1. Humanitarian assessment, monitoring and
Food Security Analysis Unit - Somalia
The Food Security Analysis Unit- Somalia (FSAU) seeks to provide
evidence-based analysis of Somali food, nutrition and livelihood
security to enable both short-term emergency responses and long-term
strategic planning to promote food and livelihood security for Somali
Household Livelihood Security, Food Resources, Design, Monitoring
and Evaluation, and Partnership
The website makes available documents on conceptual approaches,
tools and methods, case studies and lessons learned in the areas
of Household Livelihood Security, Food Resources, Design, Monitoring
and Evaluation, and Partnership. It contains related documents on
the rights-based approach (RBA), civil society, and the environment.
For people interested in Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, an
additional DME site is available at: http://www.kcenter.com/care/dme
The site will link you to other DME resources, as well as back
to the PHLS website.
Monitoring and Evaluation Methods
This site includes a number of protocols, manuals and links
supporting monitoring and evaluation methods for food aid and nutrition
program evaluation and population needs assessments
Food Aid and Management monitoring and evaluation group
This site is provided by the Food Aid Management monitoring and
evaluation working group. The site contains reviews, manuals, protocols,
discussion sites, bibliographies, etc. related to food aid monitoring
Refugee Nutrition Information System
The Refugee Nutrition Information System collects summarized nutrition
and mortality data from implementing agencies around the world.
These data are collated, analyzed and reported on through a routine
Information is obtained from a wide range of collaborating agencies,
both UN and NGO (see list of sources for each RNIS). The overall
picture gives context and information which separate reports cannot
provide by themselves. The information available is mainly about
nutrition, health, and survival in refugee and displaced populations.
It is organised by "situation" because problems often
cross national boundaries. We aim to cover internally displaced
populations as well as refugees. Partly this is because the system
is aimed at the most nutritionally vulnerable people in the world
-- those forced to migrate -- and the problems of those displaced
may be similar whether or not they cross national boundaries.
Definitions used are given in the 'Indicators' section of each
RNIS. At the end of most of the situation descriptions, there
is a section entitled "Recommendations and Priorities,"
which is intended to highlight the most pressing humanitarian
needs. The recommendations are often put forward by agencies
or individuals directly involved in assessments or humanitarian
response programmes in the specific areas. The source or sources
for each piece of information are given in brackets at the end
of each paragraph.
the Quality of Humanitarian Assistance: Taking Stock and Future
paper is an overview of the most important initiatives to increase
the quality of humanitarian assistance. The introduction of the
logical framework and the increasing body of knowledge made available
through guidelines have improved project management by measuring
process and outcomes.
This site offer opportunities to share detailed knowledge
about nutritional research and operations. It aims to promote
discussion between nutritionists, field workers, academics, INGOs
and donors about nutrition in the emergency context.
The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance
in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) is an international interagency
forum. "ALNAP, as a unique sectorwide active-learning membership
network, is dedicated to improving the quality and accountability
of humanitarian action, by sharing lessons; identifying common
problems; and , where appropriate, building consensus on approaches."
International Household Survey Network
The IHSN brings survey producers, sponsors, and users together,
to foster better use of survey data for policy making and monitoring.
By implementing joint activities, its members seek to identify,
promote and implement coordinated and sustainable solutions to
problems of availability and timeliness, reliability and relevance,
comparability, and dissemination and use of household survey data.
Nutrition Surveys and Calculations
This site contains a software for nutrition baseline surveys and
nutritional calculations. It facilitates substantially the realization
of a nutrition baseline and contains most calculations which are
done in the nutrition and dietetic area. The aim was to make these
calculations as user friendly as possible and to keep the software
small and easy to install. The program is the english translation
of a commercial german software (EBISpro) and is free for non
commercial use. It also contains an extensive collection of food
databases from all over the world which can be easily integrated
into the software. If you find the software useful please don't
hesitate to recommend it to other potential users.
