Sahana Research & Action

Sahana Research & Action innovates impact-based tools and implements cost effective solutions addressing disaster and humanitarian management challenges, throughout the world. We use free and open source technologies as well as agile, iterative design approaches. The insights and feedback we generate is used by Sahana's community of software developers and disaster management professionals to make increasingly useful, usable and economical tools for disaster risk reduction and disaster resource management.


Mobile Pictographs for Disaster Communication

Imagery for communicating disaster-related messages to the linguistically challenged (Concept).


Sahana Alert and Messaging Broker (SAMBRO)

Risk-based warning and situation-awareness system build using the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) international standard.



  • "CAP on a Map" project, to improve coastal resilience through a cross-agency situatioanal-awareness platform in Myanmar, Philippines, and Maldives (funded by UNESCAP) [January 2015 - October 2016]
  • ITU CAP Software and Training Module for the International Telecommunication Union Asia Pacific Regional Office to use in promoting the ITU-T X.1303 Common Alerting Protocol warning standard among member States (funded by ITU Bangkok Project Office). [April 2014 - July 2014]

Sahana First Response (coming soon)

Simple Incident management solutions for Emergency Operations Centers.

Additional Areas of Interest

  • Communities of Practice Investigates the use of Technology Stewardship and Communities of Practice approach to fostering acceptable and sustainable National Sahana deployments.
  • Damage and Loss assessment using alternative and unconventional data streams
  • Knowledge Mobilization using digitization, data processing, and information sharing techniques
  • Live-exercises and Simulations that test Disaster ICT interoperability


Our Team

Nuwan Waidyanatha,, Sahana Software Foundation
Lutz Frommberger,, Sahana Software Foundation


Sri Lankan low-literate communities enjoy symbology in disaster communication

In general low-literate community members, in Sri Lanka, struggled with comprehending the Sri Lanka Meteorological Services text bulletins - that ...

Cyber-attacks and Power-failure: Disrupters of ICT use in Warning Dissemination

We have been monitoring the accessibility of the Myanmar and Maldives SAMBRO servers. Our remote server, in Singapore, pings each ...

“Help, Pirates!” – Insights from a Disaster Communication Exercise with Experts

Last year, we approached a group of disaster communication experts at the 2016 CAP Implementation Workshop in Bangkok, about 60 ...

Extending Early Warnings to Linguistically Marginalized Populations

In a work for the World Meteorological Organization, M. Golnaraghi [1] stated that “it is crucial that warning messages are ...

ITU Kaleiderscope best paper awarded to SAMBRO

We presented our paper on the "intricacies of implementing the ITU-T X.1303 recommended warning standard for cross-agency situational-awareness in Myanmar, ...