ReliefWeb is not only pertinent in a disaster environment or humanitarian emergency; indeed, the users I canvassed in Nairobi, the biggest hub for humanitarian actors in Africa, pointed to all sorts of aspects of the site that helped them in their daily work. Here are a few testimonials to celebrate our 20th anniversary:
Gabriella Waaijman, Regional Director, Norwegian Refugee CouncilRead more
ReliefWeb’s Product Development team had a busy summer working on its first mobile apps. We wanted to share these useful new products with our users, marking the occasion of 20 years of our humanitarian information service.
Our apps will bring you ReliefWeb's content right to your fingertips, based around particular information needs of each app user. For example, the Headlines app gives you the latest content that is hand-picked by the editors and/or filtered according to your preference. Meanwhile, the Crises app saves you valuable time by providing you with a comprehensive overview of various crises on one handy screen.
In the first iteration, the apps are compatible with Android Kitkat (4.4) and iOS 9 and above.Read more
During the past 20 years, humanitarian professionals around the world have turned to ReliefWeb as their go-to source for information in responding to a disaster or crisis. Several of our users told us why.
Brian Kelly, Regional Advisor for Asia and the Pacific, Emergency and Post-Crisis Unit, International Organization for Migration (IOM):
ReliefWeb has created this niche where if people know that if they get their information there, others are going to read it. Others are going to be able to plan their own decision making, and they’re going to be able to plan their response based on that information. Implementers use it. Donors use it. More and more so, people affected by disasters use it. Because it’s the place where people know information will be used, it’s a place where people want to put their information.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more