Gaining Insight into Migrant Deaths

In 2016, the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project recorded the deaths of nearly 7,500 migrants, more than 5,000 of whom perished in the Mediterranean. The number of migrant deaths across most regions of the world is rising and the Missing Migrants Project is the only effort to collect this data worldwide.

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Hiring a New Lab Manager in Nairobi: Join Us!

We are hiring a Manager for the HDX Data Lab in Nairobi, Kenya. The Data Lab serves as a front line, in-person service to the HDX platform. We started the Nairobi Lab in 2014 with a focus on providing data services to partners and helping the humanitarian community connect data from across the region. CONTINUE READING

2016 Year in Review: New Organisations

The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) continued to gain traction in 2016. The platform includes over 4,400 datasets covering a variety of humanitarian crises. This growth would not be possible without the support and contributions of our partner organisations.

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2016 Year in Review: Datasets and Users

At the end of 2016, the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) included 4,400 datasets. Approximately 900 new datasets were added in 2016. The chart below shows the progression of datasets on HDX since our beta launch in 2014.

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How to build a stronger, data-driven humanitarian sector

[Excerpt cross-posted from the World Economic Forum Blog]

Written by Stephen O’Brien
Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Collecting, processing, analysing and disseminating this data is hugely challenging in crisis settings, which are marked by insecurity, unpredictability, remote access, fragile public services, and, in many cases, poor telecommunications and limited connectivity. CONTINUE READING