New Case Studies on ICTs, Climate Change and Disaster Management

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Richard Heeks

Oct 26, 2011, 8:41:05 AM10/26/11
Three new case studies analysing ICT applications for climate-related disaster management are available online at:
The cases can be used for practitioner/strategy guidance, training materials, or research.
Each case outlines the nature of the ICT application, the drivers and objectives behind the case, its stakeholders, an evaluation of cost/benefit and success/failure, analysis of key enablers and challenges, and a summary set of lessons learned and recommendations.
Pakreport: Crowdsourcing for Multipurpose and Multicategory Climate-Related Disaster Reporting investigates use of Ushahidi software for crowdsourced, SMS-based reporting from the ground during climate-related disasters, taking the case of recent floods in Pakistan.
Role of ICTs in Early Warning of Climate-Related Disasters: A Sri Lankan Case Study describes a multi-modal, mobile-based early warning system implemented in Sri Lanka.
Using Mobile Phones to Reduce the Adversities of Climate Change in Rural Nepal analyses a multi-purpose mobile phone initiative for farmers that incorporates agricultural and early warning information systems.
Links to thematic papers, strategy briefs and other materials on ICTs, climate change and development can be found at:
We encourage you to share ideas on ICTs, climate change and development via and comment on key issues at:
These case studies are the product of the University of Manchester's "Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs" research project, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre ( and managed by the University's Centre for Development Informatics (
Richard Heeks & Angelica Ospina
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