Author: Heather Leson

Data in Humanitarian Action: Considering the Digital Divide

Digital technologies have revolutionized the ways in which humanitarian organizations conduct needs assessments, as well as monitoring and evaluation programmes. New data is being collected for humanitarian purposes, including online information, data exhaust, geospatial data, and crowdsourced data. The Internet Governance Forum’s theme is “Shaping Your Digital Future”. The IFRC has a goal to be more localized in our activities. Data Readiness for local communities, for example, is only possible if we also address the digital divide and consider how the internet is changing data flows for humanitarian response. We will join the Internet Governance Forum next week to...

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Getting Data Ready with IFRC Europe

We convened over 30 people from 18 European National Societies and the ICRC for a joint IFRC Europe Data Skills workshop in Budapest. In two days, we collaborated and learned on a full range of beginner to advanced data skills touching on everything from information management basics to communications advocacy to mobile data program lessons. We aim to connect these leaders to support the growth of data skills in each IFRC office and within National Societies. With every data skills event, we ask “What does a data ready IFRC look like?” and “how we can implement this type of change?” Sharing Data Skills Data life cycle aspects “collect”, “process” and “communicate” As a structure for the workshop topics we used the data life cycle shown below: The data life cycle shows the range of activities that data undergoes from planning, collection and processing, all the way through its communication to the end users and the receiving of feedback to improve the next iteration. The workshop focused on the aspects “collect”, “process” and “communicate”, whereas the relevance of the other aspects was only briefly introduced. First day of the workshop: basic terminology, concepts and relevance of (open) data The first day of the workshop was primarily focused on familiarizing participants with some of the basic terminology, concepts and relevance of using (open) data for evidence-based decision-making. We also discussed barriers...

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Highlighting Data and Information Management at the RC2 Forum

We are pleased to announce the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is joining the Missing Maps Partnership. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

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Building Maps is Building Trust

We are pleased to announce the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is joining the Missing Maps Partnership. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people – creating open data that can be used for planning, awareness, and analysis. Over 33,000 people have contributed 33 million edits to OpenStreetMap since Missing Maps was founded in 2014. These contributions have been used to support health interventions, emergency response and resilience programs. Volunteers, organizations, and humanitarians collaborate in a number of ways: remote mapping, field mapping and humanitarian activities. Founded by the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Missing Maps connects a global community of volunteers to humanitarian response. Other Movement members also include the Netherlands Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross.  Some of the mapathon activities initiatives include mapping tasks in support of work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Nepal Red Cross Society, Tanzania Red Cross Society and Malawi Red Cross Society. Mapathons have been hosted by many national societies including Finnish Red Cross, German Red Cross, and others. As we grow this program, we anticipate more collaboration across the Movement. In addition to mapathons and remote activities, Missing Maps often involves field mapping with local...

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Dakar Data Champions

How can data knowledge help humanitarians reach more people? In collaboration with UN OCHA’s Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) Dakar Data Lab, the IFRC co-hosted a 2-day Data Skills event in Dakar, Senegal. We convened 45 data leaders from diverse humanitarian (including 15 people from the IFRC, ICRC and Senegalese Red Cross), civil society (including 10 people from OpenStreetMap Senegal), and technology organizations (Missing Maps, Healthsites.io). The peer-to-peer data skills workshop incorporated a mix of theory and practical exercises. By inviting a diverse group, the message is clear – build local data skills with the local data/technology network. This newly...

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.