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

Visualising Children’s Education in East Africa

We recently completed a data visualisation for Twaweza, an East African NGO, to promote better awareness of children’s learning levels in the region. The goal of the visualisation is to turn survey data on education levels into a useful public good and to enable faster decision-making.

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HXL essayé en Guinée lors de l’épidémie de maladie à virus Ebola

[This post is also available in English.]

En juillet et aoĂ»t 2015, l’équipe «Humanitarian Data Exchange» (HDX) a mis en place un système lĂ©ger, basĂ© sur les normes, afin de surveiller la formation des travailleurs sanitaires en GuinĂ©e. Les intervenants de première ligne faisaient face Ă  un risque Ă©levĂ© lors de l’Ă©pidĂ©mie d’Ebola en l’Afrique de l’Ouest : plus de 700 d’entre eux ont Ă©tĂ© infectĂ©s par le virus d’Ebola. La surveillance de la formation en PrĂ©vention et contrĂ´le des infections (PCI) est devenue un Ă©lĂ©ment essentiel de la rĂ©ponse, y compris au sein de plus de 1 000 Ă©tablissements sanitaires Ă  travers la GuinĂ©e. CONTINUE READING

A Field Test of HXL during Guinea’s Ebola Epidemic

[Aussi disponible en français]

In July and August 2015, the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) team deployed a lightweight, standards-based system for tracking the training of health workers in Guinea. Front-line health workers were at high risk during the West African Ebola epidemic: over 700 of them became infected with the Ebola virus. Ensuring that health workers were trained to protect themselves from infection became a critical part of the response, and involved more than a thousand formal and informal health facilities across Guinea. CONTINUE READING

Top Datasets for Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

It has been seven weeks since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on 4 October 2016. HDX organizations shared 10 new datasets during the first week of the response. There were almost 25,000 pageviews of data on HDX during the first week of the hurricane, up from roughly 17,000 the week before. Users downloaded the Hurricane Matthew tagged datasets over 6,300 times from 1 October to 17 November. CONTINUE READING