Family tracing and reunification practices in emergencies are long-winded and inefficient leaving children vulnerable to violence, exploitation and trafficking.
Currently there is a lack of flexible technology to facilitate reunification and tracing in emergencies which is easy to use, understand and deploy by partner organisations.
RapidFTR is designed to streamline and speed up Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) efforts both in the immediate aftermath of a crisis and during ongoing recovery efforts. The technology’s versatility and open-source nature allows for each organisation to use it on a device of their choosing as well as share data safely between organisations when necessary.
RapidFTR functionality has been developed for the web and Blackberry platforms. The next stage of development includes both extending the functionality and supporting other devices, specifically Androids and Netbooks. By developing a netbook client, UNICEF will create instances of RapidFTR that are fully independent of the need to connect to the internet.
Development of Android and Netbook platforms for non-Blackberry users to expand usage potential, support when RapidFTR is deployed and maintenance of system in response to feedback.
Children and families who have become separated in the chaos of a natural disaster or political emergency will be reunited more quickly. Information about separated children is immediately shareable amongst partners, and across camps and borders, while also avoiding the need to re-interview children multiple times at every place they end up (initial registration, transit camps etc).
UNICEF gives a breakdown of progress over the past few months of the RapidFTR project.View
The team transfer technical direction of the project from UNICEF headquarters in New York to the UNICEF country office in Kampala.View
The team visit the Nyakabande Transit Centre, where hundreds of people arrive each week, fleeing violence in DRC.View
UNICEF work to ensure that the open-source volunteers and the new, full-time software development team collaborate and move the project forward together.View
The RapidFTR team publish their final report.View
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