The event was an excellent opportunity for networking and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing on themes such as Big Data and Artifical Intelligence (AI) for development and humanitarian action, Open Data Cubes for urban, environmental, and agricultural applications. Approximately 92 participants attended in person and nearly 200 participants attended virtually from WHO, Oxfam, WFP, Embassy of Japan, FCDO, members from governmental ministries in Malawi, Red Cross, UNICEF, FAO, Plan International, GIZ, UNDP and more.
Participants highlighted the humanitarian and development data gaps in Malawi and how these can be addressed through the provision of new technologies and improved knowledge sharing among response actors. Some of the most urgent needs included data on disaster impact, disaster early warning, and thematic infrastructure for designing programs and interventions.
We were honored to receive the Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Mr. Charles Kalemba, and the UNFPA Representative in Malawi, Ms. Young Whong, who both gave the opening speeches for the Summit. Several speakers from the private sector, government bodies, UN agencies, and NGOs presented innovations in data and IM including experts from UNICEF Malawi and Nigeria, ELLIS Alicante Foundation, National Statistics Office for Malawi, and iMMAP.