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100 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts in Disaster Relief & Development

  •  June 01, 2017
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The Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) has released a list of leading Twitter accounts in disaster response and development. Inspired by the 9th annual Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit, AIDF’s 100 Must-Follow Twitter List includes influencers, NGOs, UN agencies, foundations, charities and media with highest levels of engagement, number of followers and relevance of tweets to the issues of humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Taking place on 6-7 September in Washington D.C., the Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit is an independent platform uniting humanitarian and development practitioners, policy makers and business leaders to bring disaster resilience and sustainable development the forefront of the global agenda. In addition to panel discussions, there will be keynote presentations and thematic roundtables on disaster management, emergency procurement, health & WASH, humanitarian logistics, ICT & data strategy, partnerships and financial inclusion. Visit http://disaster-relief.aidforum.org to learn more about the conference and to see the full conference agenda!

Amongst the seven UN agencies that made it to the list, the three highest ranked are @UNISDR (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction), @UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and @Refugees (United Nations Refugee Agency).

Fifteen individuals are featured in the list of AIDF 100 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts including Helen Clark (@HelenClarkNZ), Margareta Wahlström (@WahlstromM) and Jo Scheuer (@ScheuerJo). The Voice of America (@VOANews), Guardian’s @GdnDevelopment and @Devex are amongst the leading media and news sites featured, which tweet more than once a day.

The impact of technology on disaster relief and development efforts is evidenced by a number of NGOs advocating use of information and communication technology (ICT) for aid and development. Amongst those who made it to the list are The Economist's @TechChange, Mobile4Dev @GSMAm4d and Development Gateway (@DGateway).

The first list of Top 100 Twitter Accounts in Humanitarian Aid and Development was published in 2015, to view it click here

AIDF brings together senior representatives and advisors from governments, NGOs, UN agencies, development banks, donors, media and the private sector to offer unparalleled opportunities for debate, knowledge exchange and networking. For over 13 years, AIDF has been committed to improving aid and international development through research and high profile events held at the UN and government buildings in Asia, Africa, North America and Europe. Find out more

See who made to the Top 100 Twitter Accounts in Disaster Relief & Development (list is organised by number of followers) 

