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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 revamped pages in our Topics section - the others are Gender, Health, Humanitarian Financing and Safety & Security, as well as the brand new European Refugee/Migrant Crisis. In addition, the Topic page is broken down into sub-topics to aid in the searching and filtering process; for example, under Gender there would be a content stream covering Gender-based violence, and another on Women, peace and security. Similarly, under Humanitarian Financing, there are three sub-heads: Transparency, Private Sector and Pooled Funds.

Gender topic page

We will add or remove Topic pages from the section according to relevance, need and feedback, so please do contact us at with your ideas and suggestions.

We hope that by having dedicated expert eyes on the content of these pages - and particularly the “Must Read” content stream - we will be able to better cater to the needs of the humanitarian community and the specialists operating in those subjects. Our plan in the longer term is to integrate current and potential partner information streams, such as HDX, into the data feeds to keep expanding the information resources available to each topic community.

We introduced the Topic pages in 2013 to help users stay up-to-date in specific areas of humanitarian expertise by bringing together and highlighting global analysis, evaluations, lessons learned, manuals and guidelines and other substantive reports. Expert curation of the "Must Read" section, in particular, makes the most important elements of the subject easy and rapid to find, without complicated searches.

The latest version will build on this experience and help our users to quickly and easily access meaningful content hand-picked by our editorial team. We look forward to hearing from you!