What’s up with WhatsApp in Rural Indonesia?

CWS Indonesia | November 15, 2016

During a recent “InaSAFE workshop in South Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia, 23 staff from government and non-government organizations learned how to use this innovative disaster risk mapping application developed by the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), with support from the Australian government (DFAT). The application creates realistic disaster impact scenarios, helping government and NGO staff better plan and prepare for, as well as respond to, disasters. This was the first of 2 workshops where participants had a chance to better understand risk mapping by using OSM (open street map) and GIS (geographic information system) along with InaSAFE (disaster impact scenario software).

Habel Patabang, a staff member of the Toraja Utara Department of Spatial Planning and Housing joined the workshop and, at the end, he said, “This was very useful for my colleagues and me because we can now use modern technology to more accurately map our communities’ disaster risks and easily access documented risk findings. Using mapping software, and having this kind of info-data, is new for us. It will really help us in our efforts to reduce disaster risks in Toraja Utara.”

As a follow-up to the workshop, participants decided to form an ‘open street map community’ in Toraja Utara. Habel volunteered to administer a WhatsApp group and share information and updates with all members in preparation for the second workshop.

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