Tools & Resources

Tools & Resources

  • API
  • RSS
  • Crisis Key Figures
  • ReliefWeb home page “messaging space”
  • ReliefWeb Location Maps
  • OCHA Humanitarian Icons
  • Glossary of Humanitarian Terms
  • National Disaster Management Authorities
  • ReliefWeb Labs


ReliefWeb's API enables access to curated and continuously updated content data going back to the 1970s. It is now used to serve many ReliefWeb products as well as third-party sites and apps.

Almost all content visible on the ReliefWeb site is available through its API, which is built to fit with current API best-practices and is intended to be friendly to developers, as well as machines. It is publicly accessible using HTTP requests and returns JSON data.

Visit our API Documentation page to find out more and get started. If you already use ReliefWeb’s API or want to know more about it, please join our API support forum.


Subscribing to RSS feeds is a great way to keep up with new content on ReliefWeb. RSS can automatically collect fresh Reports, Jobs, or Training events without you visiting the ReliefWeb site, and lets you read them in the feed reader of your choice. RSS readers include services such as Digg Reader and Feedly, as well as mobile apps like Flipboard. Email software such as Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook also handle RSS feeds.

Crisis Key Figures

This dataset contains key figures (topline numbers) on the world's most pressing humanitarian crises. ReliefWeb's editorial team monitors, collects and curates the data from the humanitarian updates that they process daily.

ReliefWeb home page “messaging space”

ReliefWeb offers a humanitarian community messaging space on our homepage. Our homepage is one of the most visited pages on ReliefWeb. Approximately 25% of all site users visit the homepage. See the conditions for submission.

ReliefWeb Location Maps

ReliefWeb has produced a series of Location Maps highlighting a country, its capital, and the surrounding regions. These maps are intended for OCHA and the humanitarian partners to use in their documents, presentations, and websites, etc. to make reference to locations of interest. To see the full list and conditions of use, visit the Location Maps page and Map Permission page.

OCHA Humanitarian Icons

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has created a set of 500 freely available humanitarian icons to help relief workers present emergency and crisis-related information quickly and simply.

Please credit as follows: “Source: OCHA”. We would also appreciate a notification via email with a link to your work for our records. Suggestions and feedback can be sent to

Glossary of Humanitarian Terms

This glossary, developed in 2008 from existing glossaries and other reference material available to the public, is available in English and Korean.

National Disaster Management Authorities

This list of National Disaster Management Authorities has been compiled with publicly available online information.

ReliefWeb Labs

RW Labs is a place where we explore new and emerging opportunities to improve information delivery to humanitarians. Here we float new ideas, get your feedback, prototype rapidly, and hopefully grow ideas into useful products. We also list ideas generated by our partners using ReliefWeb services.