Muddy Notebook

March 17, 2008

Online tools to help you understand humanitarian crises

Filed under: humanitarian — carolynthewriter @ 9:09 pm

Reuters Alertnet is a great source of news for humanitarian crises – mandmade and natural – around the world. But I didn’t realize until this morning that it also has at least one tool that helps put these situations in clearer focus. I just discovered an interactive map that has categories including conflict, health, etc. You can click on the categories you’re interested in and the map becomes shaded in the color that goes with the topic. It’s fascinating, but you probably will get a better idea of how it works if you visit the site yourself. Its URL is:

I’ll post Web sites that have other useful online features as I come across them. 


1 Comment »

  1. Dear Carolyn

    How are you? My name is Nathaniel Whittemore, and I’m the Director of the Center for Global Engagement at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. The CGE helps American undergraduates learn from communities around the world, so that they can better add value to community-led development efforts. One of our programs brings 20 students a year to Uganda.

    I wanted to pass along a quick request for help. I’m looking for Bloggers to write a brief post about a project of mine in the next day or two. The CGE is currently competing in Netsquared’s Mashup Challenge and we’re working to be selected as a finalist to receive grant money and technological support and development for a project called has the goal of aggregating information about where development projects happen, what they focus on, and who’s involved so that all of us concerned with supporting community-led efforts to rebuild northern Ugandan civil society can better share best practices, direct support, and collaborate for greater impact. To read more, click here.

    The competition is only going on for the next two days, ending Friday. The way the competition works is that Netsquared users vote for the Top 20 projects. If selected in the top 20, we go to California for the national conference where we make a presentation to a panel of judges and are eligible for technical support and up to $100,000 in grants.

    To vote you go here, register and select us (and at least four other projects). You submit your “ballot” with five projects and ta-da! If you’d be willing to take a few minutes to do this – and even more just to write a quick post on your blog about it, I’d really appreciate it!

    Thanks for your consideration

    Comment by Nathaniel Whittemore — March 19, 2008 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

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