Information is a valuable resource that has been unquestionably missing from aid delivery for too long. To deal with this issue NGOs United serves as a data collection platform which aims to build a comprehensive understanding of who is doing what and where in aid delivery. Here is how we do it:
Our first data collection project is featured around Haiti. We are aiming to collect data on the majority of NGOs working within Haiti before we move on to other countries; however, we are open to receiving data from other countries as we build our Haitian database. As an organization we chose to focus solely on Haiti to keep our goals humble from the start. In our experience organizations that aim too big have a tendency of coming up short, and tracking 10,000,000 NGOs is currently out of our reach. Thus, we approach the simple, yet daunting task of collecting information on who is doing what, where, and how in Haiti.
The type of NGO data gathered from Haiti ranges from large international NGOs which respond exclusively to humanitarian crisis, to small local NGOs working on long-term development issues. NGOs United is striving to bring all NGOs together, not just a certain type.
3. Free to the Public
After we have gathered our data we are working on displaying it on two separate public domains: (i) a database and (ii) an NGO map. Our database is made to be user friendly to donors, NGOs, and beneficiaries, thus allowing sorting based upon location, project category, size, funding, and other factors. The NGO map hopes to give users a more realistic sense of an NGO's proximity, aiming to promote increased frequency of collaboration within the international development community.
4. An Active Collaboration Body
As important as data collection and display are, we don't stop there. We understand that it is challenging for NGOs to identify who is operating within their region that may have particular relevance to their projects, which is why as a collaboration agency we actively email our NGOs and inform them of relevant individuals in the field.