When we launched Humanitarian ID for Nepal, we knew that we were taking a little risk. It was a new tool that had not quite made it to Version 1 yet in its development cycle. We knew that we had a strong, supportive technical team in Phase 2 to back us up, but that the biggest challenge would be getting the “word out”. Well, we are very happy to report that the word did get out and the community has been making extensive use of the tool. At the Reception Departure Center (at the Kathmandu airport), the first manager relayed to us that pretty much every team arriving already knew about Humanitarian ID and had either already registered or was planning to do so. He was very impressed. In the inter-cluster and cluster specific meetings, everyone was encouraged to join and check into Nepal. We have already been told of countless stories where Humanitarian ID has enabled a connection and how it is more accurate than traditional contact lists.
If checked into Nepal, you can now find over 596 contacts. You can also find a wide variety of focal points and groups:
- Resident / Humanitarian Coordinator
- Humanitarian Country Team
- Cluster Coordinators
- Clusters (Health, WASH, Protection, etc.)
- UNDAC Team
- Information Management Working Group
- Heads of Agencies
- Assessment Working Group
- Cash Working Group
- Organization lists (e.g. OCHA, WFP, UNICEF, etc.)
We know that Humanitarian ID is not yet perfect, but we will keep improving it. What we have already learned from Nepal is that the solution is both needed for coordination and craved by responders. We are clearly on the right track.
Onwards, The Humanitarian ID team in Nepal