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CRS in Morocco

Looking back at our original program design As a reminder, our original program design was to alleviate poverty by: Immediately providing disaster relief to the affected low socio-economic populations in the coastal shantytowns of Rabat and later creating jobs to encourage sustainable economic self-sufficiency. 1. Sending in aid supplies a. Assessing the situation through communication with existing relief organizations b. Using supplies to stimulate the economy such as recirculating money and putting in more money 2. Creating jobs a. temporary relief-oriented jobs b. restarting previous sources of employment and income such as agriculture and the phosphate mining industry. Modifications? Given our lack of experience in Morocco, including language and sociocultural barriers, it proved to be a wise decision to limit our target population to only the low social economic status areas of Rabat. It is difficult to … Read entire article »

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World Food Program: Concluding Post

Original Program Design As the World Food Program, our ultimate mission in this scenario is to promote long-term food security. After assessing the needs of the population in the face of the Rabat earthquake crisis, we judged that doing so would require a two-phase approach. We first have to provide immediate aid as a part of the response effort. Concurrently, we should begin the development of programs to promote long-term food stability as an integral part of the reconstruction process. These will continue beyond the duration of the immediate crisis. For each of these phases we designed plans to meet our objectives. As a part of the response effort, we would lead an aid-distribution effort that galvanized local fishermen into a network of distributors servicing the camps developing along the Bou Regreg … Read entire article »

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Moroccan Red Crescent Team Final Post

Crisis mapping is an extremely new field. It is definitely not an exact science, and we learned that we needed to be extremely flexible with our crisis response plan. While we learned many things in class, it was obvious to us that no amount of information can prepare us for how crisis mapping functions in the field. As the Moroccan Red Crescent our original program was providing water and sanitation to Rabat and the surrounding areas immediately following the earthquake. We decided to provide these services while at the same time starting an education program to inform people about clean water and sanitation practices to make our efforts sustainable. The addition of new technology will not drastically change our initial approach to the crisis, but it will change the way … Read entire article »

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Ministry Health Final Post

As the Moroccan Ministry of Health, we realized that we had a unique set of considerations, as we were the only group situated in Morocco and were already familiar with the culture, customs and policies of the country. As the process of drafting a disaster response continued, we came to understand more about our specific role but initially could have a stronger sense of what it meant to be the Ministry of Health. Many of our assumptions and questions in the beginning phases of the class could have been answered if we understood the role of a ministry of health to a fuller extent, and that was something we should have taken into consideration sooner than we did. Initially, our group assumed that we would direct the entire relief effort in … Read entire article »

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FieldEx 2011 Wrap-up

At 9 am this morning, we arrived in Fletcher to begin the Field Ex Crisis simulation. With limited knowledge of the background situation in Comootros, including political unrest, ethnic tensions and NGOs on the ground, we brainstormed a structure to organize the workflow for our crisis mapping team. We divided into 3 teams to assess and map data: Administration maintained phone contact with trusted sources on the ground as well as the public information officer who interfaced with the media. Logistics gathered and categorized SMS data, while maintaining and monitoring blog and twitter posts. Operations mapped raw data on Crowdmap to share with individuals to aid in NGO and UN efforts on the ground. The process of mapping and verifying reports is an intense one, as reports … Read entire article »

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FieldEx 2011

We are now an hour and a half into the simulation.  We have divided into two main divisions: a Logistics Section, which is collecting information from the field primarily via Frontline SMS, and an Operations Section which is working to input collected data to a crowdmap.  Additionally, and Administration Section is maintaining close communications with class representatives on the field team.  We are making use of twitter and blogging to update the public and to publicize our Frontline SMS number. Follow our work at: www.crowdmap.com/comootros www.twitter.com/comootroscmap http://comootroscrisismapping.blogspot.com/ … Read entire article »

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Group Dynamics, Volunteer Management, and Crisis Mapping

Moroccan Red Crescent The inherent collaborative nature of crisis mapping and its reliance on a network of both professional and civilian workers has both its benefits and its challenges.  From our practical experiences working on class assignments and our crisis simulation, as well as from accounts drawn from the blogs of more established crisis mappers, we have quickly become familiar with the advantages, as well as the drawbacks, of a multi-member response team. One advantage of the cooperative nature of crisis mapping is the efficiency that results from the ability to mobilize a mass of volunteers, sometimes numbering in the tens of thousands, who can respond to crises immediately.  In his blog post, Patrick Meier describes this massive force: …in the wake of the Haiti earthquake…more than a thousand Creole-speaking volunteers in no … Read entire article »

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Blog 1 – Why Crisis Mapping?

I am an exchange student from Germany and studying at Tufts for two semesters. Since I only get one credit transferred from Tufts to my German university, I am in the lucky position to be able to take only those classes that genuinely interest me. So far those have ranged from Swahili to Snowboarding, and now I added Crisis Mapping to my ‘collection’. I skimmed through the Tufts ExCollege catalog when I stumbled across the description of this Crisis Mapping class. I have to admit that in the beginning, I had absolutely no idea what it was about, but after reading the syllabus it became a little bit more clear to me. I think I took the course because I really wanted to learn more about the field of … Read entire article »

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World Food Programme Crowd Map

World Food Programme – Blog Post 2 Crowd Map and SMS Information Rebecca Graffy, Vanessa Joch, Lucy Perkins, Eric Siegel http://tuftswfp.crowdmap.com/ Establishing a Crowd Map: For the first assignment since beginning work on the WFP’s response plan, our group did not meet in person to discuss the assignment and complete it together. We worked on the map remotely, discussing the process in an email thread. Each member of the team was made a super admin to divide up approval of text responsibilities. Team members added categories independently as they mapped. Whether to Map: The WFP’s goals of immediate food relief and long-term food security depend upon the ability to locate needy populations. The WFP needs to know where the IDPs are gathering, what they already have at their … Read entire article »

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