We have finally tranlated the video on how to create your own Radio Transmitter by using common MP3 readers, for a total cost of now more than 15$.
The first phase of the Humanitarian Data Toolkit (HDT) experimentation is over, and we are already working on improvements and refinements for the next iteration. The HDT was piloted under a Lean Startup model, experimenting with a relatively rough prototype as the beginning of a process of testing and iterative development. A recently released report documents the journey of the pilot – based on our experience, working as a collaborative team testing out the effectiveness of doing an information needs assessment with the HDT in Dadaab, Kenya.
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.
Last year Internews launched an internal call for application to develop a mobile application for one of the Internews offices. The winner of the competition was the Internews' Humanitarian Information Projects and the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) proposal, which proposed a mobile application to improve the information available to first responders in crisis contexts.
The "Mobile2Radio" Internews project aims at creating a reliable, predictable and sustainable system that will allow local media to gather, in real time, first-hand information from affected populations to channel it to the humanitarian community using new technologies while establishing a complimentary two-way communication flow with communities affected by conflict and violence.