A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
15 Aug 2017
blog By Madeleine Wackernagel Tags: Analytics

The most significant “take-away” from this year’s January to June analytics comparison over the same period in 2016 is the rise in mobile use - up by a staggering 37.46 percent. Last year, ReliefWeb introduced five mobile apps - for Crises, Headlines, Jobs, Training and Videos - and they are having a significant effect on how users are tapping into the website via mobile phones as a whole. The total number of app downloads has reached 24,400, with the highest number in the United States, followed by the UK, China, France and Kenya.

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26 Jul 2017
blog By KathrynLee Tags: jobs

ReliefWeb's immensely popular Jobs section makes it an ideal platform for your job advertisements targeting humanitarian professionals. With over 1,500 organizations posting roughly 35,000 job announcements in the last 12 months with more than 40,000 visits a day, you'll want to make sure that your job postings are seen by the right people. To help you better target your advertisements, we have been continuously improving the jobs form. So here are some useful tips on how you can increase the searchability of your job postings to attract the best candidates.

Title - Title should be short, clear, and concise. The title is what grabs job seekers’ attention and makes them want to find out more about the job. We also encourage using certain keywords which may include essential skills and targeted audience - e.g. Finance Officer, Fluent in French, DRC National.

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18 Jul 2017
blog By Veronique Durroux

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The Kasai area, previously a relatively stable, off-the-radar region in central DR Congo, has drawn international attention since a violent crisis began in August 2016.

Originally between local militia and national security forces, the armed conflict has taken on ethnic dimensions and resulted in violence affecting civilians across the region. According to the latest figures, a total of 3.8 million people have been internally displaced in the DRC - the highest number on the continent - of whom one-third are from the Kasai (OCHA, 9 Jul 2017).

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20 Jun 2017
blog By Irwin Loy Tags: protection, refugees, Topics

From 2013 to 2015, one of the world’s most perilous maritime migration routes cut through a stretch of waterway in South and South-East Asia.

Smugglers used the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea as a corridor to connect desperate refugees and migrants to destinations throughout the region and beyond. For many travellers, however, it is a dangerous journey.

An estimated 1,800 people died while attempting this crossing from 2013 to 2015 — a fatality rate of roughly 1.2 per cent, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The fatality rate for mixed movements in the Mediterranean Sea was roughly 0.6 per cent over the same time period.

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24 May 2017
blog By Madeleine Wackernagel Tags: Food and nutrition, agriculture, Topics

In February, the United Nations declared famine in Unity State, a northern area of South Sudan (WFP, UNICEF, FAO, 20 Feb 2017). About 100,000 people were deemed to be at immediate risk of starvation, with up to a million more classified as being on the brink of famine. The violence and food insecurity over the past four years have created the continent’s largest refugee crisis, with almost one million people seeking a safe haven in Uganda alone (MSF, 18 May 2017).

The UN has since expanded the crises category to encompass northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen - and the numbers are staggering. Not just in terms of people at risk - 30 million at last count - but funding too: $6.1 billion (ACAPS, 22 May 2017) is needed this year to avert catastrophe.

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