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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...

Interactive visuals on ReliefWeb: Another way to view data

By Yuan-Kwan Chan

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...

ReliefWeb Data Snapshots: RW usage analysis powered by ReliefWeb API and Google Analytics

By Miguel Hernandez Rivera

**PLEASE NOTE the Data Snapshots have been discontinued. Learn more about the reasons for decommissioned project on our Labs Page

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...

Behind the scenes: Making your job search results better

By Kathryn Lee

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...

Still relevant after all these years

By Madeleine Wackernagel

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 Council

“ReliefWeb...

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ReliefWeb mobile apps released

By Birat Lekhak

UPDATE: In July 2018, the mobile apps were replaced by an enhanced mobile version of ReliefWeb. More here

ReliefWeb’s Product Development team had a busy summer working on its first mobile apps. We wanted to share these useful new products with our users, marking the occasion of 20 years of our humanitarian information service.

Our apps will bring you ReliefWeb's content right to your fingertips,...

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Why humanitarians turn to ReliefWeb in emergencies

By Yuan-Kwan Chan

During the past 20 years, humanitarian professionals around the world have turned to ReliefWeb as their go-to source for information in responding to a disaster or crisis. Several of our users told us why.

***Brian Kelly, Regional Advisor for Asia and the Pacific, Emergency and Post-Crisis Unit, International Organization for Migration (IOM):*

ReliefWeb has created this niche where if people know...

Compare and contrast: ReliefWeb analytics Jan-Jun 2015 vs 2016

By Madeleine Wackernagel

From the ReliefWeb office in the middle of the UN’s Africa headquarters in Nairobi it makes perfect sense that Kenya should once again be the top user base for ReliefWeb, surrounded as we are by all the leading UN agencies and NGOs, as well as, unfortunately, some of the biggest crises - drought in Ethiopia, civil strife and food insecurity in South Sudan, violence, displacement in the Central...

ReliefWeb Developing Four Mobile Apps

By Birat Lekhak

Mobile visitors to ReliefWeb have increased significantly in the last few years. In 2015, mobile visitors to our site increased by an overwhelming 71%, of which over 90% were new visitors. The biggest increase in mobile users came from countries such as Kenya, Indonesia, Turkey and Uganda

To meet this growing demand and make information more accessible on the go and in the field locations,...

ReliefWeb API documentation revamped

By Miguel Hernandez Rivera

Do you want to use real-time ReliefWeb content and data directly in your app or page? We are happy to announce the public release of a new version of the API documentation.

The first version (version 0) of the API was launched in 2014. After some years of increasing use, it evolved to the actual version and now, it is receiving more than half a million requests per day.

With this new update to the...

Trending Topics

By Madeleine Wackernagel

Type “El Niño” into Google and the results number almost 15 million - it’s a very hot subject right now and will be for at least the rest of this year. Hence why ReliefWeb has created a dedicated El Niño 2015-16 page, packed with graphics, links to relevant articles filtered by affected regions, Video links, Twitter feeds, Funding news and related Jobs and Training content.

This is just one of the...

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Bringing Twitter streams to disasters

By Madeleine Wackernagel

** UPDATE While we still manage our Twitter account, we removed the Twitter streams for disasters in July 2018.

In 2015, ReliefWeb covered 88 natural disasters, with the Nepal earthquakes the most significant. Within minutes of the first quake, on 25 April, photographs and commentary about the disaster were posted on Twitter, providing real-time updates for victims and relief workers alike, in a...

ReliefWeb in 2015: Usage increases by 20% from the previous year, Africa now the biggest user base

By Satoko Nakagawa

In 2015, ReliefWeb topped our own record again for the number of site visits and reports and maps published. 2015 saw 14.5 million sessions, a 20% increase from the previous year, by 5.7 million users, almost 16% increase in the same period.

ReliefWeb added 61,287 reports and maps (+11.66% from 2014), 10% of which were on the Syria crisis (more than 5,500 content). We highlighted almost 1,900...

Comprehensive El Niño humanitarian updates with one click: ReliefWeb’s new El Niño topic page

By Andrew Kobylinski

** PLEASE NOTE this topic page is not maintained anymore

In 2016, millions of vulnerable people globally may be affected by the effects of El Niño, including drought, floods and food insecurity. Already Ethiopia is experiencing its worst El Niño-related drought in 30 years, leaving 10.2 million people in need of emergency food aid. Tens of millions of people across east and southern Africa, the...

Log into ReliefWeb with your Humanitarian ID

By Andrew Kobylinski

A ReliefWeb account gives you the ability to save your favorite content and subscribe to a range of email subscription services. Now you can log into ReliefWeb with your Humanitarian ID (HID) account.

Humanitarian ID is a contact information management system used by responders during crises or disasters. Being able to use your HID account to log into ReliefWeb not only means that you have one...

Nepal Earthquake, Cyclone Pam and Yemen Crisis significantly increase ReliefWeb usage in 2015

By Andrew Kobylinski

More than ever humanitarian workers are seeking timely and reliable information to help them plan and deliver humanitarian responses to disasters and crises that are happening worldwide. As the humanitarian community’s leading source of information, ReliefWeb has been providing humanitarian information services since 1996. In the first half of 2015, ReliefWeb access has grown substantially, with...

Helping you find the right humanitarian

By KathrynLee

More than 1,400 humanitarian organizations have used ReliefWeb’s job section to reach out and find the right candidates. In 2014 humanitarian organizations advertised over 26,500 jobs on ReliefWeb to approximately almost 5 million visitors. Finding the right candidates at the right time, however, can be a challenge, so to help humanitarian recruiters we’ve made some improvements to our jobs...

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Humanitarian Videos beta v. 2: More than 3,000 humanitarian videos now available on ReliefWeb

By Adrian Ciancio

** UPDATE Please note the Videos section is not updated anymore. More about our decommissioned projects here

In February 2015, ReliefWeb launched the Videos section beta v. 1.0 in our Labs space to gauge the usefulness of this new content service. Based on the surveys and analytics, we are happy to find that users love our Video section, content of which is painstakingly selected for relevance and...

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RWLabs opens doors to innovation

By Adrian Ciancio

Over the past couple of years, we have used our Labs to test new ideas and products for ReliefWeb. It's in this space that we have seen, for example, the growth of our API or the Video section.

At the same time, we saw a significant increase in activity related to humanitarian innovation, indicating that innovation has become central to the humanitarian community. It's a pity not to share the...

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How to find the most suitable jobs on ReliefWeb

By Celine Parade

Looking for a job in the humanitarian and development sector?

ReliefWeb is a great resource for job seekers. Not only can you find hundreds of new humanitarian vacancies published each day on our platform, you can also gain insights into the countries and topics of your interest. Learn how to find the most suitable job openings as well as relevant background information to prepare for your job...

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