BOA VISTA, BRAZIL: Hunger and fear drove around 700 Warao people to flee Venezuela and seek protection in the Pintolandia shelter.

A new video released by UNHCR presents a new tool of the PRIMES ecosystem, the Rapid Application or RApp, designed to improve the registration process by allowing for the intake of data off-line.

For UNHCR and all humanitarian actors, the quality of protection, assistance and solutions programmes are highly dependent on the accuracy with which persons of concern are identified and their identity data managed.

The main way to achieve these goals is through the registration process. The UN Refugee Agency is now taking advantage of new advances in information technology to modernize its registration systems and is rolling-out RApp, a feature particularly crucial during emergency situations.

“With RApp, we can work off-line, insuring we are reaching our population everywhere, despite of connectivity issues, and we can work much faster” describes Diego Nardi, Registration Associate for UNHCR.

The collected data are then be uploaded into proGres v4, UNHCR central population registry and linked to the other tools of PRIMES, such as biometrics and the various case management modules.

RApp is currently tested in 23 countries and a version for mobile phone is being designed to further enhance UNHCR mobility and reach.

To find out more about UNHCR’s work in responding to the Venezuela situation, click here.