Building global bridges: Coordination bodies for improved information sharing among humanitarian relief agencies

David J. Saab, Edgar Maldonado, Razvan Orendovici, Louis Marie Ngamassi Tchouakeu, Kang Zhao, Annemijn Van Gorp, Carleen Maitland, Andrea H. Tapia

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Abstract

Information is a critical component to improved inter-agency coordination during disaster response. Coordinated information and communication technologies deployments as well as coordinated information management processes are important tools in the provision of this information. However, multilateral agency coordination faces many challenges, which has sparked the formation of coordination bodies. This research examines three such bodies and describes their organizational arrangements as well as identifies common challenges they face to effective coordination. It finds that the bodies differ on a variety of dimensions including funding mechanisms, autonomy, and number of members, which will likely have implications for the strategies they employ. Also, the coordination bodies identify a lack of standardization, capacity and information availability and analysis as challenges to improved coordination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
Pages471-483
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780615206974
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Event5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2008 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: May 4 2008May 7 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Other

Other5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2008
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period5/4/085/7/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems

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