Jason Palmer from the BBC recently spent some time avoiding sniper fire and being held hostage during the World Food Programme’s information and communications technologies (ICT) training — funded by the Vodafone Foundation and UN Foundation. Count me jealous (see videos below and after the jump). He boils down the importance of the training:
ICT experts are often the first “boots on the ground” after a disaster – and increasingly, aid agency workers are directly targeted. Attacks on the UN offices in Baghdad in 2003 and Algiers in 2007 stand as the starkest reminders that the rules of engagement are shifting.