End of July I, Christophe Billen, Project Leader for People's Intelligence,went to Geneva and presented PI to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a meeting organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Committee for the Red Cross (
The Word of Relief Spider Network brings to our attention the beauty of ethnic diversity! Did you know there are 42 indigenous languages spoken in Kenya? Many have heard of some of the tribes where those languages are spoken - Maasai, Kikuyu, Luo and Kalenjin to name just a few.
The Maasai are the tall slender guys you mostly see in movies or on adverts wearing red and blue blankets. The Maasai women wear beaded necklaces and bangles. They speak a language called Maa. In fact most foreigners think that every Kenyan is a Maasai.
HelpAge International, Valid International and Brixton Health are developing an innovative method of assessing the needs of older people in emergencies, including their nutritional needs. The Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP) is meant to offer a simple, quick, reliable, robust and cost effective method for assessing the nutritional status and vulnerabilities of older people in emergencies.
In early July (a few days post the end of our funding) we launched CMAM Report, the fully revised and updated version of the old MRP access software. The software is a comprehensive monitoring and reporting package for global reporting of all CMAM components, developed in consultation with the wider nutrition community. Previously an access based software; it has now been developed into an online reporting system for CMAM with offline capability.
By introducing mobile phone surveys, the World Food Programme has improved the way it monitors food security in remote areas. Here, WPF food security analyst Jean-Martin Bauer explains the process behind innovating the organisation’s traditional survey approach.
I'm proud to announce that Amnesty International has signed a letter of intent, pledging among other things to host a development workshop in London in Q4 2014 to elicit their needs and requirements to develop and run PI; share with us their crowdsourcing expertise; help test first prototypes; identify possible pilots and assist running them; and once PI reaches operational maturity and conforms to Amnesty's needs and requirements to make use of it in pursuit of their mandate.
To ensure that future collaborations are committed, a draft MOU between CARE Bangladesh and its technical and implementing partners has been actioned and finalised. All relevant partners and stakeholders will be present for a MOU signing ceremony to be organised by mid July 2014.
The recent Humanitarian Innovation Conference, hosted by the Humanitarian Innovating programme at Oxford University, was a new forum for a topic that is gathering interest in the humanitarian world.
Innovations presented at the conference ranged from flying cars to online libraries and new response management processes. Innovators were equally varied, from one-person enterprises to staff from large United Nations Agencies and big names from the private sector.
With the assistance of our Reference and Advisory Board we established our first contacts with international organizations headquartered in Geneva and have a first series of meetings lined up for the end of July to present them with the concepts and ideas underpinning PI and discuss possible cooperation in developing PI with their needs and requirements at heart. We’ll share the results of these meetings in a subsequent post.