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Investing in agriculture vital for Syria’s future

Investing in agriculture vital for Syria’s future

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Jordan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey The Food and Agriculture Organization ...
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More than 10,000 migrants in Greece voluntarily returned home in past 20 months

More than 10,000 migrants in Greece voluntarily returned home in past 20 months

Source: International Organization for Migration Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Georgia, Greece, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, World IOM assisted ...
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Stone Souping Social Service Information with Airtable

Stone Souping Social Service Information with Airtable

The Sahana Software Foundation makes high quality, open source information management systems for emergency preparedness, response, recovery and resilience. We ...
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neural networks

How to Use Neural Networks to Keep Social Connections in Community Resettlement Projects

We know that relocations after disasters or conflicts are quite challenging. Imagine replicating the shape, the personal bonds, the livelihoods, ...
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Digital Ninja DFID

The Role of Digital Ninjas at DFID

DFID operates an elite group of 180-plus Digital Ninjas who are our conduits and advocates for everything digital within the ...
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10 Lessons Learned from Deploying a Malnutrition mHealth Solution in 5 Countries

10 Lessons Learned from Deploying a Malnutrition mHealth Solution in 5 Countries

Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is a proven high-impact and cost-effective approach in the treatment of acute malnutrition ...
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Humanitarian Technology Hype 2018 – Simon B Johnson – Medium

Humanitarian Technology Hype 2018 – Simon B Johnson – Medium

Once again a meeting gets punctuated with the mention of blockchain, followed by much nodding and agreement and, maybe, a ...
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“The Rise of Open Aid” at NVOAD Annual Conference

“The Rise of Open Aid” at NVOAD Annual Conference

I had the honor of presenting “The Rise of Open Aid” at the 2018 NVOAD conference in Providence, Rhode Island, United States ...
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Join us at the Crisis Convening in Newark, NJ this July

Join us at the Crisis Convening in Newark, NJ this July

Every year, communities are affected by “extreme environmental events.” These might include hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, or floods. There are, of ...
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How Much Aid Is Going to Haiti? TONS. And That’s the Problem

How Much Aid Is Going to Haiti? TONS. And That’s the Problem

Years after a major humanitarian intervention in Haiti, many who donated to “help” after the 2010 earthquake are still wondering ...
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Notes from the Humanitarian Technology Festival

How can humanitarian response be decentralized?

Source: How can humanitarian response be decentralized? For a long time, it wasn’t possible to include everyone’s voice in planning ...
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Unusual Earthquake Warning Prompts Action, Anxiety in Southern California

Unusual Earthquake Warning Prompts Action, Anxiety in Southern California

Source: Unusual Earthquake Warning Prompts Action, Anxiety in Southern California (TNS) – Southern Californians learn to live with the risk ...
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UN relief chief calls for urgent protection of civilians and scaling up of support to Yemen

UN relief chief calls for urgent protection of civilians and scaling up of support to Yemen

Source: UN relief chief calls for urgent protection of civilians and scaling up of support to Yemen Source: UN Office ...
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Billions of Aid Dollars Spent: Why Isn’t Haiti Ready for a Hurricane?

Billions of Aid Dollars Spent: Why Isn’t Haiti Ready for a Hurricane?

As Hurricane Matthew barrels toward Haiti, millions of Haitians are at risk of death, displacement, injury or illness. Sustained wind ...
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Claudette Brianvil became suddenly ill then died of cholera, Cite Soleil, Haiti in 2010.

Cholera in Haiti: UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

Note from Aid.Works: The text of the “Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights” written by ...
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Aidworkers Pen Protest Letter: Cite ‘Callous Negligence’ at UN, Aid Organizations

Aidworkers Pen Protest Letter: Cite ‘Callous Negligence’ at UN, Aid Organizations

This World Humanitarian Day, a group of aidworkers and advocates have gathered together to protest unsafe work environments. Their letter ...
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World Humanitarian Day: Shifting the Focus from Aidworker Safety

World Humanitarian Day: Shifting the Focus from Aidworker Safety

On August 19th, the UN will commemorate World Humanitarian Day. The event was held for the first time in ...
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How Turkey Coup Attempt Will Impact Aid Groups and Syrian Refugees

How Turkey Coup Attempt Will Impact Aid Groups and Syrian Refugees

Since the failed coup attempt on July 15, the government of Turkey has fired or detained thousands of people. Some ...
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The Agony of Watching a Coup Live Online

The Agony of Watching a Coup Live Online

It was like being inside a haunted house. Every time I clicked on a video feed, I was opening another ...
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Video: Understanding the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the EU Turkey Deal

Video: Understanding the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the EU Turkey Deal

Why is the EU giving Turkey $6.7 billion for refugees? Why are thousands of refugees “stuck” in Greece? Why are ...
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One Year After the Nepal Quake and Zero Houses Rebuilt: Why I’m Not Surprised

One Year After the Nepal Quake and Zero Houses Rebuilt: Why I’m Not Surprised

1. Some international aid organizations are misleading donors to make it seem like they build houses. They don’t. We saw ...
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A family shows images of their neighborhood in Aleppo after aerial bombing in 2013.