2. Management of humanitarian information
Best Practices in Humanitarian Information Exchange
Structured Humanitarian Assistance Reporting (SHARE)
Summary document on best practices in humanitarian information exchange,
coordinated by UNOCHA, February 2002.
In order to make information from multiple sources "sharable"
and usable by other organizations, a simple standard approach
should be used when collecting, reporting, and presenting this
information. This approach, known as SHARE, is not a new concept
and is now being promoted by the inter-agency Geographic Information
Support Team (GIST)
Provention is an interagency organization that is committed
to improving the information base for disaster management, with
an emphasis on natural disasters. The site maintains a collection
of best practice tools related to damage and vulnerability assessment.
The ProVention Consortium is a global coalition of governments,
international organizations, academic institutions, the private
sector, and civil society organizations aimed at reducing disaster
impacts in developing countries. The Consortium functions as a
network to share knowledge and to connect and leverage resources
to reduce disaster risk. It focuses on synergy and coordination
so that efforts, and benefits, are shared.
Its main objectives are:
- To promote a culture of safety through education and training
among leaders and citizens of developing countries
- To support public policy that can reduce the risk of natural
and technological disasters within developing countries
- To support pilot projects and to disseminate information about
"best practices" that have been proven to mitigate
the scope and frequency of disasters
Aid Workers Network
Aid Workers Network links relief and development field staff
to share support, ideas and best practice. The web site is being
developed by a team of experienced aid workers to provide a comprehensive
resource for busy field workers needing practical advice and proven
resources to help with their current work
OCHA Humanitarian Information Center
This describes the requirements of the OCHA Humanitarian Information
Center and constraints to its application in different countries.
Multi Hazard Multi Purpose Information Exchange Platform
This report describes the specific approaches to be applied in the
Horn of Africa. It describes a multi-hazard, multi-purpose information
exchange platform. Proposed technical services include:
- A remote hub service for mirroring, storing and exchanging
- Provision of cheap/free web dissemination services, both nationally
- Development of and support to mission-critical database applications
- Troubleshooting & advisory support on database and GIS
design & management
- Provision (including repackaging and dissemination) of remote
- Ad hoc training in areas relating to database and GIS design
In order to ensure
healthy data exchange and to maximize the facility's outreach,
co-ordination and advocacy will be important elements of the activities,
- Soft networking - the development of institutional arrangements
for data sharing, building on existing co-ordination structures;
- Negotiation of minimum common standards for data management,
including common codes and shareable formats;
- Liaison with all the stakeholders, including formal and informal
requirements and feedback surveys and other forms of outreach
ReliefWeb is a project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
3. Humanitarian Geospatial data
A UN interagency initiative to increase humanitarian geospatial
data access in the Horn of Africa. Contact person: Pablo Ricalde,
212-963-9105, Field Information Support Unit, UNOCHA.
The Key Indicators Mapping System (KIMS)
KIMS was developed by the World Agriculture Information Centre
(WAICENT) as a contribution of the Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations to FIVIMS.
KIMS is user-friendly software, accessible to non-GIS specialists
and developed for the specific purpose of collecting, mapping
and disseminating food insecurity and vulnerability indicators
that are relevant to FIVIMS.
KIMS allows the analysis and visual display of data collected
at different levels of aggregation, and can help the monitoring
and surveillance of the food and nutrition situation over time.
Moreover, the software will contribute to increased awareness
of FIVIMS and improved food security information management and
exchange at national and international levels.
Evidence for Development
EvD works to alleviate poverty by tackling long-standing shortcomings
in the design of international development policy.
EvD has developed economic models and analytic tools that provide
new insights into intricate and often fragile local economies.
These can be used to detail, with precision, the risks behind
each investment decision and development policy or programme and
to measure the results of development efforts. The tools have
been designed to achieve better returns on investments to reduce
poverty; to predict and thereby to prevent economic disasters
including famine; and to promote accountability by providing a
more rigorous basis for evaluation.