GLOBAL EMERGENCY OVERVIEW
NGOS / NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS / THIRD SECTOR
The solution is a SaaS system consisting of Ruby on Rails based web application as well as native Android and iOS mobile platform that enables NGOs to share up-to-date content generated in the Global Overview, country analysis, and the Disaster Needs Analysis documents. ACAPS, an international organization based in Geneva, Switzerland who commissioned us to develop the system, generates and publishes documents with information about disaster-stricken areas and, in particular, about the needs arising in connection with specific disasters. The organizations working in the field – for example, the locally-active NGOs but also UN agencies and donors – are provided with analysis on a weekly basis and access to more in-depth documents on specific crises. The reports can help such organizations identify the most pressing needs, develop a common understanding of the situation and act accordingly as well as verify the contents of the documents and thus help maintain a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the situation through this mobile platform for NGOs. All in all, the software system supports humanitarian decision-making and aid operations in disaster-affected areas.
Our client needed a mobile data sharing platform for NGOs which would allow them to manage the above mentioned processes efficiently and which would increase the frequency of the feedback provided by the people working on-site.
With regard to specific functionalities, the system enables mobile devices owners to get immediate notifications about new and updated documents; the user can browse through and download the available up-to-date documents, examine the global emergency overview as well as submit their feedback on the documents published.
The back-end of the application was developed in Ruby on Rails and relies on PostgreSQL. We used jQuery to implement the front-end of the web app. Finally, the native mobile apps have been developed for Android and iOS devices.
ACAPS’ Disasters Needs Analysis (DNA), which is also available on the Global Emergency Overview mobile apps, won the OFDA Award Recognition of Excellence for Innovation and Learning in Disaster Risk Reduction