70 humanitarian aid workers from UN Agencies, International NGO, National NGO, Government Ministries, Boards and Agency, Civil Society Organizations and Security Agencies were brought together to participate in the Round III iMMAP Information Management Training. iMMAP is an international NGO, that provides professional information management services to humanitarian and development organizations by collecting, analyzing, and visualizing data, which enables them to make informed decisions to ultimately provide high-quality targeted assistance to the world’s most vulnerable populations. They support humanitarian actors to solve operational and strategic challenges. iMMAP’s pioneering approach facilitates informed and effective emergency preparedness, humanitarian response, and development aid activities by enabling evidence-based decision-making for UN agencies, humanitarian cluster/sector leads, NGOs, and government operations.
The first day of the training was characterized by the theoretical aspect of the training which includes individual introduction, training objectives and expectations, and presentations. In the first presentation of the training, Richard Sennoga (Capacity Building Lead, iMMAP), introduced the participants to Humanitarian Information Management (IM) which in his presentation said it covers the various stages of information processing i.e. data collection, storage, processing and analysis and information output dissemination. His presentation also talked about attributes of quality information, IM process and the reasons for IM in emergencies.
Bruno Ngandu-Kazadi (IM Offficer, UNOCHA) presented on IM in Sector Coordination. His presentation touched areas such as Understanding the Humanitarian Program Cycle or HPC, the Cluster/Sector Approach – Intra-sector and Inter-sector Coordination, and the Responsibilities of Sector Leads and OCHA in Information Management. After his presentation, participants were grouped into 4 and each group was given a task to using a case study of a liberated community faced with series of suicide bombings, to write about
- information that would be needed about the community,
- from whom the info can be gotten and
- challenges faced in the process of getting the info
The last presentation of the day was by Richard Sennoga that talked about the Kinds and Sources of Humanitarian Data and Information.
The second day was all about Humanitarian Needs Assessment. The first presentation introduced us to what Needs Assessment entails, terminology, Needs Assessment Lifecycle, Coordination, determining the current state of Needs Assessment and Establishing ContextBaselines. Another presentation was made on Design of Data Collection. This talked about the essential components of a questionnaire, key elements of questionaire design and kinds of data collection tools.
The last presentation of the day was on Exploring Data Collection Form Controls and Rationale. This talked about data collection form controls, purpose and rationale of form controls, data collection form design best practices, and getting started with Kobo Toolbox, form design, testing and deployment with Kobo Toolbox. At the end of the day’s presentation, participants were given a group task to conduct a needs assessment on a crisis-affected community and report back. So also, an individual task (assignment) was given to design a data collection form using appropriate form controls and justification on a given set of questions.
The third day was characterized with more paratical sessions. The day started with a presentation on Security, Access and Logistics Coordination in Needs Assesments. The presentation discussed the constraints (time, access, security and resources) and logistical supplies that affect the success of conduct of a needs assessment. A presentation on Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis followed and lastly a practical session on the design and deployment of data collection for using Kobo Toolbox. The session was quite resourceful.
It started with 2 quick presentations on Humanitarian Needs Analysis and Humanitarian Response Monitoring. The peak of the day was a practical session on Quntum Geographic Information System (QGIS). QGIS is a system application which functions in humanitarian IM are but not limited to
- drawing maps
- representing qualitative and quantitative information on dashboard
- locating a coordinate on GPS map
- classifying and representing geographical information on map, etc.
During the practical, we learned how to use the application to draw a map and represent data on the map.
The final day of the training was a half day. We continued from where we stopped on QGIS the previous day. We were taught on how to export the map we designed for use in reports and presentations. The day ended with the presentation of certificates to all participants of the training.
The training was brought to closure with words of appreciation from participants and training facilitators. In his remarks, Richard commended all participants for their maturity, commitment, dedication and endurance shown throughout the duration of the training. He said this is one of the most coordinated training he has ever facilitated while also appreciating full attendance by participants throughout the training.
In his word, Moseray Sesay (Head of Sub-Office, UN OCHA Yola) encouraged participants to make good use of the knowledge and skills acquired to better information management in humanitarian and also step down to other colleagues that couldn’t be part of the training.