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World humanitarian data and trends 2014

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This publication presents global and country-level data and trend analysis relevant to humanitarian assistance. Its purpose is to bring this information together in one place and present it in an accessible way. It is intended to establish a common baseline of humanitarian data that allow for comparisons across time. This data can be used to help support humanitarian policy decisions and provide country-level context that can support operational decision-making.

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Mobile phone data and disaster response - Bangladesh

Mobile phones are becoming an increasingly important tool in disaster risk management, as they facilitate mass-alert systems and allow affected people to stay in touch with family, friends and their community. In addition to serving as a communication tool, mobile phone operators automatically record information about all mobile phones on their network. In anonymous format, this data may give valuable information on population displacement during and after a disaster, and the extent to which areas have suffered economically (through decreases in mobile spending and mobile top-ups). Cyclone Mahasen made landfall in southern Bangladesh on 16 May 2013. The infographic below depicts trends observed from mobile phone data during and after the disaster.

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