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1st Submission Idea

Digital Platform for Post-Disaster Management

Despite huge advances in disaster mitigation and preparedness measures for pre-disaster management, as well as response and relief measures to manage disasters as they unfold, post disaster management through rehabilitation (short term) and reconstruction (long term) are lagging behind.

 An interactive platform shall link disaster survivors with the requisite individuals, communities and organisations that are needed to help them reconstruct their fractured lives.

How could digital technologies provide a solution to this challenge?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) shall break down barriers and provide connectivity to the nearest, post-disaster care support system.  Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain technology (I stand to be advised on this) and Financial Technology (FinTech) shall be used for continuous data collection, verification and sharing, for use in the prediction, modelling and simulation of the expected (future) process and cost of post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction.

edited on 29th January 2019, 20:01 by Josephine Muchogu

Josephine Muchogu 2 weeks ago

Good evening Imoleayo, Tanya, Charles,
I thought that I would just close the loop on the disaster management cycle.

Imoleayo tackles pre-disaster management.
Tanya tackles disaster response.
I thought it fitting that post-disaster management should also be given consideration.

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Tanya Le Roux 2 weeks ago

Hi everyone
Yes a complete end-to-end solution would be ideal. However, from your comments I have noticed that you all allude to difficulties and challenges you have faced in developing information/communication tools for each part of the disaster life cycle.
My suggestion would be that such a project would need a three phase approach, after identifying a particular geographical area to focus on:
1. Gain insight into the current situation in terms of what is available, what has happened before and how it was managed. This will guide us toward solutions.
2. Try to develop a solution on paper which can be widely discussed and scrutinised.
3. Then only get into the development of a solution.
Although this can guide the basics of a project, we all know that unforeseen challenges, especially in the context of Africa, always come up. My biggest concern would be how to ensure buy in from governments (political and governance buy in).
What would your biggest concern be?

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Josephine Muchogu 2 weeks ago

Hi Tanya,
My biggest concern was that in Africa, post-disaster support seems to be implemented with some (unconscious) bias.

There certain vulnerable groups that who are exposed to hazards on such a regular basis, that it has become a day to day experience, warranting just relief response, with no post-disaster care. They are left to pick up and rebuild their lives on their own. Hence the proposal that they are empowered to take a driver's seat in their recovery process by seeking out the help that they need.

*In urban areas, fires, flooding and demolitions disrupt the lives of residents of informal settlements on a regular basis.
*In rural areas, conflict for resources is also rampant, regularly resulting in huge populations of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

I absolutely agree with the three-pronged approach, but I also believe that a commonly shared platform would also ease access to data that would be beneficial to all stages of disaster management, provide critical connections for individuals, communities and organisations (including government) who play a role in disaster management.

Governments are rapidly embracing e-governance as a means of delivering services to their citizens, including disaster management.
Below is a link to the UN e-Government Survey 2018 that I posted earlier in the blog section of this platform.

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Charles Clerck 2 weeks ago

Status label added: 1st Submission Idea

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