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How does a school in Burundi end up having 3 water access systems – a rainwater collector, a well and a water pipeline – and none of them work? As so often happens, this is a result of various donors, INGOs and local implementing partners working separately on the same operation, seemingly oblivious to each other’s presence. Can we find a way to optimise resources and time for all the stakeholders involved? One of the major reasons why there is duplication or lack of coordination across humanitarian and international interventions is absence of data. Due to the genuine lack of data, organisations can’t collaborate even if they really want to. This problem gets exacerbated since the existing data also lacks the necessary information about local organisations who possess local expertise. “At the start of 2021, we estimate that just 51 percent of relevant, complete crisis data is available across 27 humanitarian operations.” - The State Of Open Humanitarian Data 2021- Sarah Telford
Fields Data addresses this data gap by using a bottom-up methodology, to collect and share ground-level organisational information. We combine this data with publicly available information to create 4W maps of 'Who does What, Where and When', so that during a crisis, we can save lives by using local expertise. These 4W maps form the core foundations on which additional analyses can be done. Our work helps increase the international visibility of local organisations, who work rigorously on the field but do not get noticed. We strongly believe that if we need to push for localisation of aid, then we need to think about redesigning systems and making them inclusive i.e. the first step of localisation begins with the identification of local organisations. The data we collect is made publicly available on our website and is also shared on the platform Humanitarian Data Exchange. We would also be sharing our aggregated analysis on Statista.