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July 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Embed a “kill date” on your platform. If people are using that platform, this becomes a part of the community and culture. Alternatively, create a set of stages for the platform. For example, a crisis platform could have the following stages: initial situation awareness, crisis response, early recovery, recovery, and handover. Each of these stages have different information needs and different/progressively more restrictive rules that can be applied. Stages can have expected transition dates relative to each and informed by the unique situation needs. The most important lesson to learn is that there is no easy mandate. Each event will change the needs/time required to complete tasks, and is informed by engaging and communicating with all portions of the community (mappers, in-field deployments, affected populations, etc.). More at http://gwob.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/responsibleprojectlifecycles.pdf

July 16, 2014 | 0 comments

New cases and deaths from the Ebola virus outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, already the worst ever recorded for the disease, have surged by double-digit percentages in the past week, the World Health Organization reported Tuesday, with no sign of a slowdown. Alarmed Ivory Coast border authorities blocked hundreds of Ivorian refugees in Liberia from returning, news agencies reported. In its latest update, the W.H.O. said the number of suspect, probable and confirmed cases as of Saturday totaled 964, up about 14 percent from a week earlier. Deaths totaled 603, up about 16 percent from a week earlier. Half the deaths have been in Guinea. “This trend indicates that a high level of transmission of the Ebola virus continues to take place in the community,” the W.H.O. said in the update. “The respective ministries of health are working with W.H.O. and partners to step up outbreak containment measures.” More at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/world/africa/death-toll-from-ebola-sur....

July 16, 2014 | 0 comments

A powerful typhoon ripped across the Philippines on Wednesday, sending hundreds of thousands of coastal residents fleeing to evacuation centers and leaving several people dead, although officials said the toll could rise. Typhoon Rammasun cut a path of destruction from the country’s east to its northwest edge, with 90-mile-an-hour winds that tore roofs off homes, felled trees that blocked roads and cut electricity to at least 4.5 million people, officials said. It passed near the capital, Manila, but it appeared to have been spared the worst of its effects. More at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/world/asia/storm-leaves-trail-of-destr....

July 10, 2014 | 0 comments

More than 700,000 people are reported to have fled a Pakistani military operation against terrorists in North Waziristan, straining nearby towns and heightening concern about a long-term refugee crisis. The operation is now in its third week, and military commanders stress that they are making considerable gains in their effort to dislodge Pakistani Taliban and other militants from the restive region bordering Afghanistan. But the offensive also has led to a massive displacement of residents, creating new burdens for humanitarian groups already struggling to help Pakistan fight a polio epidemic and recover from several recent natural disasters. More at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistani-anti-terror-o....

July 10, 2014 | 0 comments

The United States will expand sanctions on groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, making it easier to target those who are trying to instigate violence and disrupt peacekeeping efforts in that country, the White House announced on Tuesday. “The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the situation in the D.R.C., which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security and stability of the country,” the White House said in a statement. The announcement is a quiet signal that the United States is trying to stay engaged in a troubled region that the administration is often accused of forgetting. It comes a week after the administration placed sanctions on the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan militant group that operates in eastern Congo, and brings the United States in line with United Nations sanctions that are already in place. More at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/world/africa/us-will-broaden-sanctions....

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