The New Year finds us putting together our draft report on the type of technical evidence that already exists and this is probably a good time to share one of the unexpected things that our work has exposed.
What we are realising is that we don’t know much about how technical evidence is actually being used after it is produced (scroll down to see how we define technical evidence).
Urban participants in the Gaza Strip have differences related to their unique living situation in urban conflict prone areas; differences in the prioritization of hazards, education levels, and in communities’ cultures.
A participant presents group work identifying vulnerabilities, capacities and hazards in her area. Photo taken by Zain Abu Qasem in July 2012 in Rafah, Southern Area of Gaza Strip.
JAM, the manufacturer that will be producing the emergency response wheelchairs, is based in Suzhou in eastern China. Motivation’s supply chain controller Neil Beckitt visited the factory at the end of December.
Danish Refugee Council is piloting innovative systems for humanitarian aid in Somalia. Using SMS and social media, aid workers and beneficiaries engage in dialogue to promote transparency and accountability.
By DRC SMS Feedback team, Galkayo Field Trip Report November 2012
Our HIF Small Grant funded project closed at the end of November, with only the Final Report still to write and then submit online.
The last blog mentioned a CMPR / HIF event at Swansea University on the interim findings of the research. This event enabled us to start ‘thinking big’ in terms of any innovation and any future development of the project and research. Key outcomes from this event included:
Having spent the last few months in Haiti trying to get our collective heads around the success of the Telefon Kwa Wouj IVR system - and the vast amounts of data it is producing – it was something of a relief to take a step back and visit London last month.
The trip inadvertently ended up being something of a busman’s holiday; as well as getting to see family and friends, my stay in the UK coincided with a couple of HIF events which I was invited to talk at.
Even though it is intended for temporary use, it’s vital that the people who will be delivering emergency wheelchairs know how to fit the wheelchair properly to the user. So, one of the first activities for the implementation stage of the emergency response wheelchair project has been the development of a training course to set up and run an Emergency Response Wheelchair Service.