Interactive Crisis Map Displays Humanitarian Information in the Central African Republic
Internews has just released a new version of a crisis map for the Central African Republic (CAR) that displays, on a daily basis, humanitarian information collected from across the country by local journalists from Internews' partner, the Association of Journalists for Human Rights (RJDH).
The map, originally created in 2012, was developed under Internews' current CAR project – "Support to local media to provide information to the most vulnerable in the Central African Republic," – and is available in French and English.
The map was created by Elva, a software company that creates an open source platform for organizations to collaborate with communities to map local needs.
Users can access map information filtered by categories, such as health and water, which are designed to mirror as much as possible the United Nation cluster system. This functionality allows the humanitarian community to display the information they need quickly and easily directly on the map.
The Crisis Map also allows users to seamlessly compare the number of reports on needs and the number of reports on the response provided, proving a quick snapshot of gaps and challenges in the provision of humanitarian assistance to the local population.
The goal of the map is to help humanitarian organizations better plan and focus Communications with Affected Communities (CwC) efforts, and humanitarian response. The map will be also useful for the international community, donors and the diaspora in getting more information about the humanitarian situation in the country in real time and directly from the primary source, local journalists.