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The Responsibility of the Many

It was early September 2017. Victoria Maskell, based in UNICEF’s Panama office, was sitting in an emergency meeting about Hurricane Irma, “looking at the terrifying swirl of red with yellow, green and then blue edges moving towards the Caribbean.” The hurricane, which had strengthened into a Category 5 storm, would do considerable damage once it hit landfall, and Maskell was looking for ways to support emergency preparedness for local populations that might be otherwise unreachable.

Her thoughts turned to U-Report, a mobile empowerment platform created by UNICEF, an international United Nations agency that provides children with access to health and education. UNICEF had created the platform to take advantage ...

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