Since late November, we have been refining the questionnaire for the Humanitarian Information Needs Assessment (HINA) survey. After pilot testing and revisions, this will become the standard survey that Internews deploys in all of our humanitarian work.
TechCamp is a program created under Secretary Clinton’s Civil Society (CS) 2.0 initiative as an effort to galvanize the technology community to assist civil society organizations across the globe. TechCamp aims to provide capabilities, resources and assistance to enable organizations to harness the latest ICT advances and technologies to foster their digital capacity.
In Introducing Civil Society 2.0, Secretary Clinton stated:
As we always do, the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning is also designing a research component for our pilot project, the "Humanitarian Data Toolkit." This research project is quite complex, as it is necessary to understand the actual efficacy of the toolkit we are designing, key lessons learned, suggestions for next steps, and more.
There are two main categories of research inputs for the HDT pilot:
In humanitarian disasters, people affected by the unfolding tragedy need more than physical necessities: they also have an urgent need for information.
In August 2011, Internews led a joint communication and information needs assessment with Radio Ergo / International Media Support (IMS) and Star FM of Kenya, with significant support from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). This assessment aimed at understanding the information needs of refugees in Dadaab and exploring ways to improve the flow of communication between refugees, aid agencies and host communities.
PAWA254 is a social enterprise and collaborative space for creatives and youth to develop work with social impact in Nairobi, Kenya. The hub houses, fosters, and catalyzes creative and community-driven projects for social change across Kenya focusing specifically on technology, media and arts.
In April 2011 I was in Zambia for the Random Hack of Kindness event (RHoK) organized by the World Bank in support of the Pilot Project for Climate Change and Resilience. The Hackaton was a bit of a struggle: the Internet connection was not really fast and not a lot of technologists came to the event. I was starting to think that there were not a lot of technologists in the country overall.