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    Sydney-Based G Squared Tasked By Swiss Government to Monitor Humanitarian Programs in Somalia

    By The Staff - Sep 14, 2021
    Sydney-Based G Squared Tasked By Swiss Government to Monitor Humanitarian Programs in Somalia

    The Swiss Government has appointed Australian digital marketing agency G Squared and software company Station Five, to develop a first-of-its-kind data platform to monitor humanitarian and development programs in Somalia.

    One of the most fragile and volatile countries in the world, Somalia has been placed at the bottom of rankings for state fragility, corruption perception, bribery risks and global peace indices over the past three decades. Systemic corruption and collusion is one of the leading causes of instability, which can impact the effective delivery of development assistance and humanitarian aid.

    At the same time, the impacted population is not systematically being involved in the design and implementation of development and humanitarian programs, which can negatively affect the relevance and impact of interventions.

     
     

    The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, part of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs with responsibilities for coordinating international development and delivering humanitarian aid, has an office in the Horn of Africa which aims to improve the performance of its programmes and enhance stability, reduce poverty and improve wellbeing.

    Following a global tender process, Sydney-based G Squared in partnership with Station Five, have been awarded an initial four-year contract to design and build the data visualization platform, with an option for the contract to be extended for an additional four years.

    The first of its kind dashboard will display real-time analytics such as identification of risks, reporting on the impact of positive and negative activities and mapping stakeholder effectiveness to enable timely and effective decision-making for the SDC, other donors as well as implementing partners and authorities.

     
     

    G Squared will create the user experience and interface design for the platform, which will receive, verify, store and display data that will be collected by a remote monitoring provider, with Station Five managing the engineering and data science of the platform.

    “The appointment of two Australian businesses, by the Swiss Government’s SDC, to develop a first of its kind data visualisation platform to assist in the planning and delivery of effective humanitarian and development programmes in Somalia, is certainly one of the more unique projects we have been involved with,” said George Pappas, director at G Squared.

    “We’re honoured to have been chosen for this project, which aims to make a tangible difference to the lives of Somalis for many years to come.”

     

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