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New Uses of Big Data can Aid Disaster Management

A looming El Niño event could make 2019 the hottest year ever recorded, and this is concerning news for countries in Southeast Asia. The mega-fires caused by the severe 2015 El Niño ravaged more than 26,000 kilometers of land, causing a massive haze crisis that resulted in more than 100,000 premature deaths in the region. UN Global Pulse is now exploring some of the latest advances in artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to help authorities and citizens make timely, informed decisions in environmentally critical moments.

Integrating Big Data Sources to Monitor and Respond to Natural Disasters

In communities across the world that are prone to natural disasters, having an effective disaster response strategy in place is vital to save lives and support affected communities. To successfully coordinate what are often complex disaster relief efforts, governments, disaster response authorities and humanitarian agencies need useful, up-to-date information that can be easily accessed.

After Dark: Encouraging Safe Transit for Women Travelling at Night

Public transportation services are not always gender sensitive and safety concerns related to women’s mobility in metropolitan areas are at times overlooked. The lack of a safe and inclusive public transportation system influences many decisions that women make, from where to go to work, how far from home to travel to school, to where to shop for basic household items.

Pulse Lab Jakarta has teamed up with UN Women to gather insights on women’s mobility and travel choices in urban areas in order to design practical interventions that can improve the safety of women. What does safety mean for women when using public transportation at night? What is the travel experience like from the time they leave their house, go through transit and arrive at their final destination?

Ambulance Tracking Tool Helps Improve Coordination of Emergency Service Vehicles in Uganda

Too many people die due to delayed medical assistance every day in Uganda. Most people have a story about someone in their family or community who did not receive the medical attention they needed because the ambulance never arrived. In 2016 alone, 336 out of every 100,000 pregnant women died because they were unable to reach a health facility or emergency service in time to safely deliver their babies. (…)

In response, the Government of Belgium donated ambulances to medical facilities to ensure that people, and especially pregnant women, receive access to transportation and assistance.

To understand how these ambulances are being used and what other steps could be taken to improve emergency service delivery, Pulse Lab Kampala developed a digital application called Cheetah Tracker.

Wawasan Satu Data: applying human-centred design principles to data governance

A democratic approach to policy-making calls for reliable and timely information to ensure effective decision making. The Government of Indonesia in light of this has introduced the Satu Data Initiative to improve the quality of data governance, not just for policy-making but also to increase transparency with open data for citizens. Over the past few months, Pulse Lab Jakarta in partnership with the Executive Office of the President of Indonesia (KSP) have been applying human centred design to model a data governance framework at the local government level. In this post, we discuss how five primary components of human centred design were integrated to help develop a tailored framework.