Closed Doors, Open Secrets: How the World Abandoned Millions of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

“The house is expensive. The water is expensive. The electricity is expensive. The bread is expensive.” Nuwal is 30 years ...
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Introducing Data Models for Human(itarian) Services

Introducing Data Models for Human(itarian) Services

Source: Introducing Data Models for Human(itarian) Services Immediately after a disaster, information managers collect information about who is doing what, ...
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Creating a Shared Data Model with a Spreadsheet

Creating a Shared Data Model with a Spreadsheet

Source: Creating a Shared Data Model with a Spreadsheet Over the last year, a number of clients have tasked me with ...
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Syria: Nearly US$8 billion urgently needed in 2016 as humanitarian needs grow

Syria: Nearly US$8 billion urgently needed in 2016 as humanitarian needs grow

Source: Syria: Nearly US$8 billion urgently needed in 2016 as humanitarian needs grow Source: UN Development Programme, UN Office for ...
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These Are the Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2016

These Are the Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2016

Source: These Are the Wars That Will Rage in Africa in 2016 http://warisboring.com/articles/these-are-the-wars-that-will-rage-in-africa-in-2016/?mc_cid=ecf95c6678&mc_eid=426552bc6d With the exception of Syria, African countries ...
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2015 in Review: who’s doing what, where and why

2015 in Review: who’s doing what, where and why

Source: 2015 in Review: who’s doing what, where and why We recently posted Open Referral’s 2015 Year in Review report ...
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The building blocks of an open ecosystem

The building blocks of an open ecosystem

Source: 2015 in Review: the building blocks of an open ecosystem Last week we posted Open Referral’s 2015 Year in ...
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FEMA Sends Officials to Help With Flint Drinking Water Crisis

FEMA Sends Officials to Help With Flint Drinking Water Crisis

Source: FEMA Sends Officials to Help With Flint Drinking Water Crisis (TNS) – The federal government’s disaster relief agency has ...
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Aid convoys head to besieged Syria towns

Aid convoys head to besieged Syria towns

Source: Aid convoys head to besieged Syria towns Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Syrian Arab Republic The assistance is expected to ...
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100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day

100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day

Source: 100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day On the coldest morning New York City has seen ...
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Michigan State Police to Deliver Water Door-to-Door in Flint

Michigan State Police to Deliver Water Door-to-Door in Flint

Source: Michigan State Police to Deliver Water Door-to-Door in Flint (TNS) – Michigan State Police troopers and other state officials ...
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Five humanitarian crises largely overlooked in 2015

Five humanitarian crises largely overlooked in 2015

BOGOTA – From civil war and urban gang violence to drought, some humanitarian crises around the world receive less media ...
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Operation Recovery' to clear 500,000 tons of flood debris from St. Louis area

Operation Recovery’ to clear 500,000 tons of flood debris from St. Louis area

Source: 'Operation Recovery' to clear 500,000 tons of flood debris from St. Louis area http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/operation-recovery-clear-500000-tons-flood-debris-st-louis-area Floodwaters in the St. Louis ...
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California Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency Amid Massive Gas Leak

California Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency Amid Massive Gas Leak

Source: California Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency Amid Massive Gas Leak (TNS) – Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered ...
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Ambulances redirected Tuesday Night as Sacramento County's Hospitals Were Swamped

Ambulances redirected Tuesday Night as Sacramento County’s Hospitals Were Swamped

(TNS) – On Tuesday evening, as emergency room waiting lists grew longer and longer, the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services ...
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200,000 Remain Displaced in the Philippines as Death Toll Rises to 45

200,000 Remain Displaced in the Philippines as Death Toll Rises to 45

(TNS) – The death toll from two storms that battered the country last week rose to 45 on Sunday as ...
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Latest Global Emergency Overview highlights crises in Cameroon, Iraq and Somalia

Latest Global Emergency Overview highlights crises in Cameroon, Iraq and Somalia

Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, ...
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Lesvos – where to volunteer

Lesvos – where to volunteer

Team Health Point Project tent in Moria Camp. I spent two weeks, end November 2015 on the island working with ...
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A day on Lesvos – working on the North Coast

A day on Lesvos – working on the North Coast

10:00 Driving from Molyvos past Eftalou, I pass several abandoned boats, engines and anything else of value removed for sale ...
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Lesvos – medical organization in the camps

Lesvos – medical organization in the camps

Health Point Project Medical tent at the foot of The Afghan Hill, Moria The general layout of the camps Kara Tepe, ...
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Coalition Considers Role in Disaster Aid

Coalition Considers Role in Disaster Aid

(TNS) – Emergency planners want the Johnson County Cares coalition to serve as the umbrella organization for the countywide Community ...
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Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Response to Earthquakes Spurs Further Debate

Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Response to Earthquakes Spurs Further Debate

(TNS) – The earthquakes just keep coming. Four days after a 4.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded southwest of Cherokee, a ...
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Would a Digital Counterinsurgency Stop ISIS?

