When a disaster occurs or about to occur, the first and most important step for responders is to get a picture of what is happening. Which cities or villages are likely or have been affected? What are the likely or urgent needs of the population? Which roads are or likely to be blocked? These are the kind of questions that need to be answered predisaster and/or in the first hours after a disaster strikes.

Our goal, as CHA, is to analyse and highlight how critical approaches to technology can inform a more reflective humanitarian practice, enhancing the humanitarian community’s ability to grapple with the ongoing transformation of the humanitarian enterprise and its operations, through and by technology.

Our Solutions

(1) Geospatial Technologies and Early Warning:

Geographic Information System (GIS) can create crisis map that can be an important tool for emergency aid efforts, because it helps to make sense of the big data generated pre- and during a disaster and organize a more efficient humanitarian response. The aim is to enable relief workers to assess conditions more quickly and support them into their decision making process.

(2) Digital technologies & Artificial Intelligence in Humanitarian Emergencies:

CHA’s Digital technologies (including Apps) & Drones in Humanitarian Emergencies works to advance the safe, ethical, and effective use of information technologies by communities of practice during humanitarian and human rights emergencies.

(3) Humanitarian (Big) Data Analytics & GeoAnalytics:

CHA’s Humanitarian (Big) Data Analytics & GeoAnalytics work leverages the potential of geospatial data and analytics including pattern analysis, geographically-weighted regression, optimization algorithms, and predictive modelling, to introduce new ways of thinking, identify targets for micro-planning and research, and optimize resource allocation for cost-effective programming.

(4) Tech-Enabled Humanitarian Logistics:

CHA works to support operational decision-making and improve the predictability, timeliness and efficiency of the humanitarian emergency response.

(5) Humanitarian Apps

CHA continues to grow its engagement and investment in partnerships and solutions that will deliver a digital humanitarian future. Humanitarian apps will specifically be made to help solve large scale issues like disaster relief, search & rescue, and resource tracking.

Target Outcomes

A humanitarian community in Africa applying data and technology-based solutions for informed decisions and actions.


Quality and Accountability Handbooks distributed


Humanitarian works Trained


Sphere Standards Training events