A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.
16 Mar 2017
blog By Veronique Durroux

In its 20th year ReliefWeb notched up a record six million users, a rise of 4.5% from 2015. Most of these came from Africa, which saw a 17.5% jump from the previous year, confirming the continent as the top user base among the humanitarian community. The increase was particularly significant in South Sudan (+30%), Uganda (+18%), and Somalia (+17%).

There was also a striking increase in the number of users from the Middle East, notably Turkey (+35%), most likely bolstered by the humanitarian activities related to the Syria crisis. Figures are also on the rise for Jordan (+15%), which hosts significant numbers of refugees from Syria and has become the base of operation for some 60 humanitarian and development agencies.

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15 Feb 2017
blog By Birat Lekhak

After only four months, ReliefWeb mobile apps have been downloaded more than 12,000 times!

We began developing mobile apps in mid-2016 to make information more accessible to our users and meet the ever-growing mobile demand for our content.

In October 2016, we launched four distinctive mobile apps:

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02 Feb 2017
blog By Madeleine Wackernagel Tags: Droughts, floods

The region of southern and eastern Africa is experiencing its worst drought in decades, courtesy of the El Niño phenomenon, affecting 40 million people across 25 countries. The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in June 2016 launched an appeal for $2.4 billion to provide immediate assistance to 23 million people classified as extremely food-insecure; in the Horn of Africa, an estimated 12 million people need food assistance.

In Ethiopia alone, 5.6 million people face hunger, 300,000 children are at risk of malnutrition and more than nine million people cannot access safe drinking water, while 2.4 million farmers and herders cannot sustainably practise their livelihoods. The latest appeal sought $948 million for 2017.

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22 Dec 2016
blog By Yuan-Kwan Chan, ReliefWeb Editor and Head of Office, Asia-Pacific Tags: interactive Map, maps, map

Since 1996, more than 54,000 maps and infographics have been posted on our site and through our mobile apps as static images and PDF files. Our information partners are, however, increasingly taking advantage of interactive visualization tools to more effectively communicate their analysis, overlaying data and narratives on time scales, geographical layers, and so on. From water sources in Somalia to the agricultural livelihood impact on communities following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes, these products do more than enable users to take a deep dive into granular statistics and real-time data: they provide a visually compelling view into specific issues.

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19 Dec 2016
blog By Miguel Hernandez Rivera Tags: API, filter, Statistics, data, jobs, labs, training, mobile, Trends

ReliefWeb received, on average, about 1.3 million visits a month in 2016. Our users visit the site to search for the latest crisis information, job announcements and opportunities to brush up their skills and knowledge. They access the site from the field and headquarters, using various devices.

As an operator of a major humanitarian information platform, we have been improving our Google Analytics data gathering in order to improve our services based on user behaviors. The continuous improvements to our API in the past years have made it easier to analyze what’s in our content repository with information dating back to 1996, which we made available to users via Content Trends alpha in 2014.

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