A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.

Help the humanitarian community by taking the ReliefWeb user survey

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer
Tags: Survey

At ReliefWeb, your feedback, ideas and suggestions are very important to us. They are what have helped ReliefWeb become such an important tool for the humanitarian community. We’re always exploring new ways to deliver humanitarian information, but we can’t do it without your input.

To ensure that ReliefWeb best meets the information needs of humanitarians, we’ve decided to undertake some research on you, our humanitarian users. The 2014 ReliefWeb user survey is now open.

If you are a long-term ReliefWeb user, you will recall that we conducted similar comprehensive user survey back in 2010 . You feedback helped us to roll out useful features and services, such as Headlines, Topics and Tweeter aggregations.

We’re asking you for a moment of your time. We...Read more

ReliefWeb is hiring

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer
Tags: jobs

Are you interested in working with ReliefWeb? Do you have a passion for humanitarian issues, web technology and information management? We’re seeking two highly motivated people to fill two very important roles.

1. Chief of Section (ReliefWeb Coordinator)

We’re looking for a leader with the right set of management, web technology and humanitarian experience to guide the future of ReliefWeb.

The candidate will be required to provide leadership and strategic direction that enables ReliefWeb to to be humanitarian community’s leading information platform. The Coordinator will plan and oversee the activities of ReliefWeb and actively liaise with humanitarian stakeholders.

Applicants are required to have an advanced university degree and minimum of ten years...Read more

API update: Two new features to make humanitarian tools more useful

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer
Tags: API

Earlier this year we officially launched the ReliefWeb API (v.1.0) . The API allows web developers and tech-savvy humanitarians access to over 17 years’ worth of carefully selected and curated humanitarian content stored in the ReliefWeb database.

For all our non-technical humanitarian users, API is short for “application programming interface”, and it enables websites, software, and apps to talk directly with the ReliefWeb database, allowing them to retrieve, republish or reuse the content offered by ReliefWeb.

We’ve received some great feedback from many tech-savvy humanitarians who are planning and developing new information tools. In future, we hope to showcase the exciting projects being developed using the ReliefWeb API.

We are continually striving to...Read more

World Humanitarian Day 2014

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer

Every year on 19 August, the global humanitarian community commemorates World Humanitarian Day. It is a day to recognize all humanitarian aid workers who face danger and adversity in order to help others. It also commemorates all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service.

On 19 August 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN office in Baghdad.

This year’s commemoration of World Humanitarian Day is unfortunately as timely as ever, with more humanitarian workers kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before. In 2013, 155 aid workers were killed, 171 were seriously wounded, and 134 were kidnapped.

Hundreds of humanitarian organizations around the globe will be commemorating the day by raising public awareness of humanitarian...Read more

Stay “alert” with ReliefWeb’s enhanced disaster monitoring system

By Andrew Kobylinski, Product Marketing / Communications Officer

Hundreds of natural disasters occur each year. According to UNOCHA’s World Humanitarian Data and Trends , natural disasters affected more than 124.5 million people worldwide in 2012. Having access to timely and relevant information is key for humanitarians to be prepared and effective in response.

At ReliefWeb, we aim to provide timely disaster information that is useful and relevant to the international humanitarian community. So when monitoring and publishing disaster information, we need to make an editorial decision as to when to categorize a situation as a "disaster". This involves assigning a unique identifier - GLIDE number - to the situation and publishing it in our “ Disasters ” section. Users who have signed up for “New disaster notifications” also receive an...Read more