Homa Reto

The future of disaster risk governance.

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Homa Reto

A geospatial app to democratize disaster risk governance through open-source data collection, sharing, and mapping.

Our Vision

Critical cartography

Participatory mapping is a way of unraveling the power structures and political endeavors of cartography and of promoting democratic practices of information management and sharing. Homa Reto enables the creation of knowledge within transparent boundaries of space, identity, and socio-historical contexts to empower those experiencing marginalization.

Community based participatory disaster risk governance.

Community-based disaster management (CBDM) focuses on the community as the main agent of disaster risk governance. To reduce vulnerability and build resilience, CBDM prioritizes the utilization of local resources and capacities. Thereby, we bridge the gap between local knowledge, structures, and organizations with authoritative actors.

Our mission

Localization and community involvement are established objectives of the international disaster risk reduction (DRR) governance system. However, often community actors that provide vital resources, know-how, and grassroots projects remain invisible to governments and humanitarian actors. Despite technological advancements, there are few applications that connect non-state actors with hazard information and that provide ways of participation and ownership. Thus, structural asymmetries in the humanitarian governance system persist.

Homa Reto (Engl.: The Human Network) is an accessible, transparent, and secure, data and information sharing platform tailored to local needs, capacities, and networks for participatory global risk governance. Our innovative geospatial application processes crowd-sourced and scientific information to provide a comprehensive overview of ongoing emergencies, hazards, needs, and provision of support. Thereby, Homa Reto encourages data-critical and democratized humanitarian aid, decision-making, and evaluation processes.

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