ICTs, Climate Change and Adaptation / Disaster Management: New Online Papers

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Richard Heeks

Apr 22, 2011, 8:23:29 AM4/22/11
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Two new papers on ICTs, climate change and developing countries are available online at: http://www.niccd.org/resources.htm


ICT-Enabled Development of Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation by Laxmi Prasad Pant & Richard Heeks argues that mobiles have been helpful in building informational capacities for climate change adaptation.  However, emergent, self-organised, transformational adaptation may need to build more on telecentre-based models, and should focus more on holistic rather than climate-specific applications.


Disaster Management, Developing Country Communities & Climate Change: The Role of ICTs by Nonita Yap argues ICTs have a central role in management of climate-related disasters.  But strategic changes are needed.  Information systems should be development- rather than disaster- or climate-focused.  More interoperable and routinely-used rather than specialised applications are required.  ICTs should be used more to enable accountability of disaster response efforts.


We encourage you to share ideas on ICTs, climate change and development via http://groups.google.co.uk/group/niccd and comment on key issues at: http://niccd.wordpress.com


These papers are the product of the University of Manchester's "Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs" research project, funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (http://www.idrc.ca) and managed by the University's Centre for Development Informatics (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/cdi).


Richard Heeks & Angelica Ospina


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