Only 20% of the world’s population live in industrialized nations and enjoy the benefits of technology. For the other 6 billion people, technology has almost zero impact.
Taking the idea that technology has the purpose to serve human beings, a major challenge for innovators is how they can unleash the public value of their innovations, so they can contribute to solving global poverty and provide sustainable change to the poor.
Technology has a large role to play in the improved quality of life and economic development of poor communities. But, the technology needs in developing regions differ vastly to those in industrialized nations in terms of cost, power and usage. Using existing off-the-shelf technology designed for the industrialized world is often a poor fit, resulting in hit-and-miss outcomes for developing nations.
At iAID we envision a world where technology and innovation are a natural part of any humanitarian effort, empowering both communities in need and those delivering the aid.
iAID works responsibly and effectively to harness the power of innovation and technology to save lives, alleviate suffering and empower communities to live the kind of life they value.
- To provide immediate humanitarian support in times of emergency, with an emphasis on the use of technological tools, if appropriate.
- To work alongside technology innovators, social entrepreneurs, impact investors, businesses, governments and other not-for-profit partners to lead and guide the development and application of technological solutions for sustainable long-term development outcomes.
- To lead research and drive innovation and investment in technological tools to provide realistic, sustainable, socially- and economically-impactful solutions to some of the world’s most challenging humanitarian issues.