AIDF has released an infographic that explores humanitarian aid and trends in procurement. Within disaster relief logistics, procurement accounts for 65% of total expenditures by the UN organisations. The latest figures released by the United Nations Procurement Division found the total procurement of goods increased by $826 million, a jump of 12.1 percent. This reflects a stark trend: the last decade has seen a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters across the world.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 2015 (IPS) - The widespread use of digital technology – including satellite imagery, body cameras and smart phones – is fast becoming a new tool in monitoring and capturing human rights violations worldwide.
Africa has been named the ‘mobile continent’. An often cited example of development leapfrogging, countries have gone from no telephones to cell phones, skipping the need for investment in landlines altogether. And innovation has not stopped there. A wide array of services, offered through mobile platforms, have popped up to meet consumer demand.
Global response in 2014
UNICEF and partners responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries in 2014. This includes large-scale Level 3 responses for the crises in the Central African Republic, Iraq, the Philippines, South Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
Some of the major highlights from 2014 include:
• UNICEF Country Offices responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries. This includes the response to six Level 3 emergencies;
Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, and the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, worked together on a year-long pro bono project to revolutionize WFP’s mobile data collection. As part of Nielsen’s commitment to skills-based volunteering and the inkind giving of data and insights, a team of Nielsen measurement science associates worked to help WFP move from solely in-person interviews to incorporating remote mobile data collection into WFP’s survey toolkit.
The transitional shelter approach adds to other successful response approaches, such as core housing and semi-permanent housing, to broaden the range of options for governments and humanitarian stakeholders to support populations affected by disasters and conflicts.
ICIMOD and Kathmandu University, Nepal, launched ‘Disaster Reporting’, an android application that enables users to report disaster events along with essential information, such as impact and immediate relief requirements. The application allows the user to select the type of disaster event (e.g., building damage, fire, landslide or public utility damage) and provides an option to include information on the extent of damage, number of people injured, people who perished and were displaced, along with current need in the field.
Distributed 3.2 million metric tons of food.
Coordinated an average of 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 70 aircraft on any given day.
Managed a network of 650 warehouses around the globe.
Managed over 700 WFP-owned trucks and 35 fleet workshops.
Provided 63 humanitarian partners with bilateral logistics services.
20 countries of operation
3,931 metric tons of light cargo transported
2,637 people evacuated
Letter from the Chair
2014 was a sobering year for humanitarian responders. South Sudan’s fragile peace fractured, the Syrian conflict spilled over into Iraq and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa emerged. Natural disasters continued to occur in Paraguay and Serbia amongst many others. Millions of men, women and children found themselves displaced, homeless, and bereaved. As ever it was the vulnerable who suffered most.
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Mexico - Tropical Cyclone BLANCA
• On 5 June, at 9.00 UTC, BLANCA was a Category 2 Hurricane and its centre was located 53km south-west of the closest point along the Mexican coast. Over the next 48h, it is forecast to continue moving north-west. Its intensity will initially increase slightly, but it is expected to start weakening late on 6 June. BLANCA may approach Baja California Sur on 8 June, possibly weakened into a Tropical Storm.
• As of 5 June, NOAA has issued no coastal Warnings or Watches.
4 June 2015: Over 300 representatives from governments, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and private sector companies are gathering in June at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok for AIDF’s annual Asia Summit. The event focuses on how technological innovation and best practice can contribute to achieving development goals in the region, as well as how to build resilience to disasters and to promote faster, safer and more effective emergency response that allows for greater community engagement.
Director of Research and Analysis, Andrew Schroeder, was in Belgium last week to attend the first-ever training course in humanitarian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) – also known as drones. Below is his reflection on the training and the future of UAVs in humanitarian relief and development work.
Food security analysis is a core function of WFP’s work. It is the basis for the design of all operations (emergency operations, protracted relief and recovery operations as well as country programmes). Prior to the design of operations in any country, WFP undertakes an analysis of the food security situation and answers some critical questions:
• who is food insecure or vulnerable?
• how many are there?
• where do they live?
• why are they food insecure or vulnerable?
Posted by Ed Duffus, Plan International Digital Birth Registration Project Manager
Ed DuffusMay 2015: When Motorola’s Martin Cooper made the first cellphone call way back in 1973, he knew he was onto something big, but he couldn’t have known how important mobile phone technology would become. Today, ICT is making a huge contribution to the development of societies around the world.
This project is conducted in response to Global Disaster Preparedness Center’s (GDPC) initiative of developing flood hazard preparedness mobile apps in the four target countries (Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam). In particular, this project aims to accomplish the following objectives:
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Iridium donates new emergency telecommunication equipment to ITU
Geneva, 20 May 2015 – Iridium Communications Inc, a satellite communications company that offers global voice and data communications coverage, has donated new emergency telecommunication equipment to ITU. The donation, which consists of 25 satellite phones and batteries, will strengthen ITU’s telecommunication capacity in response to natural disasters.
Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.