Oisin Walton Lead for the Instant Network Programme, Vodafone Foundation
Oisin Walton joined Vodafone Foundation in 2011 leading the Instant Network Programme, an initiative combining funding, technology and employee expertise designed to rapidly deploy mobile networks in disasters situations to help victims stay in touch with their loved ones and aid agencies better coordinate. Vodafone Foundation currently has 70 volunteers in 20 countries and equipment pre-positioned around the globe to respond to emergencies with its humanitarian partners.
Since 2011, the Instant Network Programme has enabled over 3 million calls by disaster victims or refugees in remote areas on 6 missions in Kenya, South Sudan, Philippines, Vanuatu and Nepal. Vodafone Foundation won the 2013 GSM Association Award for best of use of mobile in emergencies after its deployment to the Philippines in 2012 after Typhoon Bopha.
In 2013 and in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Instant Network Programme was extended to enhance quality learning for refugees and connect schools in refugee camps using mobile technology. Over 26,000 students are currently benefiting from the Instant Network Schools programme in Congo, South Sudan and Kenya. Prior to joining Vodafone Foundation, Oisin Walton worked 7 years at NGO Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) first as Head of Communications and Partner relations at TSF’s HQ in France, then as Head of Asia-Pacific at their regional base in Bangkok, Thailand.
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