By: Patrick Xu, Harvard University. This blog post was originally published by Local Interventions Group.
Austin Wu, a fellow Statistics concentrator and good friend, and I devised a senior research project based off of our existing interests: can we study how data has been used in the disaster relief process, and how data can effectively improve and eventually optimize disaster relief? Given the intensity of damage of Nepal’s most recent earthquake disasters, as well as the coincidental timing, Austin and I began to reach out to NGOs delivering aid in Nepal to begin to build a narrative of how data can be used to aid in the disaster relief process. After a string of emails, we were put in contact with Pranav Budhathoki and Narayan Adhikari, and we arranged an agreement for Austin and I to help with a 5-day analytics project for their two organizations. Now, nearing the end of the project, we reflect on what has been an incredibly positive experience.
What a campaign this year! We’ve had the chance to honor fantastic artists making waves in this anti-corruption space. Without further ado, here are your 2016 Honesty Oscars winners!
Best Photo: Tony Maake- A South African photographer who beautifully brought to light the water crisis in South African villages. See the photo up close here.