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Readying for our first requirements elicitation workshop

In one week time we will be on our way to Geneva to run our first requirements elicitation workshop with representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM),  the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC).

Women Helping Women to Overcome Trauma from Violence in Eastern Congo

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Honorine, a 26 year old nurse (left), and Marie Claire, a 31 year old nutritionist (right), are providers of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)* in Bugobe, Eastern Congo. (Jessica O’Herron/IRC)

Preparation visit in Tanzania 2: Visiting Kibaha District Council

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The next RAM-OP field test is going to take place in Tanzania: Kibaha District Council, west of Dar es Salaam. This district is largely rural. HelpAge is already working there with a partner, the Good Samaritan Social Service Trust (GSSST).

In order to prepare for the survey, I went to Tanzania in June for a week, to meet with our local partners and start recruiting the enumerators.

Finally, IVR calls coming through loud and clear

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In the past week, we finally managed to successfully call a few people in Mugunga 3 camp using an interactive voice response (IVR) system based in our Goma sub-office. People in the camp heard automated questions from WFP on their mobile phones, to which they replied by keying in answers on their touchpads. We have been placing these automated calls using Verboice, InSTEDD’s free and open source IVR software. Verboice runs on a basic laptop connected to a GSM modem.

Life saving messages go online in the right language

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‘’Sirikali tafadhali, niko  saidi mbaya kabisaa, saidia, hata watoto zangu sijui zimeenda  wapi jamaneni , naomba sirikali iingilie!!’’  This is a quote of a woman, talking in Swahili on a national television during floods at Budalangi in Western Kenya, a place frequently affected by floods. But what is she saying? She is pleading for help: She is badly off, she has lost everything, she doesn’t know where her kids are, and she is asking the government to intervene.

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 (

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