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Humanitarian leadership stories

By Sofie Garde Thomle

In challenging times and despite rising needs, the humanitarian system continues to save and transform lives. Strong leadership by the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators plays a crucial part in this.

Humanitarian leaders must act quickly and impartially while keeping a focus on the big picture, the external environment, the future and organizational change. In particular, the...


What’s new at ReliefWeb

By Madeleine Wackernagel

It’s been a while since we checked in with our users so I wanted to let you know what ReliefWeb has been up to in the past four months. We are pleased to report that user numbers are still rising. From the first quarter of last year to the same period in 2021, the number of users increased by almost 30 percent, to just over five million. In that same period, mobile use increased by almost 39...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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...

Protection & Human Rights, Disaster Management, Mine Action, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding now added to the growing list of Topics pages

By ReliefWeb

** PLEASE NOTE some of these topic pages are not maintained anymore. See recent topic pages

Our Topics categories just keep growing! Since the launch of Topics pages in August over 16,000 visitors have searched for humanitarian information by various topics. This week we’ve added Protection & Human Rights, Disaster Management, Mine Action, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding to the list of topic...

Are you looking for flood, drought, earthquake or storm information?

By Andrew Kobylinski

** PLEASE NOTE some topic pages are not maintained anymore. See recent topic pages

A couple of months ago we set up a labs project that created Topics pages for disaster types (e.g. floods, storms, etc). We presented users with a prototype ‘Floods’ page and sought feedback on the content, design, layout and functionality. After receiving a great response from users and taking on board some of your...

From idea to ‘Topic’

By Andrew Kobylinski

After many hours of development, programming, reviewing content, tagging information, seeking feedback and creating exciting new functionality, we are proud to graduate our Topics pages from concept to a full-fledged feature of ReliefWeb. Now users are able to search for humanitarian information by either latest update, countries, disasters or topics.

You can easily find the topics pages by using...

Topics pages evolve to include disaster types

By Andrew Kobylinski

** PLEASE NOTE some topic pages are not maintained anymore. See recent topic pages

Last month we launched the beta version of our new topics pages as mentioned in our previous blog post. We've had a great response from the Reliefweb user community and are pleased to learn that the content service based around thematic topics is both useful and relevant to your information needs. We would like to...

Find humanitarian information by Country, Disaster… and now by ‘Topic’

By Andrew Kobylinski

Staying up to date in your area of humanitarian expertise is always important, so we have decided to introduce a content service called “Topics” to help you achieve this. ReliefWeb’s current design allows you to easily find information either by the latest updates, country or disaster. Now our new section ‘Topics’ will further help you find what you are looking for by focusing your search on...