Final Report

The final report “Drones in Humanitarian Action” is an in-depth analysis of the role that drones (also known as UAVs or RPASs) can play in humanitarian crises. It is based on two years of research as well as multiple stakeholder consultations.

Case Studies of Drone Deployments in Humanitarian Contexts

Mapping Drones

Delivery Drones

Search And Rescue Drones

Monitoring Drones


Global Drone Regulations Overview This database provides useful information on regulations, relevant national authorities and national contacts for countries world-wide

World of Drones: Flights and Regulations An up-to-date, and comprehensive database of current regulations world-wide.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Humanitarian Response – OCHA Occasional Policy Paper. June 2014.

Unmanned Aerial Systems for Rapid Mapping – ERC Scientific and Policy Reports. 4th JRC ECMLCrisis Management Technology Workshop. 2013.


Humanitarian UAV Missions from Haiti to Nepal: Towards Best Practices – UAviators. July 2015.

Team Rubicon’s Lessons from Nepal: Imagery, Assessments and Coordination – Team Rubicon. June 2015.

The ArcGIS Platform for Managing, Processing, and Sharing UAV data – ESRI. December 2014.

Webinar on UAVs in Humanitarian Response – Humanitarian UAV Network. August 2014.

Webinar on UAVs in Humanitarian Response – OACHA, Direct Relief and Nethope. June 2014.