HUMANITARIAN HACK

OPTIMIZING DISASTER IMPACT ANALYSIS WITH GROUND MEASUREMENTS APPLY HERE Problem: Analysts, using satellite imagery are capable of quickly assessing damage, flood extents, wildfire extent and more. However, to make these algorithms more reliable and trustworthy they need to be provided with very local data coming from the disaster affected area. These data can be used…

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PURPOSE, MISSION & VISION

PURPOSE Improve speed, quality and cost-effectiveness of humanitarian aid by using data & digital. MARKET Red Cross National societies & it’s local partners with drive for data & digital transformation. MISSION Shape the future of humanitarian aid by converting data into understanding, and put it in the hands of humanitarian relief workers, decision makers and…

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DATA RESPONSIBILITY V2.2

Continuous improvement in processing data responsibly. 10 minute read. You can download the Data Responsibility Policy V2.2 here! In an earlier blog post we released the first public 510 Data Responsibility policy V 2.0. Since that release, 510 has undergone several major developments both in terms of a significant increase in the number of team…

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES GRADUATE STUDENTS: THE FUTURE OF CASH BASED ASSISTANCE DATA SCIENTIST FOR IBF ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ONLINE VOLUNTEERING FRONT END DEVELOPERS BACK END DEVELOPERS Read More

CRA: COMMUNITY RISK ASSESSMENT

WHY IT IS NEEDED The goal of the Community Risk Assessment Dashboard (CRA) dashboard is to quickly identify the geographic areas that are most affected by a natural disaster or crisis and, within those areas, the people that are most affected. It forms a data preparedness solution to help reach those affected and most vulnerable… Read More

FUTURE OF HUMANITARIAN AID

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 510 the Data initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross invite you to their joint event. Yves Daccord (ICRC), Jelte van Wieren (MoFA), Maarten van der Veen (NLRC/510) will each share their thoughts on Humanitarian Aid and the Data Revolution. Data collaboration and…

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KENYA: DAM BURST MAY 2018

In Kenya on May 9th a Dam Burst in Solai & Nakuru. Below is an overview of the Disaster Specific Products created by 510 & partners using the Data Driven Decision process.   Disaster assistance anno 2018 May 10, 2018. A dam burst in Kenya causes a flash flood. After the water is gone, the… Read More

EPI: EPIDEMIC FRAMEWORK

WHY IT IS NEEDED According to the World Economic Forum, the list of most destructive and costly natural disasters includes infectious diseases. In this regard, Smith et. al (2014) reported that from 2000 to 2010 the count of epidemic events was 3420 in 219 nations. The World Health Organisation stated during a conference in 2017 that between… Read More

IBF: IMPACT BASED FORECAST

WHY IT IS NEEDED Damage, suffering and the cost of emergency aid will reduce when communities are capable of responding proactively to a disaster through early warning and early action. The goal is to collect and integrate data to predict the impact of impending disasters on vulnerable people that live in areas prone to natural… Read More

510 X TYKN

510 is exploring the use of Blockchain in Humanitarian Aid with Tykn.tech The organization is looking for smarter and more efficient solutions to enhance aid when a natural disaster strikes.   WHAT: 510 and Tykn.tech are researching the potential of blockchain to improve cash based assistance. The organization aims to develop a system with a digital…

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DATA COLLABORATIVE FOR SDGs IN MALAWI

THE INCEPTION WORKSHOP: In Malawi there are many data providers and data users and each of them uses different platforms and tools. The first step of building a data collaborative in a country is bringing these preexisting data ecosystems, stakeholders to the table and documenting the available relevant data with them. At 510 we do this…

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121 CBA: CASH BASED AID

WHY IT IS NEEDED The International Disaster Database records a steady increase in the frequency of natural disasters over the past 35 years.  In the past 10 years, the number of people affected by humanitarian crises has almost doubled whilst the cost of humanitarian assistance has tripled. For this reason, the humanitarian world is undergoing… Read More

DATA LITERACY WORKSHOP: NLRC

Taking Data Literacy to the next level. As part of an annual training week at the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC), the 510 team initiated and organised its very first one-day workshop on data literacy for the international department of NLRC. Project coordinators, country representatives, program managers, technical consultants, unit leads and many others, experienced the…

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510 RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IRMA

Above you can see the live timeline where we update or response to Irma together with The Netherlands Red Cross Disaster Response in St. Maarten.            

