Ushahidi has received a USD 1.5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) U.S. Global Development Lab to support testing for social impact, improved outcomes, and market viability, as well as building pathways to scale and sustainability.
As online volunteers mobilize and international aid begins to flow in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, we have been reviewing known deployments of our software in the country. As an organization, Ushahidi is not currently managing a deployment of our software and we have no plans to do this. We are, however, doing our best to monitor how our software is being used.
Michelle Hamilton-Page — 12/02/2014
Ushahidi team members recently provided blogger training and deployment consultation for the Txeka-la initiative monitoring the Mozambique general election and engaging community through mapping. From the Canadian High Commission YouTube post:
The Ebola epidemic has finally captured international attention. Coverage of Ebola was minimal when the disease was confined to West Africa, but a small number of recent cases in the US and Europe have sparked frantic, hysterical reporting from western media outlets and subsequent public panic. In light of this, it’s important to keep the threat in perspective. For example, the above chart shows the number of confirmed and suspected cases in every country touched by the virus.
At Ushahidi, we love helping people turn data into social impact. We’ve helped thousands of users gather and manage crowdsourced data during everything from natural disasters to political revolutions. When Ushahidi was founded in 2008, our tools provided a rare and valuable source of crisis-relevant data to citizens, policy makers, and responders. Since then, we’ve watched the volume and variety of crisis data go from a trickle to a flood.
(Guest post by Taha Kass-Hout and Hend Alhinnawi from Humanitarian Tracker, which is a non-profit global forum that connects and empowers citizens using innovation in technology to support humanitairan causes. Taha serves as Founder and CEO, and Hend the Co-Founder and COO of Humanitarian Tracker)
For various reasons, the Ushahidi-Haiti Project continues to be cited in numerous reports, book chapters, media articles and conferences more than two years after the devastating earthquake struck the city of Port-au-Prince resulting in massive casualties and loss of life. For many, the ad hoc initiative remains a major milestone in the field of crisis mapping. The project demonstrated the power of online volunteer networks and highlighted the potential of new technologies for humanitarian response.
As you approach a major milestone in life someone usually asks, “What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know today?” Many times this is nothing more than just a curious exercise of dreaming sandwiched between reminiscing and planning.
Umati, a project of iHub Research and Ushahidi, has produced a pioneering collection of inflammatory speech, posted online by Kenyans in the past three months, as our presidential elections draw near.