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Humanitarian icons 2.0: Visual tools for the aid community

By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida

As 2018 is drawing to a close, the release of a new set of humanitarian icons may well be OCHA’s end-of-year gift to all of us working in digital communications.

From disaster types to clusters to affected people, humanitarian icons come in handy for inclusion in websites, reports, maps, and any other kind of publications such as humanitarian snapshots. “At first the icons were developed because...

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At global conference, students use ReliefWeb data to pitch to donors

By Yuan-Kwan Chan

110 participants.

20 minutes to prepare.

3 judges.

1.5 minutes to convince a donor on how to aid polio vaccination efforts in Syria.

That was the challenge posed to student delegates representing 27 nationalities and 56 higher education institutions recently in Bangkok, Thailand. The participants, selected to attend the 2018 University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS), learned about ReliefWeb and...

Going mobile, version 2: Tell us what you think!

By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida

We have just rebuilt the mobile version of our website. You may remember that a while back we launched ReliefWeb Lite in a bid to better meet the needs of users in low-bandwidth countries. Our Labs research ultimately proved to us that an enhanced mobile version would be more sustainable and stable.

Our mobile version 2 has combined the speed and simplicity of version 1 with the best features of...

Learning lessons from ReliefWeb Labs

By Andrew Footner

As another ReliefWeb Labs project - ReliefWeb Lite - is 'decommissioned', this post explains why that can happen, even with successful projects, and the benefits of abandoning prototypes that don't quite fit.

Since 1996, ReliefWeb has seen a lot of changes and for the past six years, Labs has been the place for trying out new ideas. It is also used to inform the humanitarian community about other...

How we inform on humanitarian crises 24/7

By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida

Because humanitarian response isn’t only active from 9 to 5, neither is ReliefWeb. We actually monitor crisis situations non-stop. In reply to the question: “How do you make it work?”, here’s the answer to why and how we transitioned to the 24/7 operating model to ensure the timely delivery of crucial information.

Team members strategically located

For many years our editorial work was divvied up...

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Building Community Topics pages

By Miguel Hernandez Rivera

You ask, ReliefWeb delivers

Since launching our Topics pages in 2013, we have refined and consolidated the section, concentrating on the key issues of the day, such as Fighting Famine in Four Countries, the Humanitarian Crisis in the Kasai region of DRC, and the Refugee/Migrant Emergencies in Europe and South-east Asia. And now, in response to requests from our humanitarian partners, we are...

Field usage and mobile access on the rise: ReliefWeb in 2017

By Véronique Durroux-Malpartida

There are stories behind numbers, and we can learn a lot by looking at ReliefWeb analytics trends in 2017. Throughout the year, more than 6,8 million users visited ReliefWeb, an 18.33% increase from 2016. Let’s take a closer look at what and who are behind those figures.

More visibility equals more users

In 2017 we reached out to potential users looking for humanitarian content via new channels...

Improved Training section makes it easier to find the opportunities you are looking for

By Jason Fallow

KEY POINTS

We’ve improved our search filters to make finding training opportunities easier. New tabs allow you to discover free and online courses in one click. Revised scope means you’ll find courses that are more relevant to your career.

ReliefWeb is the humanitarian community’s go-to site for training opportunities, and now we’ve made it even easier for you to find exactly what you’re looking...

ReliefWeb Lite - thinking about low bandwidth-countries Progressive Web App

By Amy Benson

Mobile usage continues to grow across the world and browsers are introducing new features that enable web developers to introduce app-like features on their website. ReliefWeb has been no exception - the usage of mobile devices to access our content has been steadily growing, now averaging 30% of all usage. In addition to native mobile apps we have introduced last year, we thought now was a good...

Latest Humanitarian Updates - Now on Apple News

By Alona Volinsky

We’re excited to share that recently ReliefWeb joined the list of news sources available on Apple News - Apple’s latest news aggregator app. The app is available on all iPhones and iPads and includes a large selection of topics from top news organizations and independent publishers.

ReliefWeb content is available in three categories: our curated headlines, all our news and maps & infographics. The...

ReliefWeb now on Google Play Newsstand

By Miguel Hernandez Rivera

ReliefWeb is pleased to announce that our content is now available on Google Newsstand mobile app and website, Google’s news reader app for Android phones and tablets featuring newspapers, magazines, blogs and other sites.

ReliefWeb aims to make humanitarian updates readily available in various channels for the widest dissemination to our audience, be it via reliefweb.int, mobile apps or on...

ReliefWeb mobile usage soars at half-way stage

By Madeleine Wackernagel

The most significant “take-away” from this year’s January to June analytics comparison over the same period in 2016 is the rise in mobile use - up by a staggering 37.46 percent. Last year, ReliefWeb introduced five mobile apps - for Crises, Headlines, Jobs, Training and Videos - and they are having a significant effect on how users are tapping into the website via mobile phones as a whole. The...

How your job postings can better attract the right candidates

By Kathryn Lee

ReliefWeb's immensely popular Jobs section makes it an ideal platform for your job advertisements targeting humanitarian professionals. With over 1,500 organizations posting roughly 35,000 job announcements in the last 12 months with more than 40,000 visits a day, you'll want to make sure that your job postings are seen by the right people. To help you better target your advertisements, we have...

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New Topics page takes a closer look at the Kasai crisis

By Veronique Durroux

Read the French version/Cliquer ici pour la version française

The Kasai area, previously a relatively stable, off-the-radar region in central DR Congo, has drawn international attention since a violent crisis began in August 2016.

Originally between local militia and national security forces, the armed conflict has taken on ethnic dimensions and resulted in violence affecting civilians across the...

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ReliefWeb Topics page tracks Bay of Bengal displacement, migration

By Irwin Loy

From 2013 to 2015, one of the world’s most perilous maritime migration routes cut through a stretch of waterway in South and South-East Asia.

Smugglers used the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea as a corridor to connect desperate refugees and migrants to destinations throughout the region and beyond. For many travellers, however, it is a dangerous journey.

An estimated 1,800 people died while...

When famine stalks the land

By Madeleine Wackernagel

In February, the United Nations declared famine in Unity State, a northern area of South Sudan (WFP, UNICEF, FAO, 20 Feb 2017). About 100,000 people were deemed to be at immediate risk of starvation, with up to a million more classified as being on the brink of famine. The violence and food insecurity over the past four years have created the continent’s largest refugee crisis, with almost one...

Four Reasons Why You Should Use the ReliefWeb Crises App

By Birat Lekhak

We have released a new version of the RW Crises app, which has seen more than 3,500 downloads since its launch in October 2016. The Crises app features key figures, access to latest updates, real-time funding status, as well as an overview for each humanitarian crisis.

The powered-up version is faster and offers four significant improvements from the previous version:

Features:

Comprehensive...

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Number of ReliefWeb users topped 6 million in 2016, Africa user base still on the rise

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...

ReliefWeb Apps: 12,000 downloads and counting!

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:

RW Crises provides real-time data and funding information as well as maps, infographics, and situation...

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All the information on humanitarian crises in southern and eastern Africa on one page

By Madeleine Wackernagel

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...