The UPS International Disaster Relief Award (Small Company)
Winner: iDT Labs
iDT Labs developed a hazard payment solution which helped to prevent the collapse of the healthcare system in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis and established their reputation in ICT for development.
Read the full case study.
What the judges thought:
As the health system was on the brink of collapse in Sierra Leone, iDT developed a solution to pay the emergency workers in Sierra Leone. This programme is immensely inspiring. It is amazing how a company of this size tackled such a challenging issue at such speed in the midst of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.
Putting their core business to one side and creating a solution and ensuring its longevity at a time of great need, when the health service was on the brink of collapse, and in a context that is not used to ICT solutions, is incredible.
This programme is an exceptional example of applied skills, commitment and great local partnerships.
What the CEO of iDT Labs said:
The 2014 Ebola epidemic was an unprecedented crisis in Sierra Leone,with the country’s nascent economy coming to a complete standstill. Heading a startup whose mandate was to use technology for creating long-lasting social impact, I believed it was our duty to help in alleviating the crisis. Our team’s expertise in payroll systems and open source technology, coupled with insights about the local conditions enabled us to create a solution that was attuned to the ground realities. “All businesses, from big corporations right down to the small players, must always be responsive to any disasters that threaten to upend the ecosystem in which they operate. Only by demonstrating conscientious corporate citizenry can businesses both protect their interests as well as ensure the longevity of the economy, even in testing times.
Salton Arthur Massally, CTO, iDT Labs
What the Chair of the judging panel said:
iDT Labs have highlighted how a tiny company can deliver at speed such scale and impact. A small group of young people with amazing talent have demonstrated the power of a strong solution at a time of great need. The simplicity of the programme, the great power of ICT, and speed of execution made makes this programme replicable and scalable. It is quite simply amazing.
Luis Arriaga, Managing Director UK, Ireland and Nordics, UPS