IRRC No. 913 25 articles

Digital technologies and war

Digital innovation today is more rapid than ever before, with potential implications for much of the societal landscape. The operating paradigm for humanitarian actors is no exception to this, nor is the unique environment of armed conflict contexts. For humanitarian actors and the communities they serve, new technologies are both a beacon of hope and a series of challenges requiring careful responses. Digital payments and machine learning may allow for more effective humanitarian action, but implementation without full consideration of...

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Protracted conflict

The average time that the ICRC has been present in its 10 largest operations is 42 years. The duration of humanitarian operations in protracted conflict settings has caused organizations like the ICRC to re-think their way of working. The humanitarian consequences of protracted situations of armed conflict are varied, including the cumulative effects of hostilities on infrastructure and healthcare systems, prolonged displacement, increased barriers to accessing essential services to provide support for vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities, and interruptions to education to name just a few. In light of the humanitarian imperative to respond to these needs in spite of the ouroboros of a seemingly endless war, the Review has dedicated this edition to protracted conflict.

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