Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

February 24, 2008 - 10:07am

I found this site recently and thought others might be interested. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, "provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination, including media monitoring, map catalogues and Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Centre". Don't sign up for the SMS alerts unless you need it though (We don't want to overload their SMS gateway). One nice feature is the RSS feed which can be loaded into your favourite RSS reader. I was interested to know if there are any standby emergency aid workers out there who use a similar notification system. If so let us know. Also for those computer nerds out there they are using a standards based XML messaging format for emergencies called CAP .

Call for Papers

January 30, 2008 - 5:30pm


On behalf of Perspectives on Global Issues, a journal founded and edited by graduate students from New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, we would like to announce our call for papers for the spring issue of the journal, of which the focus is global issues of health.

Bangladesh Cyclone: Virtual Aid Drive to support in relief efforts

November 21, 2007 - 11:08am

Aidmatrix encourages you to support relief efforts for the recent Bangladesh Cyclone. Click on the Above link or visit http://vad.aidmatrix.org/vadxml.cfm?driveid=2437

When donating, you will be able to see a SAMPLE LIST of items and prices benchmarked from some of the world's leading humanitarian aid organizations, from their varied relief operations. The actual items/services provided and their actual costs will vary from this list, as actual needs are still being assessed. This list will evolve over time, to reflect the changing needs of the relief effort.


November 17, 2007 - 5:17pm


There is a concern about the specific tools to meet the minimum disaster requirement.
A booklet is to be wriiten about the use and types of tools for a humanitarian disaster.
These will be tools that would include specific tools for diiferent types of cultural burials, basic tools for the livelihoods and use for general repairs.

Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards

October 29, 2007 - 1:51pm

The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) are a set of international guidelines for livelihoods-based livestock responses to humanitarian crises. Following the process and format of the Sphere guidelines, LEGS is being developed through consultation with a wide group of interested organizations and individuals. LEGS covers a range of livelihoods-based responses, including destocking, accelerated offtake, veterinary services, supplementary feed, water, shelter and restocking. A ‘consultation’ draft was placed on the LEGS website during July and August for comment and feedback. Based on these responses, a ‘field test’ draft is now being produced, which will be tested in real-time emergencies as well as through a series of simulation workshops. The draft will then be finalized and LEGS is due to be published during 2008.

"Emergency Aid,Humanitarian Assistance and Humanitarian Aid?"

September 18, 2007 - 10:17am

I have been asked to do some research into the distribution of EMERGENCY AID (Raw materials), Humanitarian Assistance (Basic Needs), and Humanitarian Aid for example : The wrong type of Aid can hamper the relief effort and can end up in the wrong hands. So how do agencies communicate, prioritise and make assessments? I would be grateful for any information on the above.


September 11, 2007 - 11:36am


It has been brought to my attention that the cost of shipping for Humanitarian Assistance is extremely high and each shipping organisation calculate their costs in various ways. some do not include customs or taxes and others go either per weight, or per zone per shipment.

Expereince with? Rapid Needs Assessment for Cyclone/ floods

August 14, 2007 - 2:08pm

Looking for rapid needs assessment suitable for disaster response related to Cyclones or Floods. I am aware that there are many agencies with RNA, but was curious as to anyone who has administered an RNA and how data was collected in floods.

Education in Emergencies: Gender Implications

June 13, 2007 - 6:11am

Education in Emergencies: The Gender Implications

According to many research findings women and girls are disproportionately affected in times of conflicts and natural disasters. The ominous impact of such emergency situations among girls is the apparent lack of access to schooling. This advocacy brief published by UNESCO describes ways to overcome barriers to education faced by women and girls in emergency situations. Such strategies include: locating schools closer to girls’ homes and away from dangers such as soldiers’ quarters; involving community members in ensuring safe travel to and from school; pro-actively recruiting and training women as teachers; providing feeding programs or rations for girl students, among many others.

standards for disaster & relief aid delivery

June 1, 2007 - 3:35pm

The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) has launched a ‘standard’ to improve accountability and quality in the delivery of disaster and relief aid.

HAP’s Nicholas Stockton says the benchmarks in his organisation’s standard have all been selected for their humanitarian relevance, measurability and affordability both in terms of implementation and measurement.

Impact Measurement and Accountability in Emergencies

March 23, 2007 - 1:19pm

Impact Measurement and Accountability in Emergencies: The Good Enough Guide
Oxfam Publishing

ISBN: 0855985941
ISBN-13: 9780855985943 STOCK CODE: 00255942

International Conference On Disaster Management 2007

February 20, 2007 - 1:00pm

Responsenet in association with Omaxe Foundation is organizing an International conference on Facilitation of Supply Chain for Diasaters and Learnings of Stakeholders for proactive scalable Collaborations on 19th March 2007, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

SPHERE, Call for papers

February 14, 2007 - 3:38pm

Call for Papers: The Sphere Project (Deadline 28 February 2007)

This year is the tenth anniversary of Sphere. Since its launch in 1997, the Sphere Project has become an important influence on the practice of emergency relief in a wide variety of disaster settings. On this occasion, the Sphere Project wishes to receive articles from practitioners about their views on Sphere, 10 years after its inception:

Looking for a case to study ( GIS and humanitarian)

February 14, 2007 - 2:00pm

I'm a student in geography and I'm making a thesis with the Humanitarian Research Group in INSEAD school. The goal of my research is to show use of Geographical Information System in humanitarian operations in case of natural disaster. I'm looking for a case of study on:

The BIES Manual

December 30, 2006 - 1:13pm

The group of the website www.choleracafe.com has elaborated a free field manual called BIES (Basic International Setting) Field Manual is the result of distillation of official documents and websites and recent red cross/ red crescent publications.

Disaster Risk Management in urban settings

August 28, 2006 - 10:46am


The issue of disaster risk management has in my few years of experience been tackled and much more thought at rural settings. i.e. food insecurity, the aproach on watsan, etc. However, disasters and major emergencies affect the cities as well. Examples are population movements/migration; floods; technological disasters, hurricanes, etc.

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