Speed Portal - Final Blog

As the HIF funding for this project has come to an end, a working version of the Speed Portal prototype is available for free to any organisation who is interested in using it, so our overall project goal has been accomplished. That being said, as with any project, there are things that didn’t go according to plan and while we achieved more than we set out to do on the technology front, we learned less than we hoped around the decision making process.

At the other end of the line: voices from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

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Over the past couple of months mVAM project has grown, and fast. The catalyst has been the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.

Why is it Important to Link Humanitarian Response to Social Enterprise?

By Niall Boot, GOAL Global WASH Advisor

In recent months I have found myself having conversations with a range of stakeholders on the importance of the transition between humanitarian response and development work; and there seems to be overwhelming acceptance that this is a significant challenge. In this regard I seem to be repeatedly referring people to the work being done by GOAL and Sanergy on our Humanitarian Innovation Fund project.

Developing, developing, developing… but the end is in sight

Welcome to the first blog entry of our follow up small grant from HIF in which we will work towards the finalisation of the CMAM Report software and its dissemination amongst interested agencies.

As a recap, in the preceding large grant with HIF we went through a process of software development and in July 2014 launched a first version among our partners of the comprehensive monitoring and reporting tool for CMAM programmes – the CMAM Report online software, formerly known as the MRP (Minimum Reporting Package).

Understanding the Problem

With funding from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, Save the Children has begun a study of the humanitarian impact of widespread organised armed violence on vulnerable children and young people in the Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico (NTCAM).

By applying a humanitarian lens to understand the problem and the effects of violence in NTCAM Save the Children seeks to save lives, alleviate suffering, and protect human dignity. We wish to understand the effects of this manmade crisis and therefrom design interventions that help those affected get back on their feet.

Words of relief in the fight against Ebola

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NAIROBI, KENYA: The Ministry of Health is using social media to bolster preparedness and raise awareness on Ebola. “As part of our Ebola preparedness plan, we would like to share the WHO Ebola clinical management guidelines. Follow this link to download,” wrote Dr Muraguri, the Director of medical services in Kenya.[1]

People's Intelligence: Progress and Workshops

This is a long overdue post, but frankly it's because we've been busy writing the results of our first two workshops, preparing for and attending a Mobile Unconference early November around the use of mobile technology in the context of crises, and agreeing on research support for the project with the TU Delft and the Leiden University new 

3d Printing in Humanitarian Projects: Gaining an Understanding

Gaining an Understanding

The Griffith University team is four-strong and we come from various areas of the University and with a variety of backgrounds:

Peter Tatham is a former logistics officer in the (UK) Royal Navy who started a second career in academia some 10 years ago.  His core research interest is in humanitarian logistics – i.e. improving the logistic preparation and response activities related to disasters, complex emergencies and development activities.

Field Ready begins in Haiti

Field Ready is based on a simple idea: make useful things where they are needed.  It is possible to transform and disrupt current logistical supply chain practices this way.  A good place to try this out is Haiti.  Nearly five years from the devastating earthquake, Haiti remains a place of faltering reconstruction and stunted development.

With three 3D printers in-hand, we arrived in Port-au-Prince thanks to funding from HIF.  The goal of our first of two visits is to establish contacts, assess the situation and run initial tests on a number of angles. 

Understanding the menstrual hygiene practices of Somali and South Sudanese refugees

The IFRC’s project on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in emergencies is well underway. Menstrual hygiene in emergency situations continues to be a great concern; although it is often overlooked and not addressed adequately. Though sanitary pads are not considered a life-saving item, they play a crucial role around important issues such as dignity, hygiene and health, education, protection and security of women and adolescent girls in emergencies.