.

Using technology to improve humanitarian action and save lives is a responsibility, not a choice.

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