From earthquakes to unrest: new platform boosts community resilience in a crisis
"It's very rare that computer scientists think about the definition of 'resilience', or get to work with the users of a tool," says Shadrock Roberts of the Kenyan non-profit social enterprise Ushahidi, a partner in the COMRADES project. But this is precisely what happened when a diverse consortium of researchers got together to create a platform to support community resilience during a crisis.
The team behind the EU-funded COMRADES project has its sights set on empowering communities – through socio-technical solutions – to help them reconnect, respond to and recover from crisis situations. These could include an earthquake, criminal threat or unrest during elections.