Crisis Signals Workshop: Iraq

Invite-only workgroup to prototype information management solutions for specific use cases in northern Iraq.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


March 31, 2017 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Invitation only:

In a rapidly evolving emergency, like that in Mosul, Iraq, it is difficult to get accurate, timely information to the right place at the right time. This information may represent the needs of affected populations, the reporting of incidents and threats, and the activities of humanitarian agencies.

In particular, there is a recognized need to think more strategically about improving data collection, analysis, visualization, and dissemination tools and processes, leveraging recent technological and methodological advancements in the use of real-time remote sensing tools (such as satellite imagery and UAVs) and mobile data solutions (such as rapid SMS, digital survey tools, call data record (CDR) analysis, and social media analytics) for event-based reporting and correlational and trend analysis when it comes to monitoring IDP flows and mapping out conflict scenarios for preparedness and contingency planning.

Join us in an invite-only session curated by Malcolm Johnstone to support information management professionals in Erbil Iraq. Together, we’ll:

  • Help to identify gaps in existing data collection and analysis tools and methods, data visualization for decision-making purposes, and integration of information management systems and protocols.
  • Discuss new methodologies to manage crisis-related information.
  • Set an agenda around improving real-time, inter-agency, geographically-dispersed collaborative platforms and knowledge management systems.
  • Identify champion stakeholders and a process for moving forward on issues identified. Develop a project plan and broker financial and in-kind support for the field teams to develop and test pilot projects.


Malcolm Johnstone
Information Management Specialist, UNHCR

Malcolm JohnstoneMalcolm Johnstone is a humanitarian specialist with experience from 14 breaking emergencies in all parts of the world. His work spans crisis information management, coordinating assessments, developing strategies around cash transfers and advising on adaptation to the pressures of climate change. Recently with UNOCHA and UNHCR in the Middle East, Malcolm has been improving information management practices for the humanitarian responses to the conflict in northern Syria, the refugee influx into Lebanon and the current attack on Mosul, Iraq. Malcolm has a Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Assistance and is completing a second in Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change. He is particularly interested in reducing suffering and improving lives through the restoration of productive ecosystems.

Photo: Qayyarah Airstrip Camp, courtesy Malcolm Johnstone.