"Humanitarian Map": Rossotrudnichestvo helps to raise awareness of Russia's global humanitarian aid

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Humanitarian Map” digital portal was unveiled at a press conference was held in Rossotrudnichestvo. The portal is created by the "Humanitarian Monitor" project and was presented by one of its co-founders, Mikhail Petrosyan with the participation of Evgeny Primakov, head of Rossotrudnichestvo.

The systematisation and digitisation of data on humanitarian aid is extremely important, said Primakov. "These investments are not charity, this is an investment which will then work for our country. It will help Russian companies to work, make borders safer and more. The humanitarian map is a fantastically important and useful project for us" - said Primakov.“Humanitan Map” digital portal was unveiled at a press conference was held in Rossotrudnichestvo. The portal is created by  "Humanitarian Monitor" project and was presented by one of its co-founders, Mikhail Petrosyan with the participation of Evgeny Primakov, head of Rossotrudnichestvo.

The Humanitarian Monitor team, which has been collecting information on Russian humanitarian aid for more than six months, declared its mission to raise awareness about the contribution of the Russian Federation to international development assistance (IDA). "Our mission is to tell the world, our citizens and experts about how Russia helps partner countries. We understand that there are external factors and difficulties in conveying the objective image of our country to a foreign audience, and the map can become one of the tools to raise awareness of Russia’s humanitarian work" - Mikhail Petrosyan, the co-founder of the project.

  • The first version of the Concept of Russia's Participation in International Development Assistance was adopted in 2007.

The Humanitarian Map portal will consolidate data from open sources on Russian humanitarian assistance and international development assistance projects. Interactive filters and a statistical information panel will be among the tools available to users. An English version has been developed for foreign users. Mikhail Petrosyan noted that it is important to show the whole range of humanitarian aid provided by Russia.

  • Between 2019 and 2020, Russia has provided humanitarian aid to 21 countries in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa amounting to over $25 million.

The topics discussed during the presentation included the volume of humanitarian aid sent by Russia in 2020, practical aspects of coordination and communication support of the Russian DMS, the participation of the Russian corporate sector, and non-profit organizations in humanitarian projects.

  • Russia has sent over one million coronavirus tests to more than 40 countries worldwide.

The experience of traditional foreign donor countries, including the UK, was studied when preparing the Russian RMR map. For example, a British government portal with a cartographic tracker for development projects was studied. The Humanitarian Map team tried to analyse in detail all the strengths and weaknesses of the existing interactive tools for visualizing the RMD data. The final product is a result of that work and combines all the best practices. The visualization of data on official development assistance in the form of an interactive world map has become an optimal solution.

Fyodor Lukyanov, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Policy, considers the Humanitarian Map a very important and relevant project.  

Oleg Shakirov, Senior Expert at the Centre for Advanced Management Solutions, noted in his comment that the role of humanitarian aid will grow worldwide, so it is important to have a solution for collecting, systematizing, and publishing information about Russia's activities in this sphere.

  • > 65 countries in the database
  • > 40 participating organizations
  • > 220 aid factors
  • > 400 data sources

Yuri Zaitsev - Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied Economic Research of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration - noted that in addition to the humanitarian aid in the traditional sense, Russia also provides technical assistance to countries in need, grants and other various forms of assistance.

The Head of Rossotrudnichestvo assured that the Agency will help the project and actively participate in the coordination of humanitarian activities.