In its relation with the United Nations, the Ericsson Response program is known as “First on the Ground”. The “First on the Ground” partnership use private sector capacity to bring the power of technology and resources directly to the service of humanity, and in particular, humanitarian relief operations.
Ericsson’s “First on the Ground” concept is designed as an in-kind contribution at the disposal of the UN system to provide and maintain effective mobile communications equipment and expertise for humanitarian relief operations. The UN-Ericsson partnership, which is facilitated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), involves UN agencies that address emergency response and mitigation as well as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Partnership with relief organizations will typically include: