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...
Myanmar: Changing perceptions in Rakhine
22 Feb 2013
Tensions are still high in Rakhine State in western Myanmar, where inter-communal violence broke out eight months ago, leaving more than 115,000 people displaced and hundreds of homes burned.
In this tense atmosphere, misperceptions have arisen that humanitarian agencies are limiting...
The Philippines: When the weather report saves lives
15 Feb 2013
Walking through the streets of the Cateel, on the eastern coast of Mindanao, the devastation left by Typhoon Bopha (known locally as Pablo) is evident everywhere. Most houses are covered by tarpaulins, debris fills the spaces where family homes once stood and the fragile structures of damaged...