Great Resources for Cool Websites to the latest in HA/DR and Development!

February 26, 2014
  1. The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has released the Verification Handbook, the first ever guide for using user-generated content (UGC) during humanitarian emergencies. The many new technologies out there imply that there are many new technologies to wittingly or non wittingly invade people's privacy.  This is a concern of the Red Cross and other large agencies working in this field and this is the firsts journal that addresses this.  TIDES is also working in thsi area with NORTHCOM.  NORTHCOM's mission includes dealing with disasters from Canada to Mexico including supporting domestic civilian authorities in disasters such as in Hurricane Sandy or Katrina.  As such, in the US, people must be careful to not use information that would otherwise be protected by privacy issues 

  2. is a free, easy to use online training resource designed to help prepare aid workers for the demands they face in the field.  Supported by UNH, HCR, and Save the Children as a way to train those who may be called upon to respond to disasters.

  3. The Humanitarian Logistics Association Certification Program was created in collaboration with a multi-agency Advisory Committee (to include USAID, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, and the ICRC) to enable humanitarian organizations around the world to strengthen humanitarian assistance through professional training. HLA promotes and supports professional development initiatives within the global humanitarian logistics community of practice. It acts as a neutral interface to leverage knowledge, information and capability across humanitarian organizations. TIDES Network members working in the humanitarian assistance realm might want to check this out to gain a better understanding of the needs & wants on the ground. 

  4. USAID has just released "Water and Conflict: A Toolkit for Programing. The Water & Conflict Toolkit is part of a series that explores how development assistance can address key risk factors associated with conflict and fragility.  By exploring water issues in depth, the toolkit and others in the series serve as companion pieces to conflict assessments. Together, the USAID Conflict Assessment Framework (CAF 2.0) and toolkits are designed to help development practitioners gain a deeper understanding of the forces driving violence and instability and to assist in developing more strategic and focused development interventions.

  5. builds open source internet and mobile software which is used to make international development cooperation and aid activity more effective and transparent.  Of particular interest to the STAR-TIDES Network, Akvopedia is a portal for online knowledge on smart, low-cost, sustainable water and sanitation technology and approaches. Akvo is a non-profit foundation headquartered in the Netherlands with staff in Sweden, Kenya, the UK, Germany, Spain, India and the United States. Akvo's tools are open source and used by over 1,500 organizations throughout the world in areas such as water, sanitation, health, education and economic development.

  6. -TC103: Tech Tools and Skills for Emergency Management

    November 3, 2014 - November 28, 2014

    Facilitated by Timo Luege

    This four-week online professional development certificate course will explore how new communication and mapping technologies are being used to respond to disasters, create early warning mechanisms, improve relief coordination efforts and much more. From the recent Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to the earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti and Pakistan, to the view from the streets as crises happen, this course will consider a variety of real world examples from organizations working in the field and analyze some of the key challenges related to access, implementation, scale, and verification that working with new technology presents. The course is designed to assist professionals like those in the STAR-TIDES Network in developing concrete strategies and technological skills to work amid this rapidly evolving landscape.

    Participants have plenty of options to explore content that is most relevant to them through live content and interactions, readings, and videos. For a more detailed syllabus, please click here.


7. FEMA Community Emergency Response (
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue,    team organization, and disaster medical operations. Given TIDES' focus on networking and community engagement, their efforts are certainly appreciated.

8. Sanergy (
Based in Nairobi, Sanergy is installing thousands of pay-per-use toilets that will convert the city's human waste into productive assets: cheap fertilizer for farmers and renewable energy from bio-gas that can help fuel the city's electrical grid.

9.  iMMAP (
iMMAP is an international NGO that provides targeted information management support to partners responding to complex humanitarian and development challenges. They also provide Geographic Information Systems (GIS), performance , monitoring and evaluation, technical assistance and capacity development. GIS and geospatial analysis have rapidly grown as necessary tools to aid in HA/DR across the world.


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