A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
28 Jul 2016
blog By Madeleine Wackernagel

From the ReliefWeb office in the middle of the UN’s Africa headquarters in Nairobi it makes perfect sense that Kenya should once again be the top user base for ReliefWeb, surrounded as we are by all the leading UN agencies and NGOs, as well as, unfortunately, some of the biggest crises - drought in Ethiopia, civil strife and food insecurity in South Sudan, violence, displacement in the Central African Republic - to name but a few.

In addition, connectivity has significantly improved in Africa in the past few years, as indicated by the large number of users who access ReliefWeb from their mobile phones, while tablet use has declined commensurately.

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30 Jun 2016
blog By Birat Lekhak

Mobile visitors to ReliefWeb have increased significantly in the last few years. In 2015, mobile visitors to our site increased by an overwhelming 71%, of which over 90% were new visitors. The biggest increase in mobile users came from countries such as Kenya, Indonesia, Turkey and Uganda

To meet this growing demand and make information more accessible on the go and in the field locations, ReliefWeb is currently developing a mobile strategy. The first step involves developing four mobile app prototypes to be launched on iOS and Android later this year: RW Jobs, RW Videos, RW Headlines, and RW Crisis.

RW Jobs - Find your ideal humanitarian job on-the-go. Save your favorite job openings and get notified on the latest jobs based on your search criteria.

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28 Jun 2016
blog By Miguel Hernandez Rivera Tags: API, labs, data

Do you want to use real-time ReliefWeb content and data directly in your app or page? We are happy to announce the public release of a new version of the API documentation.

The first version (version 0) of the API was launched in 2014. After some years of increasing use, it evolved to the actual version and now, it is receiving more than half a million requests per day.

With this new update to the API documentation, we hope that now more than ever developers have the tools they need to get the best of the existing humanitarian content and data. We’ll continue to add more features as time goes on and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

In this release, there is also a new parameter “appname” in all the request. In order to provide a better service, please, use this parameter with the name of your organization and application.

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10 May 2016
blog By Madeleine Wackernagel Tags: Topics

Type “El Niño” into Google and the results number almost 15 million - it’s a very hot subject right now and will be for at least the rest of this year. Hence why ReliefWeb has created a dedicated El Niño 2015-16 page, packed with graphics, links to relevant articles filtered by affected regions, Video links, Twitter feeds, Funding news and related Jobs and Training content.

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05 Apr 2016
blog By Madeleine Wackernagel Tags: Twitter, disasters

In 2015, ReliefWeb covered 88 natural disasters, with the Nepal earthquakes the most significant. Within minutes of the first quake, on 25 April, photographs and commentary about the disaster were posted on Twitter, providing real-time updates for victims and relief workers alike, in a good example of the potentially life-saving power of social media.

Twitter has just turned ten and has to date clocked up 300 million followers - of whom a large number live in disaster zones and could be potential sources of information should a catastrophe strike. At ReliefWeb, our editors strive to filter through those news items so that our users don't have to, providing only the most vital and accurate updates in the course of a disaster, and that increasingly includes social media.

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