Today we are introducing a new country page for Colombia on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). The page brings together data on important humanitarian issues and includes an interactive map, topline figures, graphs, and almost 40 datasets, in both Spanish and English, from a number of in-country sources.


The topline figures include the number of internally displaced people, the number of people with access constraints and those affected by natural disasters. These are the main humanitarian planning figures that are used by everyone from the Humanitarian Coordinator to working level staff to focus humanitarian action where it is needed most.

User-Centered Design

We started working with the humanitarian community in Colombia in early 2014 as a pilot location for the HDX platform. Based on previous engagements with colleagues in Bogota, we knew that there was a healthy data sharing culture in place and a willingness to try new approaches to aggregating and analysing data.

In May, the HDX team and colleagues from frog travelled to Bogota and Pasto to understand user needs and share early concepts for the data platform. Through interviews, design sessions and paper prototyping, we came to understand how HDX could support a range of partners with situational awareness and decision making.

Meeting with partners in Colombia to understand user needs for HDX.
Photo credit: Yumi Endo

Next Steps

The Colombia page is our first try at creating what we refer to as feature pages in HDX. These include pages for countries, regions, crises, organizations and topics. We will be adding more country pages in the coming months and we are experimenting with new designs and functionality for organization pages. We will also continue to create crisis pages, like the one we have for Ebola, when needed.

Feedback + Thanks

Let us know if we are on the right track by sending an email to or finding us on Twitter at @humdata. Special thanks to our colleagues in the OCHA Colombia office and the many partners we have worked with to bring this data together in an open and accessible way. We look forward to continued collaboration.

This blog is also available in Spanish.