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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...

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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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...

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

By VĂ©ronique 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...

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

By Amy Benson

UPDATE: In July 2018, ReliefWeb Lite was decommissioned and replaced by an enhanced mobile version of ReliefWeb.

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...

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...

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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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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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...

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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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,...

Do you need access to ReliefWeb on your smartphone?

By Andrew Kobylinski

It’s official, ReliefWeb Mobile is ready to go. After months of conceptualising, developing and testing, ReliefWeb Mobile is our first “Labs” project to graduate into a ready-to-use mobile platform. After asking you, the users, what you need from ReliefWeb, we prioritised and delivered the mobile site.

Feedback from our surveys indicated that users need an easy way to read updates on mobile...

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Introducing ReliefWeb Mobile

By Shuichi Odaka

Suppose you are at a bus stop and have two minutes of idle time. You pull out your phone, go to ReliefWeb and find out what's happening in the humanitarian world (OK, maybe after you've checked your timeline on Facebook or Twitter). This scenario - two minutes at a bus stop - is what we had in mind when building ReliefWeb Mobile.

As noted on ReliefWeb Labs, we've been working quietly on a version...