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.
On July 30, we continued our series of Innovation & Learning webinars with Nicolás di Tada, Director of Platform Engineering at InSTEDD, an organization that designs and uses open source technology tools to help partners improve collaboration, information flow and knowledge sharing to better deliver critical services to vulnerable populations.
On March 21, Sean McDonald of the Social Impact Lab gave a presentation on one of their products, FrontlineSMS. FrontlineSMS is a tool that collects data and monitors communication via SMS. It can track community interaction and manage records in a way that allows the user to see data trends.
On March 14, Jes Kaliebe Petersen came by the office to talk about Paywast, Afghanistan's largest social network. As the country’s first mobile-based social networking outlet, Paywast was formally launched on January 31, 2011. Since its launch more than two years ago, Paywast has become the largest social networking media outlet in Afghanistan with more than one million users and subscribers, surpassing even Facebook and Twitter.
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.