Recommended reading - more ways to find related content, ‘most-read’ and ‘must read’ reports

Andy Footner

The number of reports published on ReliefWeb recently passed another milestone: 750,000. The archive has been built up since 1996, and the pace is increasing - more than 50,000 reports were posted in 2018.

Analytics show that well over half of these reports are viewed every year, and maintaining this archive is a core part of ReliefWeb's mission, as is informing humanitarians about the current situation.

Editors manually tag all the content, so the filters and search option make it as easy as possible to find individual reports.

Since 2012, editors have also been selecting headlines to draw attention to the most important current reports. They are displayed on the home page and at

The criteria for choosing headlines is to highlight:

  • new developments in ongoing disasters and emergencies;
  • under-reported/under-funded disasters and emergencies;
  • emerging issues; and
  • evaluation and lessons learned.

To increase their visibility, recent headlines are now also displayed on the country pages. Up to five headlines from the last 30 days pertaining to the country are shown next to the most-read reports.

When considered with the other curated content at the top of the country pages, the headlines help to give a concise and up-to-date summary of the local humanitarian situation.

Another helpful way to find relevant content is to see what others in the humanitarian community are reading. There are already lists of the most-read content relating to countries and disasters and now there's also a site-wide guide to top reports on the home page.

These are the five most-read reports published in the past 24 hours, so expect the list to change often.

For content providers interested in finding more details of how many visitors are reading their posts on ReliefWeb, please see this Frequently Asked Question for more information on how to view the analytics results:

The most-read lists and the headlines can be used together to see what the editors highlight and what engages other visitors. While we expect there to be a lot of overlap, these two approaches to highlighting the most important information should work well together.

The new 'related content' display uses tags to suggest five other reports for further information and to provide deeper context. The content displayed is updated as new reports are tagged.

Related content shown next to jobs and training posts are filtered by country and/or theme (where appropriate; for jobs and training, filtering by country is only applied where the country has an ongoing crisis or disaster).

For those shown next to reports, disaster tags, if there are any, are also included. Where filtering by tags doesn't provide results, the site's most-read reports are shown instead.

We are monitoring the relevance and usefulness of all of these recommendations and will continue to make changes to improve them. As always, your feedback is a key part of this, so please let us know what you think.