Drones in Humanitarian Action
Commercial drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are increasingly used in a wide range of humanitarian contexts. For years, WeRobotics (and before it the Humanitarian UAV Network) provided professional, in-person trainings in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the US to improve the safe, responsible, coordinated and effective use of drones to support humanitarian efforts. Trainees have included humanitarian professionals from dozens of organizations including:
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN/OCHA), UN Development Program (UNDP), UNICEF, World Food Program (WFP), Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Direct Relief, NetHope, Medair, Global Medic, USAID, FEMA, AAAS, MIT Lincoln Labs, European Commission, ACF International, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), local universities and national & local stakeholders including National Disaster Management Organizations in Peru, Myanmar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Dominican Republic, Maldives, Fiji, Seychelles and beyond.
With the launch of the WeRobotics Online Training Institute, WeRobotics is now making this unique training available online to even more organizations and professionals. The online training, Drones in Humanitarian Action, has been prepared by the AidRobotics Team at WeRobotics. Together, this team brings over 40 years of professional experience in humanitarian aid, complex emergencies and humanitarian technologies. WeRobotics will continue to provide in-person trainings through their growing network of Flying Labs in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific in addition to customized trainings for partner organizations.
The new online training launched by WeRobotics is instrumental for anyone engaged in—or expecting to support future—disaster response efforts. The course will be of equal interest to participants who want to better understand what it takes to lead humanitarian drone missions safely, responsibly and effectively. As such, the training is also ideal for drone companies including pilots working in the commercial space. That said, no background in disaster response or drones is required for this foundational course.