IIT-D, ICRC Sign MoU to Launch Technology Platform


The aim of the Humanitarian Policy and Technology Platform is to generate and facilitate discussions and research on new technologies for humanitarian action

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with humanitarian institution International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for launching a Humanitarian Policy and Technology Platform.

The aim of the platform is to generate and facilitate discussions and research on new technologies for humanitarian action. It also aimed at making the new technologies of warfare compliant with the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Address humanitarian action with technology

Commenting on the development, Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT-D said, “IIT Delhi is honoured and excited to join hands with the ICRC to develop this Humanitarian Policy and Technology Platform, which will draw upon both the ICRC’s long history and unique expertise in supporting humanitarian activities and IIT Delhi’s deep expertise in technology and emerging focus on public policy.

“We believe this platform will play an important role in responding to the challenges and opportunities in humanitarian action in an era of rapid technological advances. I am confident the two institutions can work together to develop knowledge and solutions that will advance significantly the humanitarian cause in the Asia region and beyond,” Rao added.

Jeremy England, Head of the Regional Delegation, ICRC, said, “The ICRC is excited about this partnership with IITD, an institute of great eminence here in India. We hope that this Humanitarian Policy and Technology Platform will bring together experts from IIT, ICRC and multiple stakeholders from the Asia region and beyond to address current global humanitarian policy challenges in the context of ever evolving technologies.

As always, Red Cross will bring a focus on the people most affected by humanitarian crises and looks forward to learning from scientific and policy expertise of the many stakeholders in this initiative,” he said.

To bring subject experts together

The Platform would facilitate in bringing together the experts along with an appropriate ecosystem of partners for reviewing and defining global humanitarian procedures and future technology applications to address humanitarian needs.

With ever-changing technologies, the Humanitarian Policy and Technology Platform becomes important, as it will help to create dialogue between the worldwide humanitarian policy and field experience of ICRC and the expertise of technological development and impact of IIT-D.