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A TYPICALLY ATYPICAL WEEK AT 510

If you have just watch the video animation above, you have witnessed a time-lapse of hundreds of hours of work, by mappers all over the world, squeezed into 15 seconds. From Aug 17- 25 both both amateur & professional volunteers started mapping areas affected by floods in south Asia. Among these, were mappers from The…

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NOS: RED CROSS CALLS FOR HELP TO MAP FLOODED AREAS IN ASIA

Translated from NOS article: Image from: AFP Due to heavy floods in Asia, the Red Cross is making a special global call. The non-governmental organization is not asking for money or supplies but is looking for people to identify disaster areas using the internet. In Nepal, Bangladesh, and India more than 16 million people are affected…

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IMPLEMENTING DATA PREPAREDNESS

Written by 510 SCIENTIFIC LEAD Marc van den Homberg. The Netherlands Red Cross has a long-term partnership with Malawi Red Cross, working together on humanitarian response and Disaster Risk Reduction. In 2015 the shelter cluster was activated in Malawi during one of the worst floods in the history of Malawi that led to a severe… Read More

FASTER RESPONSE: WITH CAPACITY BUILDING PHILIPPINES PART 2

Written by 510 DISASTER INFORMATION MANAGEMENT EXPERT Rebecca Visschedijk. After our team member Jannis Visser was successfully deployed to the Philippines (see: FASTER RESPONSE: WITH CAPACITY BUILDING PHILIPPINES PART 1), there was a request for follow up Surge Information Management Support. This need had a different focus; where Jannis Visser had set up and processes… Read More

FASTER RESPONSE: WITH CAPACITY BUILDING PHILIPPINES PART 1

Written by 510 Jannis Visser RISK ASSESSMENT EXPERT The Netherlands Red Cross data initiative - 510 -  is focussing on prototyping innovative solutions for disaster preparedness. However, when a disaster strikes, there is a more direct need for Surge Information Management support. Netherlands Red Cross, the youngest member of the IFRC Surge Information Management Systems (IFRC… Read More

EFFICIENT AID: THROUGH ACCURATE PRIORITY INDEX PART 2

Written by 510 INITIATOR Maarten Van der Veen. This post is an extension to the earlier post. Please read it first to better understand the below additional information. Since the last release of the model we worked on better understanding our learning variable: the total number of houses damaged, adding new algorithms and finding the… Read More

HOW WE VERIFY DATA

Written by 510 DATA RESPONSIBILITY EXPERT Kamal Ahmed. The 510 team works with data from many different sources. We often face challenges of completeness, validity and reliability. Therefore we took a deep dive into best practices for data verification. This blog describes shortly why it is important and how we address it. One of the… Read More

HOW WE WORK WITH OUTLIERS

Written by 510 DATA RESPONSIBILITY EXPERT Kamal Ahmed. In the previous blog post on data verification we mentioned the need to identify outliers in the data. This blog post will look at some of the humanitarian aid datasets/formats and the types of techniques we apply to identify outliers and how to effectively deal with them.… Read More

MALAWI Red Cross

Below you can find all the blog posts pertaining to the work we have done with the Malawi Red Cross. Read More

KENYA Red Cross

Below you can find all the blog posts pertaining to the work we have done with the Kenya Red Cross. .vc_custom_1419328927507{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;} KENYA: DAM BURST MAY 2018 In Kenya on May 9th a Dam Burst in Solai & Nakuru. Below is an overview of the Disaster Specific Products created by 510 & partners using… Read More

DIGITAL RISK ASSESSMENT

As part of Disaster Preparedness we have done research for Digital Risk Assessment. Below you can see all the blog posts pertaining to Digital Risk Assessment. .vc_custom_1419328927507{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;} SPATIAL DATA & SDG REPORTING IN GLOBAL SOUTH Changing of the guard? The rise of spatial data for reporting on the SDGs in the Global South… Read More

PREDICTIVE IMPACT ANALYTICS

FOR EARLY WARNING EARLY ACTION .vc_custom_1419328927507{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;} IMPACT ASSESSMENT DATA SCIENTIST FOR IBF WHO ARE YOU? You are a bright and creative Data Scientist, with a hands-on approach and strong technical skills who is interested in contributing to humanitarian data needs in Ethiopia/Kenya/Uganda/Mali & The Philippines. You will work from the Hague office but… Read More

EMERGENCY DATA SUPPORT

Emergency data support is a category of products created specifically for Disaster Response. We create these products both as part of the SIMS network and in response to smaller scale disasters that are not co ordinated thru sims. .vc_custom_1419328927507{background-color: #f4f4f4 !important;} CHALLENGING AI WITH AERIAL & SATELLITE IMAGERY 1: IDENTIFYING AND CLASSIFYING DAMAGE ON AERIAL IMAGERY.… Read More

510 SUPPORTS RED CROSS NATIONAL SOCIETIES

We get our name from the 510 square kilometres that covers the surface area of the earth. Since we started in 2016 we have always worked to support any of the 191 National societies who's aid workers and decision makers help people affected before during and after a Disaster or Crisis. Below you can see some… Read More

510 EMBRACES SKILLED PROFESSIONAL & STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

When you join 510 you become part of a networked team of skilled staff and volunteers, all working towards our purpose to improve speed, quality & cost-effectiveness of humanitarian aid by using & creating data & digital products. To get an idea of what our team members work on you can read one of the… Read More

510 RESEARCHES WITH ACADEMIC & CORPORATE PARTNERS

Together we think global and act local, building evidence with our partners. Our donors fund innovative and scalable humanitarian products created with locals for locals. We build evidence. We innovate. Read More