CartONG has been supporting the Public Health section of UNHCR since 2015 for the large-scale deployment of an annually-run Knowledge, Attitudes, Practises survey in 180 refugee camps (helping to define the strategy, with the development of substantial training kits, the encoding of the survey and related analysis tools)
CartONG implements camp mapping together with UNHCR FICCS unit by deploying a user-friendly smartphone application for data collection and maintenance and store all collected information online in versatile web maps accessible to all actors in need of it. Already covered camps are accessible in the webmap section of the map portal (maps.unhcr.org)
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CartONG is implementing a map portal for UNHCR. This portal is a repository of all pdf maps produced by UNHCR and in the future partners as well. Other mapping products such as webmaps are also available through the map portal and users can request new mapping products through the portal as well.
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From 2002 to 2011, Ivory Cost had faced a political crisis. This crisis has led to massive population displacement inside the country and outside the country. Since the end of the crisis in 2011, refugees and IDP’s are returning in large numbers.
In October 2011, United Nations Secretary-General has selected Ivory Cost as one of the three pilot-countries to test the Solutions Strategy. This project aim is to support voluntary repatriation, sustainable reintegration and assistance to host communities and provide a stable and economical life to these populations. The Coordinateur Résident, in collaboration with Ivory Cost Government, PNUD and UNHCR are in charge to develop the strategy.
In order reach a better understanding of the different populations and their needs, all actors involved in the Solution Strategy have decided to conduct a profiling of those returnees populations in West and South-West parts of Ivory Cost and Abidjan.
Data collection should be conducted in 3 districts, 13 departments and Abidjan through 80 enumerators within 16 teams managed by 7 supervisors and 3 survey managers. Focus Group Discussion will be conducted by 12 facilitators after the quantitative data collection has been completed.
For this project, CartONG supports technically JIPS, UNHCR and INS, (Institut National de la Statistique); the three instances leading the profiling exercise. CartONG coded the questionnaire to be ODK compliant and also trained the staff on data collection as well as Server management for the survey managers.
Preparing some of the 80 smartphones - Training of Supervisors (INS Staff)
From installing and maintaining their ArcGIS servers to supporting modifications to database structure and enriching the database with new layers and linking to external databases, CartONG supports UNHCR in structuring their GIS webservices. CartONG also participates to the discussions in how GIS should evolve in UNHCR in the future.
This project included both the elaboration of Geotagging guideline and Powerpoint map packs for the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) headquarters.Read more »
A CartONG staff member (having completed the Operational Data Management Learning Program as well as the Emergency Information Management Training) was deployed in emergency to Beirut, Lebanon, as Regional Information Manager for the United Nations' High Commissionner for Refugees (UNHCR). The main responsibilities comprised liaising with staff and partners on the ground and managing a public Web Portal for the Syria Regional Refugee Response where up-to-date information was posted on the Syrian displacement in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
The portal can be accessed through http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php.
CartONG, through a regional WebPortal displaying figures and statistics for the public, helped share reliable, up-to-date information, streamlining the information products from the different operations and their partners, while at the same time finding thebest solutions on reporting and information gathering suitable for the mixed settings.
The UNHCR Android project provides technical assistance to set up an Android smart phone based survey within a country operation. Topics have been including village profiles, nutrition and other public health related surveys as well as a rapid registration to verify a census of People of Concerns. A new project in 2013 with JIPS (Joint IDP Profiling Service) is looking into Urban Profiling.
The UNHCR Android project is one of CartONG’s key projects. It started in 2010 with two pilots and two different technologies, of which one (ODK- OpenDataKit) was retained for surveys in 2011. Field projects were directly supported in country in 2012 in Rwanda, Kenya (Dadaab, next to the Somali border), Sudan, Lebanon and Djibouti. Remote support was also provided to operations in Liberia and Kenya (Kakuma).
Android phones – which like other smartphones have a GPS, camera, sound and a touch pad, basically function like a mini-computer – are extremely useful tools to collect information and help gain time and money during humanitarian crisis. The 2012 surveys covered topics such as nutrition surveys, shelter assessments and evaluation of workshop events. Shelter assessments were implemented in Lebanon with Shelter Actors during the emergency information management mission. More training with shelter actors was conducted on global level, but did not result in a deployment.
Additionally, the annual UNHCR NGO Consultation event in July was supported by CartONG; and a quick survey with visitors for evaluation purposes was conducted. It was also to demonstrate how fast results can be obtained and processed: from finishing the data collection, the team had 45 min to conduct a fast analysis and show the results to the visitors of the events on a screen.
Our staff worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Uganda, doing creation and maintenance of return monitoring database, collection and compilation of GPS coordinates, production of maps, and capacity building of local staff.Read more »