UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Since 1950, they work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. UNHCR takes the lead in protecting people forced to flee wars and persecution around the world, providing life-saving aid including shelter, food and water to ensure their basic safety, rights and dignity.
In 2020, CartONG's staff and volunteer teams conducted a wide range of data integration and collection tasks in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is a quick summary of what was undertaken.Read more »
When the pandemic started to spread in 2020, UNHCR saw the need of assessing the preparedness of the respective countries at country, site and urban situation level and displaying the results together with the People of Concern figures and the overall Country Case figures on a single dashboard. Additionally, the Public Health section wanted to pull in data from the Balance Score Card health Facility Assessments it had been supporting for several years. In order to pull it off quickly, we opted for developing an ESRI-based dashboard to display the additional requested data. The health facility coordinates collected through the Facility Assessments were turned into a GIS feature service in order to make them ready for display in other systems too. The dashboard also came with documentation on how to update certain fields, on how to make use of the scripts and also read in the data in other systems.
To know more about the dashboard developed by our team, please check out our 2020 Annual Report.
CartONG implemented 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 web maps are also available through the map portal and users can request new mapping products through the portal as well. CartONG worked on the Map Portal in 2017 and 2018, adding advanced user management features as well as a resource center. The Map Portal was later decommissioned in 2019 and replaced by the Operational Data Portal which now hosts the apps which previously existed on the Map Portal as well as new ones.Read more »
iRHIS (integrated Refugee Health Information System) is an open source tablet and web platform that was developed by GNUCOOP to allow health workers to electronically register and track the health status of refugees in camps, as well as guide UNHCR public health and implementing partners to rapidly detect public health problems and epidemics. CartONG provide a wide range of information management support on the integrated Refugee Health Information System.
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The eSite is designed to serve as a web platform where GIS data can be accessed, explored and analyzed for different refugee and IDP site planning purposes. The resulting map products are easily deployable and shareable through the platform. CartONG's staff team has been working on this platform since early 2018.Read more »
CartONG provides GIS and mapping support to the CCCM (Camp Coordination, Camp Management) unit within the GDS section at UNHCR.Read more »
The WASH GIS portal (also called Borehole Database) was created in 2016 by our team. The WASH GIS portal centralizes information about boreholes data in refugee sites.Read more »
CartONG has been supporting UNHCR since 2015 for the large-scale deployment of an annually-run Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices 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. Our support also involves field training and implementation missions. Click on "read more" to access a short overview of the key achievements since 2015.Read more »
CartONG implements the Site Mapping together with UNHCR GDS unit (Global Data Service, previously known as FICSS within the organization) 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).
CartONG continuously works on improving the site mapping application.Read more »