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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
In addition to daily updates on humanitarian crises, ReliefWeb is the go-to platform for both job seekers and recruiters in the humanitarian community. In 2015, we published more than 30,000 jobs from almost 1,500 humanitarian organizations, which were viewed 13.6 million times. That number gives us insight into how many of you are searching for your next challenging job opportunity on ReliefWeb. Given the high volume of jobs published on ReliefWeb - averaging 100 a day! - we understand that it is crucial for you to be able to drill down into the job advertisements according to your qualifications and interests in a time-efficient manner.Read more
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