Tools That Help You Work in Conflict Zones

Technologies for monitoring in insecure environmentsGPPi and Humanitarian Outcomes just released a report that looks at the specific effects of violence against aid workers on humanitarian aid delivery. For “SAVE – Secure Access in Volatile Environments” they looked at Afghanistan, South Sudan, Syria and Somalia and measured how increased violence influenced the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the affected areas. Not surprisingly that effect is negative, but it is still worth reading the report because this is the first time that someone has been able to put numbers next to the vague feeling that it’s bad.

If you want to get a quick overview of the findings, I suggest you take a look at the animated version of the key results. There you can also download the full report.

In addition, the team decided to go beyond just saying “woe is us” and create a toolkit that can help humanitarian organizations that work under these circumstances. I have had the great pleasure to be asked to peer-review this toolkit and can highly recommend it.

“Technologies for Monitoring in Insecure Environments” looks at:

  • Using mobile phones for monitoring and gathering feedback
  • Mobile data collection
  • Remote sensing and aerial imagery via drones or satellite images
  • Location tracking with barcodes or RFID chips
  • Communications and feedback via radio programmes and online platforms

You can download the complete toolkit here.