The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about communication.

OCHA - Humanitarian Kiosk

The Humanitarian Kiosk (H.Kiosk) application provides a range of up-to-the-minute humanitarian related information from emergencies around the world.

OCHA now offers a Humanitarian Kiosk app for Apple devices (iOS5+). - March 21, 2013

What is Humanitarian Kiosk?

The Benefits of Mobile Health, on Hold - March 13th, 2011 - Tina Rosenberg

The world now has 5 billion mobile phones – one for every person over 15. Africa has a billion people and 750 million phones, and mobile is growing so fast there that in a few years there will be more phones than people. In some countries this is already true — South Africa has 47 million people, but 52 million SIM cards.


Healthcare Response Improving In Haiti

Ten teachers from urban and rural areas in Carrefour, Haiti, a poor district in the Ouest Department of Port-au-Prince, were trained to use the Safe Haiti interface, designed for satellite and smartphones that walks a user through a series of steps to send data as SMS messages via satellite or a ground-based system, if available. This information is then accessed by local and national health systems via an Internet portal. – Finally a Social Networking Site for the Haitian People - September 28th, 2012

A new social networking site for the Haitian people and Haiti’s friends settled across the globe. was launched on June 20, 2012 and after three months of its existence, the website has close to 10,000 users of which more than 6,000 have made their profiles public. The website also has a Facebook fan page with over 35,000 fans.


OCHA - Haiti - Tropical Storm Isaac Aftermath - OCHA - Situation Report No.03 - August 26, 2012


· The red alert has been lifted by the GoH but the risk of flooding and landslides remains high.

· NFI and food rations were distributed to several thousand people today.

· Thousands of evacuees are being assisted to return to their homes.

· Multi-sectoral assessments ongoing throughout the country.

· Reports of damage to the agriculture sector have increased.

Could You Be a Mutuals Ambassador?

The Cabinet Office is setting up a Mutuals Ambassadors Programme designed to drive forward the creation and growth of mutuals on the ground.

We want to find 20 of the most inspiring individuals in the public service mutual movement - we need people who are proactive and committed.

They will be from a diverse range of skills and experience, some in the late stages of setting up a mutual, running one, in organisations that aim to assist those who wish to mutualise, or those with commercial skills who are committed to the agenda.

PHILIPPINES: Texting Help and Health in Disaster Response

Getting the message out during disasters. Photo: David Swanson/IRIN

submitted by Stuart Leiderman

Surveillance in Post-Extreme Emergencies and Disasters (SPEED) Program

submitted by Stuart Leiderman

Haiti - Techology : Important Visit for the Telecommunications Sector - July 22, 2012

Red Cross Launches Social Media Disaster Response Center

by Zoe Fox - - March 7, 2012

The Red Cross and Dell have jointly launched a Digital Operations Center, the first social media-monitoring platform dedicated to humanitarian relief. The Digital Operations Center will equip the Red Cross to better share safety and preparedness tips during natural disasters.

The Red Cross hopes the new center will empower communities suffering during disasters to use social tools to seek help.

Haiti: First Mobile Phone Cash Transfers Facilitate UN-Backed Home Rebuilding

Up to now, more than 14,000 buildings have been repaired and nearly 5,000 were rebuilt in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. Photo: UNDP

UN News Centre

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The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis - February 15, 2012

Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor Fred Guterl about the technological "Entanglement" and the attempts to build the other, hardier Internet. Web sites related to this episode include and The Shadow Web


Civil Society Initiative Relevant to HADR Communication

submitted by Samuel Bendett

This initiative related to HADR illustrates how NGOs are working to fill the gaps in government planning and response.

During humanitarian disasters people affected by the unfolding tragedy need more than physical necessities. They also have an urgent need for information. In the aftermath of a crisis, from earthquakes, to armed conflicts, survival can depend on knowing the answers to essential questions.

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