Staff from Oxfam in the Philippines recently received training and support on the use of the LMMS system in their operations, in part thanks to CIDA (see this link). New people on the LMMS team, like Paul Milwa (actually Paul’s been involved with LMMS for a while) and Romi Ryos del Sol (recently trained in KL), were there on the behalf of WVI/LMMS to lead the trainings and to support our Oxfam colleagues, and while the software development team on this occasion did not have an opportunity to witness the preparations leading up to Oxfam’s deployment of LMMS, we did however receive a digital production of the event that you can find below!
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Just watched this talk by Dan … and was utterly blown away at how elegantly and effectively he communicates the fact that our approach to charity is dead wrong. I watched this after coming of a full day session on innovation in the humanitarian sector, hosted by the International Council of Voluntary Agencies in Geneva. With over 100 humanitarian agencies present at the event, we talked about the myriad of challenges from funding to risk adverse nature of humanitarian agencies. When I watched Dan’s talked – I thought how relevant his discussion was and how brilliantly he presented it.
In Niger, West Africa, one of the poorest nations where little has changed in terms of technology, World Vision has pioneered a technology that brings humanitarian assistance to the last mile. Last Mile Mobile Solution (LMMS) has changed the crisis landscape of the most marginalized community members.
Amin, 17, accompanied his father, Alimoukadi, 82, to a food distribution in a small village called Alibou in the township of Kalfou out in the northeast of Niger in West Africa.
A study published by the Feinstein International Center (see here for the report and PPTs) reiterates the critical importance of gathering data for better decision-making, better responses and for empowering agencies to live up to standards of impartiality. The findings suggest that ‘Sex and Age Disaggregated Data’ (SADD) are vital to deliver improved responses based on the varying needs of women and men, the elderly and the young. However the research indicates that none of the lead agencies collected such data properly nor did they analyze the information and use that knowledge for better programming!
Learn how LMMS RSA 3.0.0 to be be released very soon, addresses such issues directly by presenting detailed profile information disaggregated by gender, age and vulnerabilities!
People attending the London LMMS training event, will get a sneak peek of the ability to generate these reports at a click of a button. If you are interested to learn more, just me directly or connect with us via the blog contact form!
Last week we had an internal release of LMMS (RSA version 2.8.0 and MCA 3.0.2). This release is going through a battery of tests to ensure its road worthy before we open it up for some field deployments. There are a ton of new requirements inside this latest release and I thought it may be helpful to describe some of these features as a way of helping to further your understanding of the system (and to get feedback please!). So this post delivers details on some of the things to expect under 2.8.0 and 3.0.2.
Ever since the RCR Wireless posting on our Cash-for-Work (CfW) projects in Haiti, I have had a few people ask me why an aid-agency would be involved with providing cash as a way of providing humanitarian aid. What’s the reason for handing out cash, aren’t there concerns that distributing cash would lead to inappropriate purchases and how do you actually handle cash payments – isn’t is dangerous for your staff?
In this posting, I’ll briefly address the rational for cash-based interventions and I’ll answer these specific questions directly.