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Bumper six months for ReliefWeb postings

By Madeleine Wackernagel

We don’t usually report back on ReliefWeb’s six-month performance indicators, but then again, these are not normal times. Thanks to the flood of information surrounding COVID-19 and the number of sources producing reports, analyses, infographics, manuals and guidelines, we have been inundated over the first six months of the year, with June proving to be the busiest time in terms of volume, even...

Why your feedback is so important

By Madeleine Wackernagel

When we launched the new responsive ReliefWeb site in February, it was after extensive research and user surveys, backed up by analytics data detailing our users’ preferences and priorities.

For us, the substantial increase in mobile use warranted a tailored response - hence we set out to make ReliefWeb as flexible and speedy for mobile users as possible, while not forgetting desktop and tablet...

ReliefWeb launches regional COVID-19 Topics pages

By Madeleine Wackernagel

On 7 May 2020, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launched a revised COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan to include another nine vulnerable countries - Benin, Djibouti, Liberia, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Togo and Zimbabwe - and calling for US$6.7 billion. So far it has raised almost $1 billion. The original GHRP, released on 25 March 2020,...

What’s new at ReliefWeb: COVID-19 Topic Page and latest improvements to usability

By ReliefWeb team

COVID-19 Topic Page

When the World Health Organization pronounced COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11 2020, there were more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people had lost their lives.

At time of writing, those numbers had topped 1,350,000 cases in 184 countries, with almost 75,000 deaths. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which manages ReliefWeb, launched...

Getting familiar with the new ReliefWeb responsive site

By Miguel Angel Hernandez Rivera

Since ReliefWeb launched its new responsive site, we have received feedback from many of our users, especially about usability and navigation. We truly value your input, which we can apply to continue improving the site to meet your needs.

While we review that feedback and continue working on better ways to present and deliver the critical humanitarian information to our global users, we would...

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Revamped ReliefWeb focuses on accessibility and flexibility

By Andrew Footner

In 2010, when work started on ReliefWeb’s last major redesign, there weren't many visitors on mobile phones. Indeed, there were fewer than 60,000 users on mobile, just over 1%. Nine years later, more than five million visitors to the site used only mobile devices, almost half the total.

To serve the growing number of mobile visitors, m.reliefweb.int was launched in 2013, a stripped-down,...

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ReliefWeb in 2019 - the records keep on coming…

By Madeleine Wackernagel

In 2019, ReliefWeb continued to break its own records, topping the 10 million mark for the first time, with 10.8 million visitors. In a year characterized by extraordinary natural disasters – ranging from Cyclones Idai and Kenneth affecting millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in the first quarter of the year, to Hurricane Dorian hitting the Bahamas in August, extremes of drought...

How ReliefWeb’s Topic Pages help to shed light on complex humanitarian issues

By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida

It is a commonplace that there is an abundance of information available about humanitarian situations; the key issue is not how much information we have at our disposal but how we present it in the most user-friendly manner, so that our audience can tap into it quickly and easily.

The selection filters and advanced search on ReliefWeb have improved over the years, allowing users to quickly narrow...

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Humanitarian Transparency: Information-sharing during protracted emergencies

By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida

As an outcome of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the Grand Bargain aims at improving the efficiency of humanitarian action. Among the commitments made were increasing the transparency in financing and support to local responders.

Publish What You Fund, the global campaign for aid and development transparency, was tasked with researching the information needs of humanitarian actors,...

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ReliefWeb, a trove of resources for the academic community

By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida

While ReliefWeb was first created as an information-sharing platform to support well-informed decision-making in humanitarian crises, over the years the variety and comprehensiveness of its content have also made it a go-to resource for the academic community. Not only the humanitarians of tomorrow, but also many students and scholars in development and international relations are tapping into...

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ReliefWeb subscriptions get a revamp

By Miguel Hernandez Rivera

Many of you (more than 150,000 subscribers at the last count!) receive various updates from Reliefweb, including OCHA situation reports, disaster updates, jobs, training and other country-specific information. To make your user experience much better, we have revamped our inbox updates to include the following features:

Same ‘look and feel’: you can easily identify ReliefWeb emails by their...