# Name Account Handle Tweets Following Joined Location
1 UNISDR @unisdr 9,498 47,700,000 2009 Geneva
2 DEC @decappeal 13,000 27,200,000 2009 London
3 UNICEF @UNICEF 32,900 6,090,000 2009 New York
4 American Red Cross @RedCross 5,203 4,480,000 2007 Fairfield, Connecticut
5 Save the Children US @SavetheChildren 24,100 2,710,000 2008 Nairobi
6 World Bank @WorldBank 32,100 2,370,000 2009 120 Countries
7 UN Refugee Agency @Refugees 42,600 2,140,000 2008 Atlanta, Georgia
8 CDC Emergency @CDCEmergency 5,960 1,830,000 2009 Geneva
9 ICRC @ICRC 10,400 1,770,000 2009 Worldwide
10 World Food Programme @WFP 26,000 1,430,000 2009 United States
11 The Voice of America @VOANews 82,200 1,190,000 2008 Federal Way, Washington
12 World Vision @WorldVision 5,264 1,120,000 2008 170 countries
13 UNDP @UNDP 49,900 1,110,000 2009 New York
14 Doctors Without Borders @MSF_USA 20,800 948,000 2008 Worldwide
15 NonprofitOrgs @NonprofitOrgs 19,600 847,000 2008 Oxford, UK
16 Oxfam International @Oxfam 35,500 820,000 2011 Boone, North Carolina
17 Samaritan's Purse @SamaritansPurse 15,700 783,000 2009 United States
18 FEMA @fema 12,300 600,000 2008 India
19 Uday Foundation @udayfoundation 2,961 561,000 2009 New York
20 UN Spokesperson @UN_Spokesperson 15,100 430,000 2010 Worldwide
21 Aid News @AidNews 307,000 307,000 2009 Worldwide
22 UN News Centre @UN_News_Centre 20,400 269,000 2010 London
23 DFID @DFID_UK 18,000 261,000 2009 UK
24 UNOCHA @UNOCHA 18,400 233,000 2009 Worldwide
25 Global Development @GdnDevelopment 25,400 217,000 2010 United Kingdom
26 Helen Clark @HelenClarkNZ 40,800 150,000 2010 New Zealand
27 Readygov @Readygov 5,153 134,000 2008 United States
28 AfDB_Group @AfDB_Group 8,879 134,000 2009  Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
29 Rockefeller Foundation @RockefellerFdn 17,300 133,000 2010 Global
30 Disaster Operations @NDOCKenya 3,122 94,000 2001 Kenya
31 The Overseas Development Institute @ODIdev 13,800 92,900 2009 Kenya
32 Antonio Guterres @antonioguterres 85 90,500 2016 United Kingdom
33 ReliefWeb @reliefweb 17,400 90,400 2009 Bangkok, Nairobi, New York
34 Christian Aid @christian_aid 27,800 83,300 2009 UK and England
35 WaterAID UK @WaterAidUK 22,600 70,200 2008 United Kingdom
36 IRIN News @irinnews 36,800 69,400 2008 Geneva
37 ASEAN @ASEAN 6,186 68,600 2010 Jakarta, Indonesia
38 Devex @devex 37,000 67,600 2010 Worldwide
39 Catholic Relief @CatholicRelief 13,900 66,300 2008  Baltimore, Maryland
40 100 Resilient Cities @100ResCities 3,466 65,000 2014 New York, London, Singapore
41 Music for Relief @MusicForRelief 6,324 63,900 2008 Paris
42 OECD Development Center @OECD_Centre 10,600 61,600 2008 Paris
43 BBC Media Action @bbcmediaaction 5,498 60,700 2009 United Kingdom
44 Ludo Bok @ludobok 5,432 57,900 2011 UK, Germany, Trinidad, Guyana
45 EU Humanitarian Aid @eu_echo 26,800 49,300 2012 Brussels and Worldwide
46 Development Pros @GuardianGDP 43,500 48,800 2012 United Kingdom
47 Action Aid UK @ActionAidUK 23,400 41,700 2008 United Kingdom
48 NDMA India @ndmaindia 8,797 39,000 2014 India
49 WaterAid America @WaterAidAmerica 7,521 31,000 2009 New York
50 Agenda4Humanity @agenda4humanity 10,200 29,900 2014 United Nations
51 Thomas Reuters Foundation @TR_Foundation 37,800 29,000 2011 Worldwide
52 NDRF @NDRFHQ 2,142 21,900 2014 India
53 Shelter Box @ShelterBox 5,332 19,600 2009 Sarasota, Florida
54 Humanitarian Academy @AcademyHum 1,385 18,400 2015 Worldwide
55 Kuldip Nar @kuldipnar 3,675 18,300 2008 Falls Church, Virginia
56 IAEM @iaem 5,979 17,000 2008 Washington, D.C.
57 TechChange @TechChange 27,200 16,100 2010  
58 Deliver2030 @deliver203 6,106 15,900 2012 London
59 Action Against Hunger @ACF_UK 16,700 13,600 2009 Worldwide
60 GSMA Mobile4Dev @GSMAm4d 7,600 12,500 2012 Worldwide
61 Development Gatewat @Dgateway 12,900 12,500 2009 Worldwide
62 GE Foundation @GE_Foundation 5,457 10,800 2014 Ireland
63 Irish Aid @Irish_Aid 5,596 10,600 2009 New York
64 Episocpal Relief @EpiscopalRelief 7,795 10,400 2008 Honolulu, Hawaii
65 NDPTC @DisasterCTR 4,009 9,663 2010 United States
66 Humanity Road @HumanityRoad 50,200 9,420 2010 European Union
67 Christain Aid Global @CA_global 14,800 8,172 2010 Geneva
68 Caroline Kende-Robb @CarolineKende 6,927 7,986 2011 London
69 Avril Benoit @avrilbenoit 4,712 7,836 2009  
70 International Medical Corps UK @IMC_UK 8,424 7,670 2012 180 Countries
71 MapAction @mapaction 3,318 7,610 2009 Washington, D.C.
72 IATI @IATI_aid 3,864 5,973 2011 London
73 NetHope @NetHope_org 4,726 5,495 2008 Alexandria, Virginia
74 GFDRR @GFDRR 408 5,475 2010 Washington D.C.
75 Narod Bekele-Thomas @unnardos 1,176 5,204 2013 London
76 UK Resilience @UKResilience 1,025 4,642 2012 UK
77 Global Impact @charitydotorg 13,100 4,640 2010 Los Angeles
78 Sustainability Agenda @sustain_agenda 4,858 4,634 2016 London
79 Operation USA @OperationUSA 6,250 4,394 2008 Africa, Latin America and Asia
80 Sara Pantuliano @SaraPantuliano 3,374 4,332 2010 Asia
81 TTC Mobile @TTC_Mobile 5,240 4,241 2009 San Francisco
82 Plan International Asia @PlanAsia 14,300 4,181 2009 Worldwide
83 Aid Worker Daily @aidworkerdaily 3,000 4,111 2008 Worldwide
84 CHS Alliance @CHS_Alliance 2,176 3,928 2008  
85 Disaster Tech Lab @DisasterTechLab 5,730 3,714 2012 New York
86 Margareta Wahlstrom @WahlstromM 367 3,698 2011 Oxford, UK
87 Jo Scheuer @ScheuerJo 8,510 3,448 2013 Calgary, AB
88 Evidence Aid @EvidenceAid 12,400 2,819 2004 Worldwide
89 Tom Jackson @tomjacksonca 684 2,576 2011 Geneva
90 WFP Disaster Alerts @WFP_ADAM 170 2,543 2014 New York
91 Robert Glasser @RobertGlasserUN 938 2,338 2016 United States
92 Irwin Redlener, MD @IrwinRedlenerMD 2,601 2,266 2010 New York
93 ICNA Relief USA @ICNARelief 2,598 2,066 2009 New Delhi, India
94 High Tech Humanitarian @HumanTechRev 4,280 1,461 2015 Alexandria, Virginia
95 Scott Jackson @jacksonscott3 1,141 1,131 2011  
96 ETCluster @Itresponse 2,725 1,129 2010 Asia
97 Manu Gupta @manugupta2412 2,223 995 2009 New York
98 Tyler Radford @TylerSRadford 985 628 2014 Pau, France
99 TSF International @TSF_Intl 313 308 2015 London
100 Disaster Medics @DisasterMedics 225 232 2014 New York

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