Creating awareness for Words of Relief

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The Words of Relief initiative, funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, offers a cost-effective solution for aid organizations and other humanitarian NGOs creating a free corpus of open, localized, disaster-response content in under-resourced languages as well as a volunteer-driven, standing network of professional translators and interpreters that can be deployed immediately in a crisis.

Integrating Cognitive Processing Therapy in the DRC Health System Pilot – Progress to Date

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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.

Fishing boats ready to be digitalized: New hope for the vulnerable fishing community

In May 2014, all necessary requirements for the NGO-AB of Bangladesh were met and CARE Bangladesh obtained approval for project operations. To gain this approval, some revisions were made including a slight change to the title which is now: ‘A People Centered Early Warning system specifically designed to address the needs of selected fishing communities in Cox’s Bazaar’, partners and the project location.

What is the 'Innovating Disaster Microinsurance for Local Market Recovery' project?

Funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), the ‘disaster insurance for micro-enterprises’ project aims to provide small businesses with disaster microinsurance to enhance  the recovery of local markets that play a critical role in providing goods and services to disaster affected populations in urban settings. The project is led by the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI).

Greetings from HHI and AIDMI! We are very happy to have been awarded a HIF large grant.

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.