Relief Applications combines the expertise of humanitarian workers, developers and Information Management specialists. We thrive on solving the daily challenges posed by working in the humanitarian sector and believe that the right technology can provide the ideal solution.


A comprehensive review and comparison of humanitarian operational mechanisms

example: IFRC Surge Platform Study

Preliminary IFRC investigations of existing surge operations led to the conclusion that full scale review of their Global Surge systems was required to understand the differing methods and tools used. Relief Applications were tasked with an in depth review of Global Surge operations across all IFRC regions.

A Relief Applications team of IT experts and surge specialists carried out in-depth literature reviews, key informant interviews, online surveys and platform analyses. The team delivered a report defining surge operational requirements with a comparative analysis of available products and proposed several solutions for IFRC based upon costs, risk analysis and feasibility.

IFC Surge Study
Studies UNICEF


Review of regional IT systems to make them work for all involved stakeholders

example: Child Protection Feasibility Study

Stakeholders were lacking in a centralised system for rapid access to information and were unable to obtain relevant information in a timely and effective manner.

We drafted a comprehensive review of current information systems alongside other solutions available within the humanitarian network. The report conducted a stakeholder analysis of all actors in the Child Protection sphere. Recommendations for the implementation of a single and integrated Child Protection Information and Case Management system were provided to the Albanian Child Protection network.


Helping organisations to choose and Deploy the right system

example: Mobile Data Collection Study

The French Red Cross launched a corporate effort to harmonize the use of data collection tools in its missions. Considering the nature of its missions and the high number of available options, the FRC faced difficulty to deploy a common system for mobile data collection.

Over several weeks we conducted an in-depth analysis of the various mobile data collection systems. We followed this up with recommendations for future missions. We developed a detailed plan to set up the system, and a tailored training program integrated in the standard toolkit for FRC delegations.

ODK Study
maps cameroon


Based on collected field data we use QGIS to develop maps

Example: Cameroon – Resources mapping

During the CAR crises, a large number of refugees settled in eastern Cameroon leading to tension with the local communities. One of the main tension points was the use of the land for farming and livestock activities.

We analysed the location and use of natural resources in several villages inhabited by local and refugee populations and worked with the communities to draw maps. Using QGIS with translated the community-based map into maps adding administrative, resources and several other layers. These maps were then used with the local communities and authorities to lead initiatives on conflict resolution.


Effective strategy development for leading humanitarian organisations

example: Italian RC - 2030 Startegy

In 2017 the Italian Red Cross undertook an important structural change from a public to a private organisation. Just one year on, in the aftermath of the new association, CRI needed to set a common vision to inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote all forms of humanitarian activities within the organisation.

Through consultation at all levels of territory, we worked to redefine the strategy for 2018-2030. Relief Applications helped to shift towards a more proactive approach taking the initiative to establish global standards and best practises. We advised CRI to adopt common frameworks and standards as key pillars of growth strategy to re-establish a strong lead position at global level, take a proactive approach to reforming domestic rules and systems, improve communication and intervene at home and across the world.