Making Contamination Information Available for Affected Populations in Vietnam

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is piloting a two-way communication web portal and parallel SMS service to improve and safeguard access and movements in areas contaminated by mine and other explosive hazards.

The pilot uses available data on Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and scrutinizes how data concerning potential threats to communities can be communicated to affected communities. In this way, DDG is making contamination data more widespread and accessible and thus DDG aspires to improve the level of awareness in affected communities and provide timely information.

Developing the Words of Relief Digital Exchange

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It has been a great month for the Words of Relief team following our launch in Nairobi in March. April was focused on further development of the digital application of Words of Relief: the Words of Relief Digital Exchange (WoRDE). Our goal is to create an online (and mobile) application that has two main functions:

Predicting Size Breakdown – Trial and Error

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One of the unexpected challenges we have met with the emergency wheelchairs is predicting which wheelchair sizes would be needed in an emergency.  The destination of the wheelchairs will be unknown when stock is ordered, and the general build of any population varies vastly.

Subax wanaagsan Somalia!

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After blogging about the DR Congo in recent months, we're now pleased to provide an update on Somalia. The mVAM mobile phone survey project is underway in central Somalia. Our approach is a bit different from DR Congo. Unlike in DR Congo, where we distributed phones to those we wanted to call, we chose not to do so in Somalia where 70 percent of people have mobile phones which demonstrates a deep rooted cell phone culture. 

The call center: build it or buy it?

Finalizing the Questionnaire

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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 and earthquake risk, particularly through building construction practices. Within this, the research project will also identify how migrant workers receive information and communicate with their households.

Humanitarian Genome Knowledge Management Tool Available for use!

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A HIF-funded project conducted by the University of Groningen has launched its prototype innovation - the Humanitarian Genome (HG), which is an advanced search engine that rapidly processes and sorts through hundreds of data sources (such as evaluative reports and documented experiences). Based on the users’ requests it quickly retrieves relevant, validated and concise extracts of text, each traceable to its origin source to aid in any humanitarian response.

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Negotiating approvals

The revised paperwork in the prescribed format together with the revised proposal and Letter of Intent from HIF was submitted to the NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB) for approval at the beginning of the month.  However after reviewing the pack submitted, the NGOAB is now requesting for another letter of commitment from the donor signifying its intent to support the extension of the project and the correlating expenditure till the end of December 2014. At the time of writing this blog, the project team has initiated negotiation with the donor to address the most recent request from the NGOAB.

First test in Burkina Faso

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". ZAK has now been tested for the first time.

I did it! I’ve passed my first ‘crash test’ in Burkina Faso. And what a test it was!

Building partnerships

Operations were fully resumed after the national elections and the project team initiated steps to revise the relevant paperwork for submission to the NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB) based on HIF’s approval of the revisions and the conditional agreement to extend the project beyond its current stipulated end date. Subsequently preparations were made to meet the Secretary of Disaster Management and Relief to coincide with the submission of the revised documents to the NGOAB for approval ideally by the first week of February 2014.

Finding our voice: insights after two survey rounds

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This post covers the results of our first phone survey rounds in Goma, as well as updates on response rates. Food consuption worsens in Mugunga 3 Camp as assistance is suspended.

The data shows that more households have become food insecure since our baseline survey began in November 2013. The dietary diversity of the households has declined—last November, IDPs were eating maize every day but during this February and March, it was rarely consumed. Furthermore, it appears that most households have switched to cassava.