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U.N. OCHA Report Examines How Technology Is Affecting Delivery Of Humanitarian Aid

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Saturday released a new report, titled “Humanitarianism in the Network Age (including World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2012),” which examines how the accelerated use of mobile technology in the developing world is changing how private corporations, governments and humanitarian aid agencies are doing business, a press release from the agency reports. “The report imagines how a world of increasingly informed, connected and self-reliant communities will affect the delivery of humanitarian aid,” the press release states, adding, “Its conclusions suggest a fundamental shift in power from capitals and headquarters to the people aid agencies aim to assist” (4/6).