Earlier this week, the UN’s refugee agency counted 1,000,000 Syrian refugees. The problem with big numbers is that they get lost in the noise and in the news; the key is to personalize these numbers. Here is what UNHCR has done.
The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is looking for ideas that can help improve humanitarian response and is willing to pay for them.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA) has created a set of 500 humanitarian-themed icons, which they are making available free of charge.
The problem with many social media campaigns is that individual messages of support get lost and that the campaign never gathers enough momentum to go viral. Thunderclap is a service that helps you focus the voices of your supporters on a specific date. The UN is now using it to promote World Humanitarian Day (August 19).
This is a post in response to J.‘s “How would you make aid better?”: “Let’s imagine that you could make three changes to the state of things in the aid industry. (…) Just imagine that you could make three decisions or call for three changes and those changes would be followed through, applied across the industry.”
Robert Kirkpatrick from the UN’s Global Pulse team is talking about how United Nations agencies would like to use big data to search for crises in real-time. It’s a fascinating talk about how his team has been using data mining techniques to monitor food prices and what more could be done.
Patrick Meier visited the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington D.C. and got a tour of the brand new Digital Operations Center which AmCross is using to monitor social media during emergencies.
Video is an amazing vehicle to connect with your supporters emotionally, to give your beneficiaries a voice and to show the impact of your programmes. YouTube has now published a free “playbook” for non-profit organizations and NGOs that can help them to use YouTube more effectively.