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World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2015

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This publication highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their causes and drivers, and participation in crisis prevention, response and recovery. Beyond providing statistics, the trend analysis shows how the humanitarian landscape is evolving and how the humanitarian system can be more effective in a rapidly changing world. Data used in the report comes from a variety of sourcess. Highlights for 2015 include case studies on long-term trend analysis of the humanitarian context in terms of conflicts and natural disasters, the humanitarian footprint in the Middle East, coordination of online volunteers during the Ebola response and the anatomy of cycles of displacement.

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Online volunteer coordination: the Ebola emergency

The 2014-2015 Ebola virus disease outbreak devastated West Africa. As of 1 July 2015, 27,524 cases and 11,228 deaths had been recorded in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Responders were tested by the scale of the emergency, the urban setting and underresourced national infrastructures. The speed of sharing data and information was recognized as key in containing the spread of the disease. The crisis also demonstrated the importance of partnering with non-traditional actors and embracing innovative methods to collect data, such as crowdsourcing and online coordination. A group of online volunteers, led by the Standby Task Force (SBTF), compiled information on health-care facilities. The information was then mapped out with the support of OCHA and UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and released to relevant responders.

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