Access to timely and accurate information is often very limited in areas where mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) pose hazards to the local population.
Challenge(s) the project will address:
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is therefore piloting a two-way communication web portal and parallel SMS service that will improve the information provision and exchange between the people living in the affected communities and the Mine Action (MA) actors assisting these communities.
By improving the flow of information, the objective is to empower people living in ERW affected communities to engage with the mine action organisations working in their area, and to enable them to know the hazards which are present in their community. The MA actors will, in turn, increase their dialogue with the affected communities. Ultimately, the increased information exchange will provide grounds for more efficient and effective mine action based on needs expressed by the communities.
DDG will develop and test a web portal, which shall function as a MA information hub hosting the following: a range of location-based information concerning MA activities and services; information regarding the various MA actors operating in the given area; information regarding accidents; and other relevant information. The information in the web portal will be available to the public.
However, to ensure that the information in the web portal surpasses the digital divide, the information will be passed on directly from the web portal to the communities through an existing network of community representatives that meet on a regular basis.
In countries where reporting is centralised around one coordinating body, the web portal would be able to absorb reports directly from the affected communities. In countries where reporting is decentralised, the web portal would function as a referral system.
The web portal primarily targets the affected communities and mine action actors. Secondarily, the web portal can create a link between MA and humanitarian and development organisations. Upon subscription, the SMS service targets the affected communities with information on the dangers of mines and ERW.
Messages of encouragement to report on suspected hazardous items and explanations of how to report should also be disseminated as a component of the system.
The current blog will describe how the testing has gone with the web platform and some features of the promotion campaign.View
Karen Kisakeni Sørensen writes about this project in her article ‘Innovating in an ongoing armed conflict: the Mine Action applications (MApps) project in Ukraine’.View
In this blog, the focus is on the SMS system, which has now been tested and is ready for usage.View
In this blog we described how the project contributes to SES (Ukrainian State Emergency Service Regional Department in Mariupol city) workflow by providing SMS and web channels for receiving reports, and by allowing efficient feedback to reporters.View
Access to timely and accurate information is often very limited in areas where mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) pose hazards to the local population.View
In this blog we want to take one step back and give room to reflect a bit over how it is to implement a project like the MApps in an ongoing, armed conflict.View
In this blog, we will share some stories of the project beneficiaries, mine/ERW affected people, which we have learned during our consultations with the beneficiaries. These stories will highlight why our innovation can add value in the current Ukrainian conflict.View
In this blog we’ll be talking of personas, user stories and use cases. Sounds complicated? It really isn’t. Transformation from Personas to User Stories.View
In this blog we want to share key findings from the media- and information baseline assessment implemented with the assistance of our project partners CartONG and SimLab in Slovyansk district, Donetsk region.View
In this blog we explain how we have changed the pilot location to Ukraine and the current emergency there, which is affecting thousands of lives.View
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is piloting a two-way communication web portal and parallel SMS service to improve and safeguard access and movements in areas contaminated by mine and other explosive hazards.View
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