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.
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund is funding People's Intelligence (PI), which intends to automate the collection of relevant human rights and humanitarian information from hard-to-access areas and verify it using crowd-sourcing and “dumb” mobile phones.
This month, we take a look back at the data we’ve collected so far in Democratic Republic of Congo. We also explain what we’ve done to ensure that people answer our phone surveys. Finally, we provide an update about the start of our interactive voice response calls.
We’re also glad to share a short video clip about Agnes, a resident of Mugunga 3 camp near Goma in the eastern DRC. We have been calling Agnes and people like her every month. The clip gives a good idea of how mVAM is implemented in Mugunga 3.
With support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, a programme managed by ELRHA, the earthquake risk and remittances research project from Practical Action and the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC) began in February 2014. This research project will look at the possible links between migrant remittances - where migrants send the majority of their salary to their families in their home country - and earthquake risk, particularly through building construction practices, and how organizations can best communicate with migrant workers on risk reduction issues.
Through funding by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is developing a tool to monitor zootechnical performances in Sub-Saharan countries. The tool is called the "Zootechnical Analysis Kit".
Last month I attended a workshop session in sunny Geneva, bringing together the people who’ve been involved in the development and testing of Last Mile Mobile Solutions (LMMS)[ http://www.lastmilemobilesolutions.com/]. LMMS is an information technology solution that supports ‘last mile’ management functions, by digitizing recipient lists, and recording exactly what has been distributed to who, when and where.
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.
Imagery from satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and other aircraft is being generated more and more, however after a disaster it is difficult for aid workers to determine what imagery is available and where to access it. With funding from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, OpenAerialMap (OAM) seeks to solve this by providing a simple, open way to process and provide imagery for humanitarian response and disaster preparedness.
The Words of Relief initiative, funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, offers a cost-effective solution for aid organizations and other humanitarian NGOs creating a free corpus of open, localized, disaster-response content in under-resourced languages as well as a volunteer-driven, standing network of professional translators and interpreters that can be deployed immediately in a crisis.
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.