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Mercy Corps Technology Incorporated Into National Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

On January 11, Mercy Corps Country Director Ramesh Singh presented Major-General T. Badral of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) the server that will double as the second home for Mongolia’s flagship messaging platform, called the Advanced Weather Information service (AWI). This follows his pledge, in May 2017, not only to oversee day-to-day operations of the platform, but to scale it up over time, and incorporate AWI into the Government of Mongolia’s official framework for disaster response and risk reduction.

This handover represents the first step of a year-long capacity transfer designed in the short term, to strengthen the technical capacity of the in-house information technologists tasked with managing the platform and, in the long term, to verify that AWI is sustainable enough to protect rural communities for many years to come.

“Facilitating access to real-time and on-demand weather information can save the livelihoods of herder communities across this county,” said the Major-General to an audience that included all 21 of the agency’s provincial branches.

Launched in 2016, AWI, which translates to “get” in Mongolian, delivers real-time and on-demand weather forecasts and pasture information to herder households in 209 districts and 17 provinces, enabling 92,000 people to make life-saving decisions in the face of natural disaster.

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