100 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts in Disaster Relief & Development

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 @WFP (United Nations World Food Programme), @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

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

# Name Account Handle Tweets Followers Joined  
1 UNICEF @UNICEF 32,900 6,160,000 2009
2 American Red Cross @RedCross 5,203 4,700,000 2007
3 Save the Children US @SavetheChildren 24,100 2,820,000 2008
4 World Bank @WorldBank 32,100 2,420,000 2009
5 UN Refugee Agency @Refugees 42,600 2,160,000 2008
6 ICRC @ICRC 10,400 1,960,000 2009
7 CDC Emergency @CDCEmergency 5,960 1,860,000 2009
8 World Food Programme @WFP 26,000 1,460,000 2009
9 The Voice of America @VOANews 82,200 1,310,000 2008
10 World Vision @WorldVision 5,264 1,190,000 2008
11 UNDP @UNDP 49,900 1,130,000 2009
12 Doctors Without Borders @MSF_USA 20,800 955,000 2008
13 Samaritan's Purse @SamaritansPurse 15,700 877,000 2009
14 NonprofitOrgs @NonprofitOrgs 19,600 849,000 2008
15 Oxfam International @Oxfam 35,500 828,000 2011
16 Uday Foundation @udayfoundation 2,961 655,000 2009
17 FEMA @fema 12,300 628,000 2008
18 UN Spokesperson @UN_Spokesperson 15,100 440,000 2010
19 UN News Centre @UN_News_Centre 20,400 274,000 2010
20 DFID @DFID_UK 18,000 261,000 2009
21 UNOCHA @UNOCHA 18,400 236,000 2009
22 Global Development @GdnDevelopment 25,400 218,000 2010
23 Helen Clark @HelenClarkNZ 40,800 153,000 2010
24 AfDB_Group @AfDB_Group 8,879 143,000 2009
25 Readygov @Readygov 5,153 135,000 2008
26 Rockefeller Foundation @RockefellerFdn 17,300 135,000 2010
27 Antonio Guterres @antonioguterres 85 114,000 2016
28 Disaster Operations @NDOCKenya 3,122 96,500 2001
29 The Overseas Development Institute @ODIdev 13,800 94,400 2009
30 ReliefWeb @reliefweb 17,400 91,500 2009
31 Christian Aid @christian_aid 27,800 83,700 2009
32 WaterAID UK @WaterAidUK 22,600 70,800 2008
33 IRIN News @irinnews 36,800 70,400 2008
34 ASEAN @ASEAN 6,186 70,300 2010
35 Devex @devex 37,000 68,900 2010
36 Catholic Relief @CatholicRelief 13,900 67,200 2008
37 100 Resilient Cities @100ResCities 3,466 66,300 2014
38 Music for Relief @MusicForRelief 6,324 64,200 2008
39 OECD Development Center @OECD_Centre 10,600 62,300 2008
40 BBC Media Action @bbcmediaaction 5,498 61,400 2009
41 Ludo Bok @ludobok 5,432 57,700 2011
42 EU Humanitarian Aid @eu_echo 26,800 50,600 2012
43 Development Pros @GuardianGDP 43,500 49,600 2012
44 UNISDR @unisdr 9,498 49,100 2009
45 NDMA India @ndmaindia 8,797 42,600 2014
46 Action Aid UK @ActionAidUK 23,400 42,100 2008
47 WaterAid America @WaterAidAmerica 7,521 31,500 2009
48 Aid News @AidNews 307,000 31,400 2009
49 Agenda4Humanity @agenda4humanity 10,200 30,300 2014
50 Thomas Reuters Foundation @TR_Foundation 37,800 29,500 2011
51 DEC @decappeal 13,000 27,200 2009
52 NDRF @NDRFHQ 2,142 24,800 2014
53 Humanitarian Academy @AcademyHum 1,385 23,100 2015
54 Shelter Box @ShelterBox 5,332 19,700 2009
55 Development Gatewat @DGateway 12,900 19,600 2009
56 Kuldip Nar @kuldipnar 3,675 18,400 2008
57 IAEM @iaem 5,979 17,200 2008
58 TechChange @TechChange 27,200 16,200 2010
59 Deliver2030 @deliver203 6,106 16,100 2012
60 Action Against Hunger @ACF_UK 16,700 13,700 2009
61 GSMA Mobile4Dev @GSMAm4d 7,600 12,800 2012
62 GE Foundation @GE_Foundation 5,457 10,900 2014
63 Irish Aid @Irish_Aid 5,596 10,900 2009
64 Episocpal Relief @EpiscopalRelief 7,795 10,500 2008
65 NDPTC @DisasterCTR 4,009 9,759 2010
66 Humanity Road @HumanityRoad 50,200 9,469 2010
67 Christain Aid Global @CA_global 14,800 8,253 2010
68 Caroline Kende-Robb @CarolineKende 6,927 8,212 2011
69 Avril Benoit @avrilbenoit 4,712 7,872 2009
70 International Medical Corps UK @IMC_UK 8,424 7,713 2012
71 MapAction @mapaction 3,318 7,665 2009
72 IATI @IATI_aid 3,864 6,055 2011
73 NetHope @NetHope_org 4,726 5,604 2008
74 Nardos Bekele-Thomas @unnardos 1,176 5,212 2013
75 Sustainability Agenda @sustain_agenda 4,858 5,157 2016
76 Global Impact @charitydotorg 13,100 4,719 2010
77 UK Resilience @UKResilience 1,025 4,707 2012
78 Sara Pantuliano @SaraPantuliano 3,374 4,535 2010
79 Operation USA @OperationUSA 6,250 4,379 2008
80 Plan International Asia @PlanAsia 14,300 4,260 2009
81 TTC Mobile @TTC_Mobile 5,240 4,252 2009
82 Aid Worker Daily @aidworkerdaily 3,000 4,116 2008
83 CHS Alliance @CHS_Alliance 2,176 4,068 2008
84 Disaster Tech Lab @DisasterTechLab 5,730 3,758 2012
85 Margareta Wahlstrom @WahlstromM 367 3,726 2011
86 Jo Scheuer @ScheuerJo 8,510 3,688 2013
87 Evidence Aid @EvidenceAid 12,400 2,868 2004
88 Tom Jackson @tomjacksonca 684 2,717 2011
89 WFP Disaster Alerts @WFP_ADAM 170 2,697 2014
90 Robert Glasser @RobertGlasserUN 938 2,518 2016
91 Irwin Redlener, MD @IrwinRedlenerMD 2,601 2,300 2010
92 ICNA Relief USA @ICNARelief 2,598 2,192 2009
93 High Tech Humanitarian @HumanTechRev 4,280 1,553 2015
94 Scott Jackson @jacksonscott3 1,141 1,163 2011
95 ETCluster @Itresponse 2,725 1,152 2010
96 Manu Gupta @manugupta2412 2,223 1,057 2009
97 Tyler Radford @TylerSRadford 985 1,045 2014
98 Butyl Products Limited @AID_Butyl_Tweet 449 498 2011
99 TSF International @TSF_Intl 313 326 2015
100 Disaster Medics @DisasterMedics 225 240 2014

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