Building the next generation of information tools for humanitarians
ReliefWeb Labs projects explore new and emerging opportunities to improve information delivery to humanitarians. These projects represent our commitment to stay one step ahead of information challenges and make sure the humanitarian community has the tools it needs during crises.

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We are always pursuing our mandate to develop "the global humanitarian information system for the dissemination of reliable and timely information on emergencies and natural disasters."

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Humanitarian Videos

Phase: BETA

Video reporting has become an increasingly effective way for humanitarian organizations to communicate the work they undertake. ReliefWeb is testing a new humanitarian ‘Videos’ section to help you access a collection of humanitarian information videos from our content partners.

Interactive Timeline Map

Phase: BETA

Visualizing humanitarian information through interactive tools has the opportunity to help users digest multiple and complex information. OCHA’s Visual Information Unit, with technical support of ReliefWeb, has developed a pilot timeline map to display humanitarian information, situation timelines and maps.

Humanitarian Data Exchange

Phase: BETA

Data is critical to making informed decisions during disasters but often humanitarian data is hard to find and use for analysis. We are launching a new lab project to create a prototype data platform for the humanitarian community.

Disaster Tracker

Phase: BETA

ReliefWeb's API enables new tools using ReliefWeb content. As a part of the potential tools to be built using the API, we're launching a disaster tracker prototype to enable filtered access to reports along with external data like Twitter, EM-DAT Disaster Database, and UNDP's Human Development Index. Check out the open source code on Github.

ReliefWeb APIs


Are you developing innovative online products targeting humanitarians? Then ReliefWeb’s API (application programming interface) could be a great tool for you. Our new API will enable developers to create online applications using ReliefWeb’s content.

Thematic Topics


To help you stay informed in your area of humanitarian expertise we have introduced a category of content pages called “Topics”. These thematic topics will categorise information under a particular issue or theme. “Food and Nutrition” is our first Labs trial topic page.

Disaster Topics


The new Disaster Topic pages will offer global analysis, lessons-learnt and other in-depth reports organized by disaster type. Each page will display the locations of disasters in the past 12 months on a dynamic world map, and links to alerts and monitoring tools by specialized institutions.

ReliefWeb Mobile


ReliefWeb Mobile has become the first project to graduate Labs. We're still looking for ways to make it better, and we'd love to hear your ideas.