Disasters and Refugees

No matter what kind of work you do, or where you do it, Magpi can help

Magpi has been used for more than a decade in responding to disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies involving refugees and displaced persons.  From the Aceh tsunami to the recent Nepal earthquakes, and from Ebola in West Africa to cyclones in Fiji, Magpi is used for data collection, staff coordination, disease surveillance and much more.

A classic example comes from Internews: they used Magpi mobile data collection back in 2011 in the Dadaab refugee camps — considered the largest in the world — to conduct interviews and better understand how information flows, how it is accessed, shared and consumed including the reliability of sources, what are the existing initiatives, and what is the local media scene. More than 630 newly arrived and long-term refugees were interviewed and the assessment found that over 70% of new arrivals needed more information about registering for aid provisions and services.

And all done using the completely free basic version of Magpi!

Learn more in the video and the other examples below.

Cash Transfers in South Sudan Crisis

Danish Church Aid (DCA) has been working amid the worsening South Sudan crisis, and including unconditional cash transfers as one of its tools to address the situation: More than 4.8 million people are… Cash Transfers in South Sudan Crisis

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Documenting Change to Support Youth in the Middle East

Generations For Peace (GFP) used Magpi to assist with the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of its EU-funded programming in Lebanon. GFP’s volunteers in Lebanon, working alongside their local partner organisation Development for… Documenting Change to Support Youth in the Middle East

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Setting Up Real-Time SMS Reporting for Ebola in One Workday

During the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Magpi was used for a wide variety of purposes, as reported in InformationWeek and elsewhere. While much of the collection of data for Ebola happened… Setting Up Real-Time SMS Reporting for Ebola in One Workday

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Sending Disaster Data via Satellite

The Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) and the New Zealand Red Cross have pioneered the use of Magpi mobile data collection paired with Delorme’s inReach satellite connectivity in the response to Cyclone Winston… Sending Disaster Data via Satellite

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Health Facility Reporting in Conflict

Towards the end of 2013, armed conflict broke out in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country that had been ravaged by war for years.  Health facilities were among the… Health Facility Reporting in Conflict

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Using Magpi to Distribute Cash in Emergencies

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Nepal Red Cross Society are together using Magpi for beneficiary registration in Nepal earthquake relief, to help manage cash distributions to people… Using Magpi to Distribute Cash in Emergencies

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Running an Ebola Treatment Center

In the heat of the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 in West Africa, International Medical Corps was running several “ETCs” (Ebola Treatment Centers) in Sierra Leone.  Magpi’s CEO, Dr. Joel Selanikio,… Running an Ebola Treatment Center

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Up-to-Date Information for Refugees and Displaced People

Internews used Magpi in the Dadaab refugee camps — considered the largest in the world — to conduct interviews and better understand how information flows, how it is accessed, shared… Up-to-Date Information for Refugees and Displaced People

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Remote Data Collection

Download Our Remote Data Collection Guide and Learn How to Use SMS and IVR to Collect More Data, for Less Money, from Remote Respondents Using any Mobile Phone, no Matter How Basic.

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