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

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The next RAM-OP field test, coupled with a classic SMART survey for comparison, is going to take place in Tanzania, in Kibaha District Council, west of Dar es Salaam. This district counts around 6,000 older people (60 years or more), and is largely rural. It is split in 11 administrative divisions (wards) and has more than 50 villages, each surrounded by hamlets. HelpAge has a long-term partner working with the communities, the Good Samaritan Social Service Trust (GSSST).

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.

Server development for early warning dissemination in progress

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.   

Humanitarian Innovation - what's the plan of action?

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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. 

First steps

We’ve started!

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.

Healing psychological scars in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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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.

A male nurse, Jean de Dieu, sits amongst eight women who have gathered for a group therapy session in a hospital room in South Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

WFP calling…what did you eat today?

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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.

Data Entry and Initial Findings

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We have received surveys from South Korea (200 in total) and data entry has been completed for all surveys in Nepal and South Korea (1000 in total). However, we have only just received surveys from Qatar due to a delay in transferring the hard copies to Nepal. However, data entry on this should be completed within the next week. During the data entry process, the research officer has made the following observations: