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Background

In 2014, we began working with the Carter Center’s Syria Conflict Mapping Project to build a living database that reflects the evolution of the conflict and humanitarian needs. In 2015, we worked with the Carter Center and key partners such as the global organization Mercy Corps to deploy a data-driven early warning system that provides alerts for areas that appear to be at risk of escalating violence and projections on humanitarian impact such as internally displaced people and their needs.

This year

This year, we expanded our work on the Syrian crisis by partnering with Mercy Corps to help ensure that aid safely reaches the communities that need it most. Mercy Corps uses Palantir to analyze previously siloed data, including market prices, conflict incidents, population movements, humanitarian assessments, and more, allowing for:

  • Data-driven early warning for areas that appear to be at risk of escalating violence
  • Tailoring and prioritizing humanitarian aid convoys for the communities in greatest need
  • Making daily routing decisions for convoys delivering aid in unpredictable conflict areas

During the six years of this conflict, our team has witnessed a constellation of security incidents, humanitarian needs, and indicators that help us forecast what is to come. Palantir has helped us categorize, make sense, and understand this vast volume of data to respond better to humanitarian needs. This makes us more effective, efficient with the dollar, and responsible to people in need.

— Peter Luskin, Humanitarian Access Team Lead, Mercy Corps

In 2017, we will be working to ensure that Mercy Corps, the Carter Center, and their partner NGOs operating in Syria benefit from a data-driven approach that allows for humanitarian aid to be delivered more effectively, proactively, and safely.

Photo credit: Sean Sheridan for Mercy Corps