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20 Apr 2018 description
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PROGRAMME AREA: Humanitarian Action

LAB: Pulse Lab New York


Despite policy and media attention and a significant increase in search and rescue efforts, the number of deaths of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean hit record numbers in 2016. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) over 5,100 people were recorded dead or missing, representing 1.17 per cent of all those attempting the maritime crossing into Europe.

05 Mar 2018 description
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Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis, Manager, Pulse Lab Kampala

Applying AI to transform public radio content into insights for development and humanitarian action 

23 Feb 2018 description

Authors/editor(s): Claudia Abreu Lopes and Savita Bailur

This report outlines the value of big data (organic, unstructured data) for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to women. Research methods included a landscape review, interviews with UN Women and UN Global Pulse experts, and others in international development.

09 Oct 2017 description
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By Katherine Hoffmann

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently released a new report on migrant deaths and disappearances entitled: Fatal Journeys Volume 3 - Part I: Improving Data on Missing Migrants.
The report features a chapter highlighting the work of UN Global Pulse and UNHCR to explore how big data and data analytics could be used to better understand migrant and refugee movement patterns in the Central Mediterranean.

10 Sep 2017 description

UN Global Pulse and UNHCR published today a white paper entitled “Social Media and Forced Displacement: Big Data Analytics & Machine-Learning.” The paper is the result of an experimental project conducted by the two agencies to inform the viability of using Twitter data for understanding trends in the Europe Refugee Emergency.

09 Aug 2017 description
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PARTNERS: UN Country Team 

PROGRAMME AREA: Humanitarian Action 

LAB: Pulse Lab Kampala


28 Feb 2017 description
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UN Global Pulse and the World Food Programme (WFP) recently developed a tool that can help gain insights on the extent of drought-affected areas, the impacts on food prices and the resilience of affected populations throughout Indonesia.

This is a post by Anthea Webb, Representative and Country Director at the World Food Programme in Indonesia, and Derval Usher, Manager of Pulse Lab Jakarta.

The El Niño Southern Oscillation

26 Jan 2017 description
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UN Global Pulse is pleased to share an update on Haze Gazer, a crisis analysis and visualization tool that provides real-time information on fire and haze hotspots in Indonesia.

25 Jan 2017 description
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Felicia Vacarelu

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) bring a unique opportunity to mainstream understanding and adoption of big data for development. Since its inception in 2009, Global Pulse has been innovating and advocating around opportunities and challenges related to transforming new sources of digital data into better outcomes for vulnerable communities, discovering new approaches, building tools, and working to demonstrate ways to overcome barriers to adoption and scale.

08 Dec 2016 description

UNDP and UN Global Pulse release practical guide to designing data innovation projects

A how-to resource for development practitioners to help advance data innovation efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP and UN Global Pulse today released a comprehensive guide on how to integrate new sources of data into development and humanitarian work.

06 Dec 2016 description
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“Big data for development and humanitarian action: Towards responsible governance” report

Mila Romanoff and Siobhan O'Shea

21 Apr 2015 description
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When the Global Pulse initiative was launched by the UN Secretary-General in late 2009, its mission to use real-time and other non-traditional data sources in development and humanitarian action was groundbreaking. 2014 was a landmark year for embracing the importance of data analysis in achieving sustainable development. Throughout the year, the "Post-2015 data revolution" agenda was taken-up by public sector, private sector and civil society.

09 Apr 2015 description
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World Food Programme (WFP), Global Pulse, Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and Real Impact Analytics recently collaborated on a project to analyse the potential use of mobile phone data as a proxy for food security and poverty indicators.

05 Jan 2015 description
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This guest blogpost is a follow up to the Asia Urban Futures Workshop, recently hosted in Bangkok by Pulse Lab Jakarta in partnership with UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, Bangkok USAID Asia and UN-Habitat Bangkok Office.