And while today many of our friends and colleagues are currently working on data collection, processing, and setting up communication channels such as google sites, skype chat groups, or dropbox folders, we reflect on the in this part, into the reasons that may have lead to this claim.
Chapter 1 will advocate a new role for Information Management (IM), and the trade-offs that need to be made between automation and standardisation vs. a flexible and adaptable approach that addresses specific information needs. Chapter 2 reflects on Information Sharing and Coordination of the different actors, and addresses the challenges of aligning actions and communication of the diverse humanitarian actors, governmental organizations, and the affected organizations.
The needs of affected communities can only be addressed if they are identified, assessed, translated into concrete requests, and communicated to those who can best provide aid. Therefore, the last chapter of this part is dedicated to needs assessment, and aims at giving an overview about the diverse perspectives in this field.
Hope you find it an interesting read - we would be curious to what you think are similarities and differences to the ongoing response to Ebola!