A look at the ideas and projects we're working on as we strive to grow and improve ReliefWeb.

Building Community Topics pages

By Miguel Hernandez Rivera

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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 pleased to announce the launch of Community Topics.

ReliefWeb Community Topic pages come in two types:

  1. A ReliefWeb integrated page: A page on a topic proposed by our content partner organization(s) and of interest to the humanitarian community. The page is powered by dynamic content feed from ReliefWeb’s vast archive using the advanced search, with flexible layout and options to display related Jobs, Training and Tweets. Our editorial team works with the subject experts to agree on the coverage scope and high-value for curated content (such as “Must Read”); or

  2. An external thematic website highlighted on the Topics landing page to help partners leverage RW’s high traffic to highlight humanitarian themes.

The first of these is Accountability on Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies, designed with the Real-time Accountability Partnership (RTAP). The objective of this new page is to promote system-wide accountability for GBV prevention and response in emergencies. RTAP members have outlined roles, responsibilities, and actions related to prioritisation of GBV that should be taken during an emergency, captured in the RTAP Action Framework. This, in turn, is predicated upon a baseline assessment of GBV programming in five country-based humanitarian responses as well as existing international guidelines, best practices and learning from the RTAP baseline assessment carried out in 2016.

Then followed the Environment and Humanitarian Action page, requested by UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) to integrate environmental issues into humanitarian programmes to ensure effective, sustainable and accountable aid operations. The idea being that by addressing environmental factors early on in humanitarian programmes, one can assess the underlying environmental issues that may have contributed to the disaster or crisis in the first place, as well as reduce the risk of recurrence; improve community health and safety by reducing air and water pollution; and protect people and the environment from future hazards through mitigation activities.

Another initiative is Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE), which focuses on how to facilitate access to fuel and energy for cooking, heating, and lighting for crisis-affected populations. SAFE seeks to combine improved technologies, alternative fuels, livelihood and environmental activities to provide emergency support for power needs to ensure the safety and wellbeing of displaced people; help to shift communities away from wood fuel and towards healthier and more sustainable options; and mitigate environmental degradation through agroforestry activities and reduced biomass consumption.

If you would like to partner with ReliefWeb in this initiative, please review the terms of service of the Topic Page section and submit the required information through https://reliefweb.int/contact - category "features". For all other comments or suggestions about the section, we welcome your feedback.