The speed geeking session will be an opportunity for project managers to present and discuss their ideas with small groups of participants: like a speed dating, but with ideas!
Understanding the effect of maps on humanitarian outcomes
How can we understand the impact of maps - and other information products – on humanitarian outcomes? In some cases, the connection can be clear: navigating a delivery from A to B, say. But in general, the humanitarian context is far more complex: maps are one of many information inputs; decision making needs are diverse and immediate; many other factors influence decision making; and information needs change rapidly over time. So, the cause and effect connections are less like a chain and more like a complex network. When a map enters the system, how do we know what its ultimate effects will be? MapAction will look at how its ‘logic model’ is used as a framework for understanding this system, and the role of methods like contributions analysis in monitoring and evaluation. For us, this topic is vital: to demonstrate the benefit of geo-information services; to promote their value and use; and to help agencies involved in this sector to learn and improve. Do join us in this quest!
Pragmatic information management of agricultural sectors facilitates the traceability of production and therefore the certification process, marketing and administrative monitoring. iMMAP provides technology support for the establishment of information system and custom geographic information system . A diversified experience in emergency and development contexts allows us to support our partners in the design of tools for the process of decisions making in the agricultural sector.
iMMAP works with Integrated Growth Poles (PIC2) of Madagascar as an assistant of project management. Following the needs assessment and discussions with the various stakeholders, iMMAP offers expertise in information technology service to the design of a GIS dedicated to cotton and cocoa sectors. This system will help to better governance and boosting agribusiness in areas of Diana and Atsimo Andrefana.
|Wendi Pedersen (GICHD)||
Priority Settings Tool for Mine Action (PriSMA): Making priority setting more accessible for decision makers in mine action
PriSMA is a browser based multi-criteria model that aims to enhance the ability of mine action stakeholders to improve the clarity on the impact of hazards and prioritize those hazards based on the impact. The ease of use of the tool allows for stakeholders not familiar with GIS to use and get results in data or an easy downloadable map format. In addition PriSMA provides users with a level of transparency in the priority settings process by allowing stakeholders to crosscheck priority setting results and make adjustments as needed. PriSMA provides two models the use can choose from, one that addresses strategic level prioritization on an administrative level and the second which provides an operational and tasking prioritization on the hazard level. The tool works with ArcGIS Online which provides the space to host the maps and data used in PriSMA.
|Léonie le Borgne & Manuel Galea (IRIS)||
Making humanitarians think long term
The Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network (IARAN) first originated in 2012 in the French think tank, IRIS, and has since grown to two test phases within operational organizations: Save the Children and Action Against Hunger. We provide humanitarian organizations with foresight and analytical capacity in order to help them leverage humanitarian programing for long-term impact and sustainable change. The ambition for the longer term is to grow the IARAN to include other operational and academic agencies, cutting across sectors.
|Shadi Mhethawi (UNHCR)||
UNHCR data repository
|Rahel Dette and Claudia Meier GPPi||
Humanitarian uses of technology in highly insecure settings
In some of the most insecure humanitarian contexts, monitoring aid programmes is particularly critical. Did assistance get to the right people? Have aid trucks safely reached their intended location? How do affected populations assess the services provided, and are we sending the right things? Yet, answers can be difficult to get where aid access is restricted. Technology can help, but also introduces challenges and risks. This speed geeking session is based on the findings of a three-year research project on technology uses for monitoring in Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria. A roleplay will take you right into a conflict zone, where you decide: Which tools would you use? And what could possibly go wrong?
|Lorenz Wendt (University of Salzburg)||
IDIS – a web tool for monitoring, tracking, understanding and predicting migration flows
With the strategic aim to not only monitor displaced population at know sites, but to better understand movement patterns and the dynamics of migration flows, we develop an integrated set of geospatial tools. The envisioned outcome of this research activity between MSF and Z_GIS is a web-based information tool on population displacement (IDIS). Technically, IDIS will represent spatio-temporal characteristics of collective movement data from social media such as Twitter, Flickr, Instagram or Panoramio, combined with EO data as dynamic tool for data exploration and understanding. The purpose of IDIS is to expand the current capabilities of monitoring migration by observing population dynamics at known, stable locations by EO satellite imagery to tracking of movements and their (short-term) prediction/nowcasting.
|Rene Saameli (ICRC)||
When a natural disaster or disease outbreak occurs there is a rush to establish accurate health care location data that can be used to support people on the ground. This has been demonstrated by events such as the Haiti earthquake and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. As a result valuable time is wasted establishing accurate and accessible baseline data. Healthsites.io establishes this data and the tools necessary to upload, manage and make the data easily accessible.
|Julia Chatellier (UNHCR)||
The primary purpose of the High Commissioner for Refugees is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. UNHCR works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country. UNHCR also strives to secure lasting solutions.
In a global context where 65.3 million persons have been forcibly displaced, 21.3 million of these persons are refugees and 16.1 million fall under UNHCR’s mandate, with a large part of them residing in one of the 430 camps administered by UNHCR.
UNHCR with CartONG has developed a tool, using Arc Collector, in order to map those camps. As of today, eight camps have been mapped (Niger, Mauritania, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia).
Camp mapping serves multiple purposes. One of them being the creation of a unique data base storing all camp infrastructure which allows for better management of the camp, as all the different partners involved in the camp can have access to up to date data. Other outputs include maps of the camp which serve in the day to day work inside the camp, as well as anticipating the needs of the refugees living in the camp.