Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks
HNPW 2024 (29 April - 10 May 2024)

Session title: Fostering Informed Decision-Making in Northeast Nigeria: Unifying Critical Operational Datasets for Enhanced Sector-Wide Collaboration
Organizer(s): iMMAP Inc.
7 May 24 14:30-15:30   (Pleniere C)

In Northeast Nigeria, where the humanitarian situation is complex and evolving, the ability to make informed decisions is crucial for effective response and recovery. 'Fostering Informed Decision-Making in Northeast Nigeria' is a collaborative initiative between iMMAP Inc. and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), focusing on the integration of critical operational datasets to enhance collaboration across various sectors. This initiative leverages iMMAP Inc.'s Spatial Decision Support Platform, a state-of-the-art tool designed to streamline data analysis and visualization for strategic decision-making.

This project represents a significant step forward in addressing the challenges of fragmented data in humanitarian and development sectors. By unifying diverse datasets on iMMAP Inc.’s Spatial Decision Support Platform, the initiative aims to create a comprehensive operational picture that supports informed, data-driven decision-making. This approach is crucial in facilitating the effective assessment of needs, efficient resource allocation, and the implementation of targeted interventions in the region.

During the session, participants will explore the sophisticated methodologies and technologies that iMMAP Inc., in partnership with OCHA, employs for the collection, integration, and dissemination of data. These efforts are critical in enhancing the operational efficiency of various humanitarian actors and have led to notable improvements in response strategies across multiple sectors, including health, education, and emergency services.

The session will also delve into the challenges encountered during the implementation of this data unification initiative on the Spatial Decision Support Platform, such as data standardization, ensuring privacy, and maintaining up-to-date information. iMMAP Inc. and OCHA's innovative strategies to overcome these challenges will be highlighted, along with best practices developed through this collaborative effort.

Attendees will gain valuable insights into the transformative role of unified operational datasets in shaping effective humanitarian response and sector-wide collaboration. The session will serve as an inspiration for similar data integration efforts globally, emphasizing the critical role of sophisticated data management tools like the Spatial Decision Support Platform in achieving impactful humanitarian and development work, as demonstrated by iMMAP Inc. and OCHA in Northeast Nigeria.


Amr Mohamed Osman, Country Representative in Nigeria (iMMAPInc.)
Mehtab Khan Senior Information Management Officer (iMMAPInc.)
Rishi Jha, Global Communications and Outreach Coordinator (iMMAP Inc.)

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