Philippines: Meeting people’s needs must not fall off the international agenda, urges John Ging
27 Mar 2013
OCHA Operations Director John Ging concluded his first visit to the Philippines on Monday, urging the international community to step up their efforts to help the Government meet the needs of people affected by Typhoon Bopha. The typhoon, which was the deadliest storm anywhere in the world in...
Interview: Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines
22 Mar 2013
The Philippines was recently ranked the third most disaster-prone country in the world. Every year, the country is hit by powerful typhoons, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The ongoing conflict in the southern island of Mindanao adds to the hardship.
Luiza Carvalho took up the...
Humanitarian Issues: A new way to access information
21 Mar 2013
What is Humanitarian Kiosk?
One of the challenges faced by humanitarian workers is access to timely, relevant and accurate information. New technology provides an opportunity for humanitarian workers to develop better ways to access and share this information, and get aid to...
Japan: An earthquake, a tsunami – and a handwritten newspaper
15 Mar 2013
When one of the most technologically sophisticated countries in the world is hit by a triple emergency, should we count on web platforms and social media to deliver lifesaving information? Not necessarily, according to a new report by Internews into the communications aspects of the 2011...
Aid worker diary: Japan’s tsunami
8 Mar 2013
On 11 March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake followed by a series of massive tsunamis killed more than 15,000 people in Japan’s Tohoku region, and left some 2,600 people missing. Two years later, approximately 315,000 people remain displaced across the country. As the country...