The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), in partnership with leading edge technology companies and local telecoms providers, facilitates an environment for emergency response which allows humanitarian responders, citizens and governments to have a seamless, resilient and principled communications experience to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.
The ETC is a visionary and a leader in convening the humanitarian technology community, and brokering full service communication solutions between private industry, governments, humanitarians, and communities.
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) is constantly evolving to make innovative and more effective humanitarian assistance possible – this strengthens local communities as first-responders and facilitates delivery of digital aid.
The ETC seeks to ensure that all those responding to humanitarian emergencies - including affected communities - have access to vital communications services.
ETC Strategic Priorities
The ETC facilitates connectivity services for humanitarian responders, while also expanding the types and recipients of those services. The four strategic priorities are:
- Communications as aid to enable communities to access connectivity when they need it most – in times of crisis.
- Improved and decentralized response readiness to ensure local people, processes and equipment solutions are ready to activate rapid communications responses to disasters.
- Increased communications resilience to disasters to help affected governments safeguard systems and prepare for responses when disasters strike
- Enhanced communications and energy to enable a wider group of traditional and non-traditional humanitarian responders to save and improve lives.