Current methods of collating and monitoring information in emergencies are time-intensive and do not allow us to track trends, gaps, or insights over time. Internews’ experience in working with local media in emergency situations is grounded in the work of the Internews Humanitarian Information Programs Unit, which has been responding to emergencies in more than 20 countries in the past 10 years.
It has been 2 years since I have been in Bangui. It is exactly how I remembered it: dusty, noisy, chaotic and fascinating. On the way from the airport to the home/office I am surprised by how the recent events seem not to have changed the look of this city. Sylvain, our country director, reads my mind “Today is a good day, it looks like it is quite. But not all days are like this”.
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.
Tons of discussions, panels, and conferences are happening around the broader topic of ICT4D. But Development as a general topic cannot be used and considered as one generic field. Education, migration, health, media, government, infrastructures and so on, are all part of it and themselves very different field. The question though remains: is that possible to develop generic guidelines for the use of ICTs in all those fields, or would it be better to develop specific guidelines for each one of them?
The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning commissioned iHub Research (Nairobi, Kenya) to conduct a six-month study beginning in August 2011 to understand the impact of the Wanakonnect dedications pilot project on local community radio stations and their interactions with communities.
The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning commissioned iHub Research (Nairobi, Kenya) to conduct a 4-month study in Ghana beginning in September 2011 to understand the impact of the EPAWA SMS Helpline Network pilot project on the local human trafficking network, as well as the impact of the project on the local communities involved.
In light of the vital services provided by frontline health workers in Kenya, the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning commissioned this study to explore the potential for CHWs and TBAs to use an interactive mobile platform to improve the dissemination of health information in their communities.