Monthly Archives: August, 2017

YAGO training in Haiti

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by DRR, GIS, software development, Training 0 comments on “YAGO training in Haiti”

The second section of YAGO (Yet Another GIS Online) training has been held in Haiti, from July 30th to August 4th.

This training is part of the project Yago we’re developing in support of COOPI and its activities are in the framework of two different projects:

Renforcement des capacités de préparation, mitigation et réponse aux catastrophes de communautés urbaines les plus vulnérables en Haïti (ECHO/-CM/BUD/2015/91012),

Améliorer la résilience face à la sécheresse des acteurs locaux et des familles rurales les plus vulnérables dans la partie orientale du Département du Sud-Est, Haïti (ECHO/-CR/BUD/2016/91005).

Photo Credit: COOPI Haiti

The training was addressed to COOPI staff and to CNIGS Haiti (Centre National de l’Information Géo-Spatiale), for Administrators and Users.

We asked COOPI coordinator in Haiti to give us some feedback about the training:

Participants raised very relevant questions, including the possibility of having a super admin who managed all the users permissions, the possibility of sharing their own work sessions with other users (or with the public) and even some criticism. The platform was well-received and our intention as COOPI is to upload even more data from other municipalities from the south and the west. CNIGS asked to import all the data from other platforms to YAGO”.

COOPI’s project “Open data and web mapping platform to reduce disaster risk in Haiti”, for which we developed the platform, was among the top ten in the  2017 Risk Award.

The Risk Award is assigned to innovative plans and approaches for disaster risk reduction and disaster management. The prize is awarded every 2 years by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Global Risk Forum Davos (GRF) and the Munich Re Foundation.

More information here

Twine platform is growing: from HIS (Health Information System) to Livelihood & Energy sector

August 3rd, 2017 Posted by ICT4D, Refugees, software development 0 comments on “Twine platform is growing: from HIS (Health Information System) to Livelihood & Energy sector”

According to UNHCRAfter fleeing war or persecution, the opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways people can rebuild their lives in dignity and peace”.
UNHCR helps the displaced to achieve self-reliance by building their skills and knowledge, as well as providing access to the resources, training, assets, inputs, services and markets they need.

Access to safe and sustainable energy is a basic human need. Without it, the forcibly displaced – particularly women and children – may be at increased risk and have less time to rebuild their lives”.
In 2014, UNHCR launched a global strategy for Safe Access to Fuels and Energy (SAFE). The SAFE strategy offers crucial guidance and details innovative approaches and technologies, including clean or fuel-efficient cookers, alternative and sustainable fuels, and solar-powered lighting.

Photo Credit: Marco Marche

In the next months Gnucoop will work with UNHCR DIST (Division of Information Systems and Telecommunications), and its business partner Operational Solutions and Transitions Section (OSTS), to extend the new Twine monitoring base platform, to include the Energy and Livelihoods programme sectors.

As UNHCR DIST mentioned in the Concept Note: “There are several advantages to extending the Twine base platform. It will facilitate end-user/stakeholder access to important operational and decision-making data via a shared portal. Additionally, it will also extend our investment by leveraging a common infrastructure and user management”.