Data Analytics for Disaster Risk Reduction


UNDRR launches Sendai analytics and custom targets modules

Whitespace is excited to share the news that UNDRR's Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM) analytics and custom targets modules have come online with several years' worth of disaster data. We are proud to have helped design these modules, along with the original disaster data reporting mechanism, in 2017-2018.

Created and managed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the Sendai Framework Monitor is an online tool that captures self-reported (by UN member states) progress data against a set of 38 Sendai Framework indicators towards the seven Sendai Framework global targets. The indicators measure progress and determine global trends in the reduction of risk and losses.

Using the new analytics module, stakeholders and decision-makers can follow the progress made on a global and national level. The tool, which is accessible to all, also allows for comparisons of regions and countries at the target and indicator level.

Sendai Global Targets Map View
Sendai Indicator A-1 Regional Comparison

Likewise, the recently released custom reporting module enables countries to monitor their own country-specific targets and map them to their prevention planning objectives. This tool is especially valuable to countries that don't have the resources to maintain their own digital prevention planning solution, allowing them to share their reporting with other countries or regional institutions and build a community of best practices and knowledge sharing.

Whitespace is on route to becoming a certified B Corp, and a core objective of our company is to have a positive impact on society and the environment. This is why it is always exciting for our team to work on such a complex and global project with a human- and planet-centered purpose.

The Sendai Framework Monitor has it all: indicators such as fatalities, economic loss, and readiness criteria that are complex and interdependent; a system requiring a matrix of multiple roles, processes, and access defined by regions and countries; and a reporting and analytics solution conceived to last and grow over the next 15 years!

Our job was to make it extremely simple to operate for the end users, who are primarily local and national government officials from across the full spectrum of UN Member States.

Overall, it is highly gratifying to see the Sendai Framework Monitor in operation, and to realize that all the workshops, design iterations, demos, conference presentations, and usability tests have paid off!

For an overview of the Sendai Framework and how the Sendai Framework Monitor is being used, have a look at this recent video.

#SendaiFramework / @UNDRR