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Ready, Set, Data Entry!

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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 - where migrants send the majority of their salary to their families in their home country - and earthquake risk, particularly through building construction practices, and how organizations can best communicate with migrant workers on risk reduction issues.

PI gets the go ahead

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund is funding People's Intelligence (PI), an “Alert” winner of Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention. PI intends to automate the collection of relevant human rights and humanitarian information from hard to access areas and verify it using crowd-sourcing and “dumb” mobile phones.

Finally the project is approved!

After having a series of meetings with the Ministry for Disaster Management and Relief, and the NGO Affairs Bureau, CARE Bangladesh has finally received the approval and clearance for the implementation of the HIF project in Cox’s Bazar. Both staff, beneficiaries and other key stakeholders are happy to hear this news finally. Many lessons have been learned along the way to get this much delayed approval.

Listening in: what do the respondents think?

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This month, our blog provides the perspective from the people we call every month in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We realize that we need to understand to what extent our mVAM voice surveys prove to be a user friendly way of collecting data.  Jean-Marie and Mireille, our operators in Goma, with Jean-Martin in tow, went to Mugunga 3 camp to obtain feedback from the respondents.

RAM-OP: needs assessment results

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In January 2014, HelpAge International, in collaboration with Valid International and Brixton Health, received funds from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund to develop an innovative method of assessing the nutritional needs of older people in emergencies. The Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP) is meant to offer a simple, quick, reliable, robust and cost effective method for assessing the nutritional status and vulnerabilities of older people in emergencies.

Training local health workers to help women affected by violence

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Over eight days in April, 22 new health workers in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the University of Washington.

The Survey Work Begins

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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 - where migrants send the majority of their salary to their families in their home country - and earthquake risk, particularly through building construction practices, and how organizations can best communicate with migrant workers on risk reduction issues.

The end is in sight...

April and May have been very busy months, mostly taken up with testing, training and analysis. 

As we mentioned in our previous blog data collection has completed and we have now also completed cleaning the data. We have run an initial analysis and are working on producing a draft interpretation of this ready to share internally amongst partners at first and then with a wider audience as the project draws to a close. 

Crash test in Niger

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". Earlier this month it was tested, for the second time, this time in Niger. But how did it go?

Well, here I am again, alive and well! I passed my second « crash test » in the warm ambience of Niger. I was examined and evaluated by 10 livestock specialists working for 4 different and notable organizations:

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.

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