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UNICEF & Crowdmap

UNICEF Morocco: http://unicefclass.crowdmap.com/main In response to the devastating earthquake in Rabat, UNICEF Morocco has pledged its time and resources to citizens of the city. After receiving information from the UN SMS campaign, we decided to compile a map because it would help us to focus our efforts and be more effective in providing our partner NGOs throughout the city with necessary information. However, many of the difficulties we faced were due to our limited knowledge of the protocols aid workers are expected to follow. This was a highly important realization for our team: if crisis mappers reject certain information or suggest certain actions, there will be real world consequences. There is great potential for this online community to help, but without reflection and training, there is also much vulnerability to harmful mistakes.┬áSome instances … Read entire article »

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Catholic Relief Services – First Blog Post

Catholic Relief Services first began by examining the overall situation, and coming up with a decision on whether or not to get involved. Based on our mandate and our lack of previous experience in Morocco, we decided we would be more of a hindrance should we attempt to enter the community immediately, and it would be better to carry our projects once the situation was more stabilised. We also decided to focus on a specific target population, the coastal shanty towns of Rabat, in line with our mandate of fighting poverty. We then sought to gain a better understanding of the situation on the ground, from which we could then construct a plan of action to address the most pressing … Read entire article »

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UNICEF Morocco & Our Plan

Challenges faced: One of the biggest challenges we faced while we worked on the initial project was avoiding mission creep. As one of the only groups with a solidified based on the ground, there was a strong temptation for us to try and play a bigger role than was perhaps appropriate, given the actual size of our ranks. More importantly, doing so would have compromised our work with our target group, children and women, by focusing our work in areas unmatched with our specific expertise. Another challenge we confronted was making sure that our approach was sufficiently holistic; we wanted to ensure that we were taking all cultural, political, economic and logistical factors into consideration. We realized the high stakes nature of this exercise: if one factor is neglected, it has the … Read entire article »

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