The catastrophic explosion that ripped through Beirut Port on Aug. 4 was the result of state capture by Lebanon’s corrupt post-war political class. Our response to the explosion empowers state institutions to act in the public interest by providing them with technical solutions to coordinate the disaster response in a transparent and accountable way.
Specifically, Siren has created a package of digital tools that help municipalities make informed decisions when rehabilitating blast-hit neighbourhoods. These tools fit within the Impact ecosystem, the first e-governance platform in Lebanon that efficiently links stakeholders involved in incident reporting and crisis management.
- We developed a new module on Impact that allows public institutions, municipal workers, the Red Cross, NGOs and mokhtars to collect and visualise data on post-blast needs so that their disaster response is targeted, coordinated and inclusive.
- We also incorporated a damage assessment form into Impact to enable the public administration to easily assess the extent of damage to public buildings in blast-hit areas and the cost of rehabilitating them.
- We have developed interactive dashboards that visualise the data collected through Impact and allow the public and stakeholders to navigate it easily
- We developed a digital Donor Coordination Platform for Cabinet that allows donors and the humanitarian community to track disaster response and rehabilitation aid; capture the landscape of funding responses; and perform effective crisis response planning and analysis. Funds managed through the donor coordination platform are channelled to needs identified on Impact.
Siren’s response to the port explosion also promotes a people-centred and participatory approach to rehabilitating Beirut. We have partnered with digital innovators CME and are currently in the process of developing Reimagine Beirut – a campaign in which we will combine our expertise in digital transformation and strategic planning to help bridge the gap that exists between communities and municipalities on housing and planning issues.