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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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Making it easier for training providers to reach ReliefWeb users

By Yuan-Kwan Chan

ReliefWeb’s Training section has been gaining popularity. Last year, the section advertised about 3,000 training opportunities by more than 570 organizations, catering to the needs of humanitarian professionals - a 16.5 per cent rise in the number of advertisements compared to the previous year and a threefold increase since 2009.

These days, training opportunities for humanitarians are offered in...

User survey results - helping to improve ReliefWeb

By Shuichi Odaka

In October 2014, we undertook a comprehensive user survey designed to help us get a better understanding of why and how you use ReliefWeb as well as what you do with the information you find. We also wanted to find out what kind of humanitarian information you need for your daily work, and what services you may want from ReliefWeb going forward. By learning more about you and your humanitarian...

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Making it easier for you to stay on top of humanitarian developments

By Andrew Kobylinski

It’s April 2015, and so far this year ReliefWeb has already uploaded more than 15,000 updates and covered fourteen natural disasters. We’re updating ReliefWeb daily with new reports and maps. Our goal is to keep the global humanitarian community informed about the latest developments on crises and disasters.

One of the best ways for users to stay current of the latest humanitarian updates is via...

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2014 - Another record year for ReliefWeb

By Andrew Kobylinski

2014 was another record year for ReliefWeb, with over 4.96 million users accessing ReliefWeb more than 12 million times.

We added more than 54,000 reports and maps to ReliefWeb and covered all the year’s major crises such as the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

We also we introduced some great new initiatives that were designed to help you more...

ReliefWeb now aggregates and curates humanitarian videos

By Andrew Kobylinski

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

Video reporting has increasingly become an effective way for humanitarian organizations to communicate the work they undertake. However, with millions of videos online finding quality humanitarian videos can be challenging. So to give you easy access to humanitarian videos, we’re trialling...

Do you need country maps for your next humanitarian report, website or presentation?

By Andrew Kobylinski

To help humanitarians produce informative and well-designed information products, ReliefWeb and the Visual Information Unit (VIU) of the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have collaborated to make available more than 200 updated country and territory location maps.

Since first publishing the location maps, OCHA has made a series of improvements. The maps are now available in PNG, PDF and...

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Find what you’re looking for with ReliefWeb’s new filters and advanced search

By Andrew Kobylinski

As you've probably noticed, we've just made some changes to ReliefWeb’s design and usability. These changes are designed to help you more easily navigate through ReliefWeb and are based on the feedback you provided in our recent user survey.

For many years, users have been telling us that they love the filters. However, you've also been telling us that their usability and functionality could be...

Help the humanitarian community by taking the ReliefWeb user survey

By Andrew Kobylinski

At ReliefWeb, your feedback, ideas and suggestions are very important to us. They are what have helped ReliefWeb become such an important tool for the humanitarian community. We’re always exploring new ways to deliver humanitarian information, but we can’t do it without your input.

To ensure that ReliefWeb best meets the information needs of humanitarians, we’ve decided to undertake some research...

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API update: Two new features to make humanitarian tools more useful

By Andrew Kobylinski

Earlier this year we officially launched the ReliefWeb API (v.1.0). The API allows web developers and tech-savvy humanitarians access to over 17 years’ worth of carefully selected and curated humanitarian content stored in the ReliefWeb database.

For all our non-technical humanitarian users, API is short for “application programming interface”, and it enables websites, software, and apps to talk...

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World Humanitarian Day 2014

By Andrew Kobylinski

Every year on 19 August, the global humanitarian community commemorates World Humanitarian Day. It is a day to recognize all humanitarian aid workers who face danger and adversity in order to help others. It also commemorates all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service.

On 19 August 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN office in Baghdad.

This year’s commemoration...

Stay “alert” with ReliefWeb’s enhanced disaster monitoring system

By Andrew Kobylinski

Hundreds of natural disasters occur each year. According to UNOCHA’s World Humanitarian Data and Trends, natural disasters affected more than 124.5 million people worldwide in 2012. Having access to timely and relevant information is key for humanitarians to be prepared and effective in response.

At ReliefWeb, we aim to provide timely disaster information that is useful and relevant to the...

Get national disaster management information straight from the source

By Andrew Kobylinski

Last year, we posted a blog discussing the editorial process behind ReliefWeb’s natural disaster coverage. The blog outlined how our editors monitor and gather information from a variety of reliable sources in order to provide you with timely and comprehensive disaster updates.

One of our key sources of disaster information are National Disaster Management Authorities (NDMA). During our daily...

Transforming humanitarian data into knowledge: Introducing the ReliefWeb API

By Andrew Kobylinski

Are you developing innovative online products for humanitarians? Do you want to incorporate ReliefWeb content and data in your website or online application? Then the new ReliefWeb API may be just what you’re looking for.

It’s been eight months since we released the initial version of the API to a small number of interested developers. We were encouraged by the interest and feedback, but we also...

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