Final 3W report available by agency and by cluster

Our Situational Review of Aid Responders in Nepal – Final Report on 513 Organizations Responding as of May 6, 2015

The report identifies 513 responding organisations.

Download the PDF 3W report listing agencies in alphabetical order.

Download the XLS (speadsheet) listing agencies by cluster.

Our deployment is complete

We have produced our final 3W reports. The data has gone to many, many humanitarian organisations and will be used to assist and accelerate the coordination of humanitarian groups on the ground.

We have processed an extraordinary range of data streams over the past 12 days. We have geolocated pictures and messages of needs and offers of assistance, we have provided maps and tables ourselves and we have supported other organisations and groups to streamline their processes.

We have worked closely with many other groups throughout this deployment, we have been involved in very specific individual stories and we have been involved in the global humanitarian response.

And now we must stop.

It is hard because we know that the people of Nepal remain in crisis. It will take years to rebuild the buildings, the livelihood, the economies of the country and as someone wrote to me today “It just feels like it is so little help.” It is hard but it is the right thing to do.

Twelve days ago information about the situation in Nepal was scarce. We, along with other groups, were able to rapidly and radically improve the intelligence about what was happening and where.

Now there are agencies on the ground. KLL is doing extraordinary work, online, from right there in Kathmandu. They are up and running. They are beginning to coordinate effectively and help is truly arriving.

The people on the ground now have better information than we have.

It is time for us to leave.

This is our mission.

We respond quickly and then we hand over to people on the ground.

We can be quick because we have so many volunteers around the globe, because we work online and coordinate online but we are only one part of the global humanitarian response, of the hundreds and hundreds of organisations responding to the plight of the Nepali people.

It is our mission (along with other digital humanitarians) to provide information early on in a disaster. Because it is where the biggest gap is. When the information is fuzzy and people are struggling to get a grasp on what is going on.

It is our mission because we are all volunteers and we must look after ourselves and our families around us. We cannot keep running this fast for very long.

It is our mission because we will be needed elsewhere. This is our third deployment in less than two months. Right now there is a red alert for a tropical cyclone in the Pacific and we pray it changes course before its predicted landfall.

Be proud.

This has been one of the largest deployments we have worked on. It has combined hundreds of people across the world. And we have achieved amazing things. Things that genuinely could not have been achieved by any other organisation in the world right now. Things that may help countless people in ways that they will never realise.

And we have been just one strand of a colossal mobilisation of people and skills and knowledge. Working together. For the people of Nepal. Our brothers and sisters.

But this mission, for Nepal, right now, must end.

But it was not small.

And you should be extraordinarily proud of what you have achieved.

Fifth 3W report: Agencies responding to Nepal

This is the fifth edition of the 3W report. Published May 4 2015.

The fifth report is available in PDF

And the fifth report is also available in XLS (spreadsheet) format

We also have a low bandwidth version available.


Update #8 | Nepal earthquake deployment | Extended until May 6

The final push

As the response on the ground in Nepal builds up we have been reviewing our tasks.

3W Continues

We are currently focusing our efforts on maintaining and improving the 3W data.

We are issuing daily updates of our 3W information which can be found here

Between now and Wednesday we will focus as much effort as we can on keeping the 3W data up to date and plugging any gaps.

Please join this task

This is a really rewarding task. Our 3W report is the most comprehensive and up to date report of agencies responding available in the field.

Soon the normal UN process will take over but we really want to make sure our data is as useful as possible right up until we end our activation.

Needs and offers stopped but not, necessarily, ended

The KLL Crisis Map is really building its capacity and is on the ground. On top of this because power is out in the affected areas so we are not receiving any new messages via social media.

The needs and offers team has worked really hard to geolocate all of our reports ready to hand over to KLL. Please point people to the KLL Crisis Map which is a really fantastic project:

We are discussing with UN-OCHA a possible further needs and offers task. We will hopefully be able to bring you more information tomorrow Tuesday May 4 2015.

We have ended work on the following tasks:

Affected areas

The affected areas map data has served its purpose. We had a rapid assessment up as quickly as it was possible to generate it. As responders get out into the country and as more data sources come on stream this task is no longer needed.

Camp info

We believe that the location of most informal camps is now understood. Responders now need more detail on the conditions, scale and other issues. So we will need to change the focus on this task and, when UAViators data becomes available we will need to be ready to ramp up the work again.

Photos and images

This has been a tough and gruelling task but it has really improved the understanding of the situation for responders on the ground and planning to respond. However the flow of new photos and images has really slowed and we are not receiving requests for this output any more.

Thank you all for your hard work on this. You have made a real difference in really challenging circumstances.

But the deployment carries on until 2200 UTC on Wednesday May 6 2015.

Please keep going.


3W Nepal: list of responding agencies on Twitter

Our 3W report contains a field for the Twitter account for each responding organisation where we can find it. We have created a list on Twitter which contains all of those accounts.

List of responding agencies on Twitter.


Fourth 3W report: Agencies responding to Nepal

This is the fourth edition of the 3W report. Published May 3 2015.

We also have a low bandwidth version available.


Update #7 Nepal earthquake deployment

One week on

One week ago, at about 09:00 UTC an old friend was at my house having a cup tea when my phone started to go crazy. An earthquake had hit Nepal and, given the magnitude and the location the humanitarian impact was likely to be significant.

It is one week on and we are going strong. My Skype client looks like a Christmas tree with flashing lights and alerts from huge numbers of chats.

It must seem crazy to new volunteers when they drop into the deployment windows.

In fact I know it does seem crazy because I’ve been a volunteer with the Standby Task Force since 2011 and I always joined deployments with a sense that I didn’t fully understand the way things worked. I felt that there were other people there, “proper” Standby Task Force people and that I was just visiting. Maybe it’s British diffidence, maybe it’s just me but I suspect that a lot of people feel that way.

I only joined the Core Team earlier this year. This is my third deployment as a member of the core team. I can tell you that there are some people with amazing skills working on this deployment, people with incredible experience, people with a vast wealth of knowledge.

And most of us don’t see ourselves as one of those people. But we really should. Everyone I have met on this deployment has added real value. Maybe because they are a GIS-genius, or maybe because they are a stickler for detail. Maybe because they have lived and worked in Nepal and have local knowledge, maybe because they know how to create teams on Tweetdeck. Maybe because their grit and determination was an inspiration for others, maybe because they made some people laugh.

One of the strange things about the Standby Task Force is that, in a way, there is nothing there. We don’t have staff or buildings or structures or most of the things that we expect from organisations.

What we do have is an amazing network of people, a space for those people to collaborate in and a mission.

So if you haven’t signed up for this deployment yet, or if you dropped in and felt a bit intimidated, I urge you to step forward, bring all your skills, bring all your experience, bring a will to collaborate and you will seek how much difference you can make.

And those of you that have joined the deployment.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

What we’ve been up to

We’ve been able to produce really comprehensive 3W reports. We know that these are being read because agencies have contacted us with updates to their entries or to be added. The urgent needs work continues apace. We are using Verily to try to keep our picture or needs and offers as current as possible.

MicroMappers has stood down but UAViators are flying in Nepal and we hope to be able to work with them tagging UAV images soon.

Our data feeds are being shared with agencies active on the ground: UN-OCHA, WFP, Shelter cluster, NetHope, Amnesty International, KLL, Langtang Missing group,Global logistics cluster and Mercy Corps to pick a random few.