Sustainability of Disaster Response Organizations

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Sustainability of Disaster Response Organizations

The problem-solution sets provide a method to detail everything needed to galvanize support for addressing a critical problem facing an NGO or grass roots organization.

=Summary of the Problem

Most disaster response organization received lots of help, funding, and assistance when disaster hits. However, after 3 months, they find it difficult to sustain operation. This includes the problem of getting sustainable funding, continuous trainings/capacity building for local communities, and developing effective communication/ updating system before and after a crisis/disaster.

Description: This is a sentence or two description of the problematic situation facing the civil society organization This problem definition mimics the Santiago Problem Definition “NGO Sustainment before or after a crisis”:

Description of the Need

The basic need to be solved actually relies on getting sustainable funding--all year long, not only when a disaster hits. By having sustainable funding, esp. for local disaster response organizations/communities affected by disaster, we can channel these funds to provide continuous training or capacity building, and develop an integrated disaster communication/updating system.

Description: This should outline the basic need that would solve the problem listed above. It might have technology options included, but must have a clear need that tech could solve in a number of different ways.

Who Needs This?

If the problem was addressed, it will be really beneficial for local NGO, disaster response organization and local communities (that might be) affected by disaster.

Description: Who is the owner of this need? Which NGO, community-based organization or group of people would better be able to implement their mission if this problem was addressed?

=Solution Space

  • Web and social network: people-to-people lending - before a disaster hits (preparing them for disasters) and after a disaster hits (helping them rebuild their lives after disaster)
  • Mobile - people can transfer fund by deducting their phone credit
  • Video-sharing technology - work with private sectors and telco providers or other organization to provide disaster-survival or emergency- handling video, to be broadcasted to the cellphone's local communities

Description: What are the technology areas you see as potentially solving this problem? (e.g., Mobile, social media, geospatial technologies, etc.)

Use Case

  • Let's think of a small village. In this small village, there is a local disaster response group which is also a part of the local community. In times of crisis or disaster, this is the group people look up to for guidance.
  • The local disaster response group and the local community are formed voluntarily, but those operating this group will need funding for their day-to-day operation, all year long.
  • We can then utilize social media to drive sustainable funding for this group and the village
  • The local disaster response group (even before disaster hits) can list down their village's vulnerabilities toward disaster, their capacity, what the villagers need i.e. need to build evacuation route, 20 people need homes/haven't had jobs, 3 school buildings are still broken.
  • These lists, accompanied with video, will be uploaded to our people-to-people lending site
  • People can choose to donate money to a certain project (build school) or help a certain villager, or a certain family or supporting the need of the local disaster response group itself
  • Because in Indonesia people are still reluctant to donate via paypal or credit card, we can put sms code for a specific project or villager or family and people can donate by texting this sms code number, then their phone credit will be deducted based on the amount of money they want to donate.
  • We can replicate this for other villages
  • The site will also let us know how many people we have helped to get them prepared for disaster and how many people we have helped in rebuilding their lives after disaster

Description: Provide either a paragraph or bulleted list of how someone might use a proposed solution that is developed

Existing solutions or relevant links

Description: What other potential information could help the technologists working on the idea.

What Resources Are Needed

  • government: shortening the line of bureaucracy, introducing and supporting our site, instructing the implementation for special short code number for disaster
  • private sector: network, special short code number / line or number for disaster, funding,
  • volunteer: people to take videos, train people on how to prepare for disaster,
  • funding organization: sponsor a certain project or village
  • large NGO: training and capacity building, network to more funding sources

Follow-on Actions

  • start with an example, experiment with a local disaster response group to build the content of what they need (6 mths)
  • get volunteers who can design the site (web development company or university)
  • set- up cooperations with private sectors for sms donation
  • beta-testing, evaluate, replicate

Description: Once a potential solution has been developed, what is your action plan for implementing it? This should be a series of steps and milestones, ideally with actions assigned to specific people.