NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Internews Network's Innovative Use of Technology for Humanitarian Aid will be among the projects included at this week's annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Internews is a leader in the use of communication tools when responding to humanitarian crises, including SMS texting, crowd sourcing, health mapping, mobile integration and custom internet applications.
"This forum at the Clinton Global Initiative will put Internews' commitment in front of some of the world's most important leaders addressing global issues," said Mark Frohardt, Vice-President in charge of Humanitarian Media at Internews. "Our hope is to make connections with humanitarian response leaders at this meeting that will ultimately translate to saving more lives in future crises."
Internews commits to deepen the innovative use of new technologies in future emergency and humanitarian media response programs, enabling disaster-affected populations to better access humanitarian information and make their voices heard. The commitment to action pledges to expand programs in Haiti and Pakistan, initiate new programs in Kenya and Sri Lanka, and provide surge capacity to respond to future humanitarian disasters. It also supports the efforts of Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) (http://crisescomm.ning.com), a global consortium.
Over the past several years, Internews has emerged as a pioneer in humanitarian media, with responses that provide a steady flow of timely and accurate emergency information for those affected by natural disasters, political unrest or social upheaval.
In Haiti, Internews quickly set up a daily radio broadcast in Creole that provides life-saving information about health, aid, and rebuilding, broadcast by 36 radio stations to hundreds of thousands left homeless by the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
In August, following unprecedented floods in Pakistan that displaced millions of people, Internews worked with local radio stations in the hardest hit areas in the northwest region to ensure that journalists were able to report on the devastation and relief efforts underway.
Internews is an international media development organization established in 1982. Its mission is to empower local media worldwide to provide people with the news and information that they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard. Visit www.internews.org
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.