Oxfam to forge IT relationships to aid disaster recovery

Oxfam is looking to tap into the IT skills of multinational companies during the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami disaster.

The charity wants to set up long-term relationships with companies that have IT staff and resources around the world that they can make available in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Oxfam also wants to be able to tap into the skills of UK-based IT professionals to fill any gaps in its own IT operations caused by key members of its IT department travelling to disaster zones to provide on-the-spot IT support to survivors and aid workers.

“We have been particularly struck by the offers of help from individuals and companies in the IT sector, where there is an overwhelming sense of wanting to do something to make a difference,” said Simon Jennings, Oxfam’s head of information services.

“One of the most complex IT issues in humanitarian response is fielding experienced staff, as they inevitably stop other work to attend the disaster site. This then leads to ‘backfill’ requirements, typically in our country offices around the world,” he said.

Companies interested in providing skills should call 01865-312 012 or e-mail: companies@oxfam.org.uk

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