Revolutionizing Humanitarian Aid in Somalia: UNICEF’s GeoSight Initiative Sets New Standard

@UNICEF Somalia: Innovation for Children in Crisis

In Mogadishu, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has introduced a cutting-edge web platform to revolutionize the analysis and visualization of geospatial data in Somalia, enhancing preparedness and response efforts.

Known as GeoSight, this open-source platform aims to simplify the visualization and analysis of data, with a focus on improving outcomes for children. It enables the creation of online maps to display multiple indicators at a local level, aiding evidence-based decision-making for the well-being of children.

Levi Eze, an Emergency Specialist at UNICEF Somalia, South Central Region, highlighted the significance of GeoSight in filtering and managing information amidst various reports from different partners, ensuring responses are based on accurate and reliable data.

@UNICEF Somalia: October 2023 Update: GeoSight Visualizes Flood Data in Somalia

From 2020 to 2023, Somalia faced severe drought, posing a threat of famine and resulting in approximately 43,000 deaths in 2022, with half being children under five. Subsequently, heavy Deyr rains and flooding in late 2023 affected nearly half of the country’s districts, impacting 2.5 million individuals and submerging vast farmlands.

In response to the flooding, UNICEF’s Rapid Response Teams utilized GeoSight data to strategically rescue affected populations using boats. Eze emphasized that GeoSight enhanced the efficiency and accuracy of their response efforts by providing valuable insights into risks and impacts on the ground.

Supported by UNICEF’s Global Innovation Climate Portfolio, GeoSight plays a crucial role in facilitating data-driven emergency responses in areas severely affected by climate change and natural disasters. The tool’s importance is underscored by the fact that Somalia faced a record number of 2.9 million displaced individuals in 2023 due to a combination of climatic challenges and conflict.

UNICEF Somalia, aiming to assist 2 million individuals in 2024, has been actively involved in promoting innovative solutions like GeoSight. Following a successful trial in Somalia, GeoSight is poised to expand its reach to NGOs and government agencies in Kenya, Cambodia, and Lebanon, entering a phase of accelerated growth.

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