Innovation to Impact: World Food Program coordination model for UAV use – Presented by Barry Koperberg, World Food Program UAV Working Group at the Cargo Innovation Conference, Jun 14, Venlo, The Netherlands.
The current unprecedented level of humanitarian crises requires all of us to do more with less. UAV technology can be a new driver to increase the effectiveness of humanitarian action. Like in any other industry, innovation in the humanitarian sector is not only about technology. Positive impact requires a coordinated effort to turn innovation into integrated services. The World Food Program leads most of the logistical operations for the UN and has initiated a UAV working group that will deliver a coordination model for UAV use. The model features a partnership approach and is built in dialogue with industry, governments and NGO’s.
Barry Koperberg, founder of Wings for Aid, chairs the subgroup for partnership and presents on the opportunities for UAV application (data and imaging first, cargo follows) and the work of the World Food Program UAV group. A to-the-point presentation and focus on interaction with the audience. Let’s connect the dots and pave the way for UAV innovation with humanitarian impact.
About Barry Koperberg
Barry is an independent Dutch cooperation consultant with hands-on experience in many public/private partnerships. He founded Wings for Aid as a social venture, as to speed up the innovation in humanitarian cargo logistics and to bridge the gap between available knowledge and transportation means that are currently available to humanitarian aid organisations.
About World Food Program UAV Working Group
As global lead of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), the World Food Programme (WFP) has been approached by different Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) actors to lead the coordination of this service. With the support of the Government of Belgium, WFP is designing UAV coordination solutions for implementation within the broader humanitarian emergency preparedness and response community.
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