In the wake of Haiyan, the Philippines was deemed as an ideal country to set up laboratories gathering evidence and providing insight about how digital tools can enhance community engagement and accountability to affected people. These initiatives leveraged on language and technological skills of a highly employable (and cheap) local labor force, who were enrolled in the usual suite of capacity-building and training programs that seek to empower local communities and “build resilience” in the long term. Drawing from interviews and participant observation, our project examines how digital humanitarian projects were actually tested and implemented by local techie aid workers employed in short-term, low-paid, and “dispersed labor” arrangements by global aid agencies.
We have two journal articles accepted and forthcoming from this project:
We have presented our work in the following conferences/workshops.
Our work has been featured in The Guardian Global Development page.
We are currently developing a photo essay project on local aid workers in the Haiyan response aimed at a broader readership.
For inquiries about our project, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by IOM/Alan Motus