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Mapping Relief

This time last year I was in Haiti for the earthquake response. With all the one-year commemoration news over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking again about the people I met, the new friends I left behind, and wondering how things are going. One source that I’ve found hugely helpful is the Haiti Aid Map, which is an interactive map basically showing who’s doing what where. (If only we’d had this in Aceh post-tsunami!) Now, it may be too “inside baseball” for people outside the NGO World, but maybe not. The concept is an admirable one: “to dramatically increase transparency, facilitate partnerships, and improve coordination among those working in Haiti.” Amen. Kudos to Interaction and the work of NGO Aid Map for this fantastic use of data and technology.