Would a Digital Counterinsurgency Stop ISIS?

(TNS) — The Islamic State is the first terrorist group to control territory in both the digital and physical worlds ...
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Judge: Timber Firm Must Face Lawsuits in Oso Slide Disaster

Judge: Timber Firm Must Face Lawsuits in Oso Slide Disaster

(TNS) – A King County Superior Court judge has rejected a bid by a forest landowner to be dismissed as ...
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CrisisMappingNepalVideo

Great video of Disaster Recovery efforts in Napal using UAVs for mapping

I had the honor of spearheading this disaster recovery UAV mission in Nepal a few weeks ago as part of Kathmandu Flying ...
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The ‘Community Shined’ After Devastating Tornado in Warrick, Co., Ind.

The ‘Community Shined’ After Devastating Tornado in Warrick, Co., Ind.

(TNS) – You can plan for tornadoes and disasters, but until it strikes, you don’t know how you’ll react, Warrick ...
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Clean water is essential to human survival in all environments

Clean water is essential to human survival in all environments

INTRODUCTION Clean water is essential to human survival in all environments. This is especially true for stressed populations in post-disaster, ...
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Mayor, County Exec Declare ‘State of Emergency’ Over Homelessness

Mayor, County Exec Declare ‘State of Emergency’ Over Homelessness

(TNS) – Comparing the devastation of homelessness to flood and fire, local leaders Monday declared states of emergency in Seattle ...
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This Week in Disasters

This Week in Disasters

Yemen’s Rare Cyclone Puts the Country Underwater This image captured on Oct. 31, 2015 from the International Space Station and ...
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Six-County 911 Outage Remains Unexplained

Six-County 911 Outage Remains Unexplained

(TNS) – Around 6 a.m. Tuesday, 911 systems in six southwestern Pennsylvania counties failed because of what one emergency official ...
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Indonesian Troops Battle the World’s Worst Wildfire

Indonesian Troops Battle the World’s Worst Wildfire

Indonesian Troops Battle the World’s Worst Wildfire Reckless slash and burn farming has clouded Asia with toxic smoke — now ...
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New Page on Refugees Has Been Added to this Blog

New Page on Refugees Has Been Added to this Blog

.entry-meta Just a reminder that the Diva recently added a page titled Refugees, in an effort to gather and share ...
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Why OpenStreetMap is the Most Important thing in Geo

Why OpenStreetMap is the Most Important thing in Geo

.entry-meta Not too long ago, Bill Morris, posted the following tweet: Iiiiiiinteresting . . . https://t.co/5j9Glo1gB6 — Bill Morris (@vtcraghead) September ...
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FEMA’s Infographic on How to Apply for Assistance

FEMA’s Infographic on How to Apply for Assistance

.entry-meta Well, it looks like FEMA, and probably other federal agencies, have taken to creating an infographics. See: What to ...
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Death Toll From Saudi Hajj Has Doubled

Death Toll From Saudi Hajj Has Doubled

.entry-meta Once again, a review of mass events is essential.  Death toll from the recent Saudi Hajj is over 2,000 ...
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Cheap, simple technique turns seawater into drinking water

Cheap, simple technique turns seawater into drinking water

Many old timers have handled heavy hemp rope. That rope was worse than any sand paper one might buy. I ...
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Climate change could soon push Persian Gulf temperatures to lethal extremes

Climate change could soon push Persian Gulf temperatures to lethal extremes

The Dubai skyline was covered in an early morning fog on Oct. 5. A new report warns that summer temperatures ...
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More on Mine Debris Spills

More on Mine Debris Spills

.entry-meta After Animas river spill, experts warn of next disaster: ‘We were lucky this time’ Colorado mining spill that dumped ...
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Marines, sailors host humanitarian assistance display during Fleet Week 2015

Marines, sailors host humanitarian assistance display during Fleet Week 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Marines, sailors and other emergency response proponents packed the lawns of Marina Green Park with static displays ...
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Why So Many Mass Shootings in the U.S.?

Why So Many Mass Shootings in the U.S.?

Why the U.S. has the most mass shootings Source: Why So Many Mass Shootings in the U.S.? ...
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Survive a Natural Disaster

Are Disaster Infographics Still Cool? Useful?

It seems like every week or month, I get “the latest” disaster infographic in my inbox. Inforgraphics have become popular ...
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PressForward 3.6 Release

PressForward 3.6 Release

The PressForward team is excited to announce the release of PressForward 3.6, an update to our WordPress plugin that helps ...
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Two New Papers on Resilience

Two New Papers on Resilience

Bounce-Forward: Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change – 2015 A strategy paper from Island Press and Kresge Foundation ...
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Welcome to Resilience Colab!

Welcome to Resilience Colab!

Resilience Colab is filled with syndicated posts and embeds of maps, folders, data viz and, of course, social media. It’s a prototype that ...
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