Remittances in reducing risk to earthquakes - analyzing results

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All of the survey data has been inputted into SPSS and frequency analysis has been completed. We are now at the stage of comparative analysis to identify key issues and interesting information related to our research. Our comparative analysis will mainly focus on unskilled and semi-skilled migrant workers in both Qatar and South Korea and remittance dependent and non-dependent households. In the frequency analysis, we can already see that migrant workers in South Korea (semi-skilled) have a far higher likelihood of utilising remittances for household construction.

Listening in to Central Somalia: tracking food security and livelihood indicators for IDPs

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After three survey rounds in Somalia, the time has come to take a look at results.  As in the Democratic Republic of Congo, our operators in Somalia have been conducting live interviews by phone from a call center established in a WFP field office.  In Somalia, we ask displaced people living in camps in Central Somalia about their food consumption and the coping strategies they use.

Food consumption score: degradation as the lean season progresses

Cognitive Processing Therapy: Functionality Tool

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With support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, the International Rescue Committee is piloting Cognitive Processing Therapy in eastern DRC, a targeted mental health therapy that gives survivors of sexual violence a new way to manage distressing thoughts and overcome trauma.

Case managers use a functionality tool to identify sexual violence survivors who would benefit from specialized mental health services

We'll develop PI with the Humanitarian Community

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 Words of Relief SPIDER NETWORK

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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.

RAM-OP: Preparation visit in Tanzania: 1: Looking for maps and population figures

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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.

Introducing CMAM Report: Reflections on how we got here

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.

Home Grown Innovation at WFP

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*Please note, this is a cross post from Nesta's 'DIY: Development, Impact and You' website.

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.

We raise interest!

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.