Pakreport.org portal was based on the core principles of
- Easy data and information collection from the affected people directly
- Standardizing and Sharing platform for humanitarian response.
- Adding important meta data to information (Time and location context) in almost real time.
Pakreport.org. Pakistan floods incident reporting and mapping
Devastating floods in Pakistan have claimed over 1600 lives and displaced over 18 million -- or 1 out of every 10 people in the country -- and the disaster shows no sign of abating. Significant resources are flowing into the region to provide immediate relief. But access to relevant, up-to-date, timely, and authentic data from the affected communities, specifying the hardest-hit areas and precise locations of displacement, remains elusive. These gaps in data gathering disrupt initiatives for immediate assistance and for long-term policy planning.
Because Pakistan enjoys a broad and burgeoning mobile phone user base, mobiles, SMS and voice are the best way to reach large numbers of people in crisis situation, where, as in some areas, only cell phone service remains the only option to provide any connectivity with the outer world.
Pakreport.org is created and is run by Pakistanis, for Pakistanis.
In just less than 30 days of launch pakreport.org has grown to 70 international volunteers including 5 core members of the Ushahidi Haiti and Chili team.
"Pakreport.org supports the Pakistani people by collecting, map, and share information from individuals and relief organizations involved in the response operations throughout the country." It is a long-term project - we will continue to support the people of Pakistan as we move through the crisis and into the rebuilding and restoration process. Further, it is creating specific relationships to match needs and situations with stakeholders providing relief and help in the specific areas.
Pakreport.org is covered by Yahoo News, Wired UK, Christain Science Monitor, Amnesty International, JustMeans, OWNI.fr, TED, BBC Radio, Voice of America, The Express Tribune and Deutsche Welle. Additionally, many radio channels and local media have worked with us in spreading our message to flood affected communities .
What we have achieved
Pakreport.org has mapped village level on the reports submitted with the help of local and global volunteers. This data is not kept closed and is shared with public and other organization to not duplicate efforts. With its open strategy other organizations like Sahana have integrated pakreport.org reports in their system. A lot of success stories have been created where people who reported their situation or needs are directly approached by the humanitarian agencies.
Knowledge base for mapping in disaster in Pakistan
The pakreport team has created one of the best knowledge base for mapping in Pakistan. Such resources are valuable for Humanitarian agencies to get going with mapping in their work quickly and easily.
Mapping sheet up to village level
Detailed mapping up to village levels. This information is created by pakreport.org volunteers working from all over the world.
Setting up first mobile implementation for disaster in Pakistan
Responding to the people needs through mobiles is one of the key areas of research and exploration. We created first of such implementations in Pakistan to move forward in this step.
Where we are using the funding?
1. Technical Infrastructure
i) Hosting on Amazon cloud services
The first thing we did was the migration of the hosting services to cloud based hosting. This has lead us to do custom upgrades in the platform. Secondly we are able to improve the basic infrastructure required to maintain the platform for a longer term.
$250 setup costs.
$90 per month hosting costs.
ii) Upgrading of the basic hardware and services
We upgraded the basic hardware computers that our staff in Pakistan was using. This includes upgrading the batteries and RAM in the hardware being used by the team in Pakistan. Additionally the people working in Pakistan were provided permanent access to the Internet services.
$180 for hardware upgrades.
$40 per month for Internet services.
iii) Short code fees
The financials we had has helped us maintain the short code by paying $120 per month to VAS. We have also bought SMS messages to send few focused campaigns. Right now we are shifting towards a mobile attached to computer to send messages to reduce costs per SMS.
Future plans will be given in next sheets and reports.