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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
Six months ago, I announced the beginning of my adventure as ZAK, thanks to the combined force of my creator’s imagination and my developer’s skill. Since my own appearance and the creation of the guides and of all the related tools that ensure the effective use of my capabilities, I have undergone numerous evaluations and three “crash tests” in Africa, both in the French-speaking western region and the English-speaking eastern region. My 39 different testers were drawn from different organizations working in the farming and humanitarian domains.
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.
After testing the method in a highly urbanised area (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), we wish to carry out the next field test in a different context. Looking at countries where HelpAge is working, we thought of doing it in rural Kenya, but most of the rural population are pastoralists/semi-nomadic, which would mean that the method would need to be specifically adapted for this. We would like to test it in a stable rural population. The Philippines? Our country office in Ormoc is warning us that people in the cyclone-affected areas are really tired and wary of surveys…