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Nonprofit Agencies Respond Faster to Emergencies, Coordinate Activities

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Executive Summary

From the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami came the idea for a software solution that would speed relief efforts at the local, regional, or global levels. The Fritz Institute, working with Microsoft Gold Certified Partner IrisLogic/BlueStar, chose the Microsoft .NET Framework, over Java and Linux, for HELIOS, which standardizes and largely automates the processes of supply-chain management for nonprofit relief efforts. HELIOS scales from a laptop in the field to servers managing a global operation. Successful pilots at Oxfam show the solution can cut the time and cost of paperwork in half, giving aid workers more time to work directly with local populations delivering life-saving assistance faster. The solution enables interagency coordination and increased agency accountability to the public and the donors from multilateral and bilateral agencies.

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