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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...

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 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...

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...

Find humanitarian information by organization

By Andrew Kobylinski

Over the past 17 years, more than 5,000 humanitarian organizations have supplied ReliefWeb with 540,000 pieces of humanitarian related information.

So to help you easily find what you’re looking for, from within our vast humanitarian information archive, we've created a new section called ‘organizations’. Now you can choose to find humanitarian information by either updates, countries, disasters,...

ReliefWeb 2014 - A snippet of what’s to come

By Andrew Kobylinski

2013 has been a big year for ReliefWeb! We collected and published over 42,000 humanitarian updates and launched many new initiatives such as Topics pages, the ReliefWeb mobile site and APIs. There were over 11.8 million visits during the year and we reached the amazing milestone of publishing 500,000 reports and maps since our launch in 1996. But that’s now in the past! So looking forward in...

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...

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...

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...

Search box + filters = Speed

By Shuichi Odaka

We post a lot of content and frankly, we don’t expect everyone to read everything. This is why we put a lot of effort into making our search engine better. By clicking on the filters and typing search terms into the search box, you can easily narrow down on the items that really matter to you.

We’re happy that many of you have discovered the power of filters and search, as we now see that more...

Looking for thematic expertise in the humanitarian "World"?

By Viola Voss

Long-time users of ReliefWeb might remember the separate Policy and Issues section on our old (that is pre-2011) website that focused on global analytical reports, evaluations, lessons learned, manuals, guidelines, etc. Our current site has fully integrated these types of documents, so that country-specific information of this kind doesn’t get overlooked. We explained this move on our feedback...

Updates and improvements: New ReliefWeb home page, search & more

By Shuichi Odaka

Change is underway at ReliefWeb! We are pleased about the site updates and our new blog that we are rolling out today, and about an array of updates and improvements we have planned for the coming months. In addition to some small design updates, important new features are now live on the site.

More than a year after launching the new version of ReliefWeb, we have plans and team in place to begin...