Archived Webinar

Informing Disaster Management through Human Mobility Data: A Case Study and Toolkit

"DT4D 1.0 winning project shows through a case study of the 2017 Puebla earthquake in Mexico, key use cases for human mobility data to inform disaster preparedness and response."

Mobile phone data helped targeted life-saving aid and reconstruction expenditure after the Haiti and Nepal earthquakes of 2010 and 2015, but until recently remained hard to access and provided limited spatial resolution. 

However, WB teams can now request GPS-accuracy mobility datasets from Cuebiq and Unacast through Development Data Partnership - opening new opportunities to provide operational insights to clients.

Through a case study of the 2017 Puebla earthquake in Mexico, this Webinar demonstrates key use cases for human mobility data to inform disaster preparedness and response. These include analyzing baseline mobility patterns within a city; estimating the length and duration of post-disaster displacement; and analyzing recovery trends of rich vs. poor areas. The World Bank presents an open-source code toolkit (MobilKit) to produce these metrics across other regions and disaster events at a low cost.

About the Presenters

Ayaz Parvez

Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank

Ayaz Parvez is a Senior Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist within the Africa Region DRM Team of the World Bank’s Global Practice on Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience (GSURR) since 2015. Ayaz is a seasoned practitioner in the conduct of post-disaster and post-crisis needs assessments, and also in the design and implementation of disaster and crisis recovery projects. Ayaz is currently leading the Bank’s two drought and flood recovery projects in Malawi, and a post-crisis recovery project in Nigeria. He is also currently preparing a new Bank project on drought recovery in Somalia. Previously, Ayaz worked with the Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) in its Resilient Recovery Team. He brings in many years of specialist operational experience from post-disaster recovery operations of the World Bank from various regions. Ayaz led GFDRR’s global flagship initiatives on disaster recovery, including a Global Guide for Developing Disaster Recovery Frameworks, and the report on “Resilient Recovery: An Imperative for Sustainable Development”. Both products were launched at the Sendai WCDRR in March 2015. Ayaz Parvez also routinely conducted trainings in post-disaster need assessment and recovery planning. Ayaz has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

Nicholas K.W. Jones

Data Scientist, World Bank

Nicholas Jones is a Data Scientist in the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), where he focuses on climate-resilient development. Nick joined the World Bank in 2011. In his last posting as World Bank liaison to the UN in New York, he helped to develop and launch two regional initiatives to build resilience in the Sahel and Horn of Africa. He has also worked extensively on climate change issues, including building a global coalition around carbon pricing and strengthening responses to the challenges faced by the Small Island States. Nick works on developing and implementing programs to build resilience to climate change, including in the Small Island States Resilience Initiative. Before joining the World Bank, he was head of South and Southeast Asia analysis at the research firm Oxford Analytica. He studied history and public policy at Cambridge University and the University of London.

Takahiro Yabe

Consultant, World Bank

Takahiro Yabe is a Data Science Consultant for the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and Transport Global Practice at The World Bank, working on big mobility data analytics for urban development, disaster risk management, and transportation modeling. His research interests including urban disaster resilience modeling, geospatial big data analytics, and geospatial-AI, and using these techniques for urban policy applications.

Questions Submitted


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Mahaman Mourtala

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jose luis

- Apr 27, 2021
la gestión de desastres a través de datos de movilidad humana sirven para para informar la preparación y respuesta ante desastres. Estos incluyen el análisis de patrones de movilidad de referencia dentro de una ciudad; estimar la duración y duración del desplazamiento posterior a un desastre

Mohammad Nadir

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Mohammad Nadir

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