Blog Posts for 2015

July 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Efforts to design a safe and affordable home for the world's poorest and most vulnerable people have resulted in some impressive architectural innovation, including the Bamboo Micro House, S House, and Ikea's Better Shelter. The recently-built Temporary Shelter in Nepal is aimed at offering displaced Nepalese a basic but flexible shelter that can be built by a group of unskilled workers within three days:

July 21, 2015 | 0 comments

A new free smartphone app has been developed for detecting and monitoring forest fires and their impact on the southern region of France, Catalonia, Canary and Balearic islands, Corsica, and& Sardinia. The app, downloadable for Google and Apple platforms, allows everyone to exercise citizen oversight, reporting all types of natural events, including forest fires, floods, and avalanches, and their impacts:

July 21, 2015 | 0 comments

International aid agencies have historically been criticized for failing to seek the views of those they are trying to help, providing them assistance without properly consulting or them about what they need or involving them in the crisis response. In recent years, aid agencies have made many strides in opening up channels of communication, by setting up community radio stations, Facebook pages and newspapers; providing centralized information centers or hotlines during natural disasters; and holding grassroots consultations with communities, all of which provide improved feedback loops and accountability. More at

May 20, 2015 | 0 comments

As record numbers of people are displaced by disaster and conflict, the humanitarian community faces increasing challenges. In addition, population-increase and the impacts of climate change are intensifying the risk of wider humanitarian crises, such as food and water insecurity. Emerging innovations in humanitarian aid can help us mitigate these growing problems. We have been researching the top solutions that are saving lives in over 100 countries and hundreds more have been submitted by you on our recent online survey.

Science and technology have the potential to dramatically improve humanitarian aid and disaster response - the solutions researched and recommended to us span from wearable technology and 3D printing to sustainable innovations in basic sanitation, shelter and nutrition.AIDF received over 320 solutions from NGOs, local governments, UN agencies and the private sector working in 58 different countries, and welcome you to share your suggestions with them. AIDF hopes this report will inspire new solutions to improve humanitarian aid delivery and shape brighter future outcomes. It presents just some of the technologies and services at the forefront of sustainable humanitarian aid, researched and recommended to AIDF by the contributors:

May 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Bedi and Dayal are sourcing images from photographers on the ground in Nepal, and use the hashtag #nepalphotoproject to find other credible photos. They aren’t using their feed as a newsreel; they’re presenting an array of people-focused stories, from relief volunteers to portraits of missing persons. And it’s not just the images they’re taking very seriously; all photos have proper information attached to them and there are links to appropriate fundraising campaigns and helpful articles: