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Revolutionizing Humanitarian Aid: The Data-Driven Journey

In the complex realm of humanitarian aid, concepts like data, community engagement, and innovation often appear as disjointed elements rather than interconnected pillars. The humanitarian sector, including organizations like UNHCR, has grappled with the rhetoric of these ideals, yet practical integration remains elusive. A closer look reveals a stark contrast between the forward-thinking strides made by public and private sectors in leveraging data for client-centric service delivery and the humanitarian sector's struggle to keep pace.

A mere two decades ago, the "feedback box" epitomized cutting-edge technology for collecting community feedback in humanitarian response. Unfortunately, this outdated approach still persists in some contexts today, showcasing the sector's sluggish adaptation to societal, economic, and technological transformations. Despite the sector's familiarity with approaches and technologies for better understanding constituent needs, the pervasive reliance on anecdotal evidence and the siloed storage of electronic data hinder progress.

In response to this challenge, there is a growing call for intelligent sharing and access to feedback and perceptions data among humanitarian organizations. Initiatives like the Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) and the Humanitarian Data Exchange aim to standardize terminology and create central repositories for open humanitarian data. However, a critical gap persists in understanding how to bridge the data to humanitarian program delivery effectively.

Closing the Gap: Aqlity's Data-Driven Approach in Hard-to-Reach Areas

Quality stands at the forefront of this revolution, recognizing the need for a more ambitious and comprehensive approach to integrating data and community participation into humanitarian programming. Our focus extends beyond the conventional goal of incorporating feedback into programming. Instead, we strive for a paradigm shift—toward constituent-driven programming that combines feedback data with other indicators and metadata to offer a holistic understanding of community needs.

We help humanitarian organisations deliver more agile, quality and accountable aid. AQLITY is a social enterprise that employs data-driven technologies and tools to improve the efficiency and quality of charities, NGOs, volunteer networks and the larger humanitarian aid and development efforts. We aim to propel the national charity and international humanitarian sector to shift towards an agile and data-informed modus operandi indispensable for effective and timely aid delivery in the perpetually changing landscape. By leveraging technology, we can create more effective and sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing challenges the clients face.

Our platform connects local organisations with funding and resources while also providing real-time field data on needs in the most hard-to-reach underserved areas. Our platform operates on a free subscription basis, with registered users able to access our database and analytics tools around the clock and free of charge. We partner with international aid organisations, philanthropic foundations, donor agencies and governments to drive the adoption of our platform and ensure that it meets the needs of those working in the field. Our team brings together expertise in data technology, the international humanitarian sector and the local civil society actors committed to positively impacting the world. We believe that AQLITY has the potential to revolutionise the way that humanitarian aid in hard-to-reach locations is delivered, and we look forward to building partnerships and expanding our impact in the years to come.

Our secure online platform and application enable registered organizations (donors, government agencies, INGOs, NGOs, foundations, International Organizations) to access information and resources related to AQLITY’s services. This collaborative space fosters information sharing among key humanitarian stakeholders, prompts new partnerships, contributes to reducing duplication, and ensures that aid is delivered with an increased degree of accountability, efficiency, and quality. This platform operates globally and benefits the public by promoting transparent collaboration between international organizations, donors, and local entities.

Needs Assessment: Our tailored needs assessments tackle the challenges of timely access to critical information and subsequent aid delivery to the community. Focusing on vital areas like food, water, sanitation, hygiene, and financial needs, our assessments yield real-time data across dynamic contexts. By understanding the unique needs of hard-to-reach areas, we empower aid organizations to craft precise, evidence-based, and data-driven interventions and prompt efficient last-mile delivery while enhancing the overall accountability and impact of humanitarian assistance.

Stakeholder Mapping: AQLITY takes the lead in identifying and vetting reliable local stakeholders (CSOs, Volunteer Networks, NGOs) operating in challenging terrains. Our comprehensive assessment provides information on stakeholders’ capacities per operational area (administration, finance, project management), final score, and ranking, as well as a roadmap for capacity development. Mapping local partners amplifies the reach of aid efforts and promotes transparent collaboration between international organizations, donors, and local entities.



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