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ReliefWeb fait un pas de plus vers le multilinguisme

By Andy Footner

Les récents visiteurs du site mobile de ReliefWeb auront remarqué un nouvel outil... Un sélecteur de langue est maintenant disponible dans le coin supérieur droit du site.

Cliquez dessus, et vous verrez trois options après l'anglais : espagnol, français et russe.

Il faut préciser que cet outil ne permet pas de traduire le contenu du site (la traduction de quelque 650 000 rapports de l'anglais vers...

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ReliefWeb da un paso más hacia el multilingüismo

By Andy Footner

Los visitantes recientes del sitio móvil de ReliefWeb habrán notado que contamos con una nueva herramienta… En la esquina superior derecha del sitio ahora está disponible un selector de idiomas.

Dale clic, y verás tres opciones después del inglés: español, francés, y ruso.

Debemos aclarar que esta herramienta no traducirá el contenido. (La traducción de unos 650,000 informes del inglés a otros tres...

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Found in translation

By Andy Footner

Recent visitors to the ReliefWeb mobile site might have noticed a new feature... Tucked into the top-right-hand corner, there's now a language switcher.

Click it, and you'll see two options, French and Spanish (with some more due soon).

To be clear, this won't bring translated content. (Translating 650,000 reports from English into two other languages would merit a much bigger announcement - and...

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Recommended reading - more ways to find related content, ‘most-read’ and ‘must read’ reports

By Andy Footner

The number of reports published on ReliefWeb recently passed another milestone: 750,000. The archive has been built up since 1996, and the pace is increasing - more than 50,000 reports were posted in 2018.

Analytics show that well over half of these reports are viewed every year, and maintaining this archive is a core part of ReliefWeb's mission, as is informing humanitarians about the current...

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ReliefWeb hit a new record in 2018

By ReliefWeb Team

In November 2018, 977,000 users visited ReliefWeb - the highest monthly usage since the site was launched more than 20 years ago.

What this statistic shows is that ReliefWeb remains the “go-to” online platform for humanitarians around the world. Our 24/7 operation and editorial processes ensure that ReliefWeb delivers relevant and reliable information on ongoing crises and timely updates when a...

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From static to dynamic: OCHA’s Situation Reports moving online

By Andrej Verity, Digital Services, OCHA Information Management Branch

OCHA products are designed to help everyone involved in a humanitarian aid operation find the information they need to understand the context, organize an effective response and monitor results. Over time, we developed several core reporting products: Flash Updates, Situation Reports and Humanitarian Bulletins. We also continue to produce maps, snapshots, infographics and other kinds of media.

At...

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RW Crises Key Figures now on ReliefWeb mobile site

By Andrew Footner

Imagine you are tasked with finding out how many refugees there are in Kenya, where they're from, and how the situation has changed from last year... Where do you start?

Managing information about a crisis is difficult and time-consuming. More so when the information is buried deep in pdfs, when the figures vary from day to day and source to source.

To make it easier to quickly grasp the extent of...

How to launch a career in the humanitarian sector

By Carlos Hinojosa

Two of the most frequent questions that we receive daily from users of the ReliefWeb jobs section are "Where can I send a job application?" and "How can I help or collaborate with you?" Many of these messages come from university graduates seeking to make positive contributions to the world and looking for an entry point.

The first challenge: work experience

Many recent university graduates seek to...

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¿Cómo empezar una carrera en el sector humanitario?

By Carlos Hinojosa

Algunas de las preguntas más frecuentes que recibimos a diario de los usuarios de nuestra bolsa de trabajo son “¿dónde puedo enviar una solicitud de empleo?” o “¿cómo puedo ayudar o colaborar con ustedes?” Muchos de estos mensajes vienen de personas recién egresadas de la universidad que buscan aportar algo al mundo, pero simplemente no saben por dónde empezar.

También hemos recibido mensajes de...

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