The Mission of the Sahana Software Foundation is to help alleviate human suffering by giving emergency managers, disaster response professionals and communities access to the information that they need to better prepare for and respond to disasters through the development and promotion of free and open source software and open standards.
The Sahana Software Foundation, a 501[c] non-profit organization, was established in 2009 to serve the needs and requirements of a diverse group of customers:
Our Vision is to build and sustain a global open and collaborative community of contributors to information and communications technologies for disaster management, in order to:
In order to fulfill its mission and vision, the following Objectives guide Foundation activities:
Please visit the Foundation wiki for more information about the Sahana Software Foundation organization, governance, board, members, licenses and projects.
All important meetings and events are recorded on the Sahana Meeting Calendar - which is a shared Google calendar that may be linked to your existing calendar through the following links:
If you need access to the Sahana Meeting Calendar to add/edit events, please e-mail admin at sahanafoundation dot org.
Sahana is a web-based disaster management application that provides management solutions, focusing on large-scale humanitarian disasters. It enables enhanced coordination by promoting integrated information gathering. It assists collaboration by providing a number of communication mechanisms in the aftermath of a disasters. Sahana is built from free and open source software and released under OSI licenses, which means all users are free to download and use it (and are even free to create commercial derivatives of it).
Sahana functions both online as well as a stand alone tool for disaster management, depending on the operational considerations. Users can access it via their local machine, from within the network, as part of a corporate intranet or anywhere in world via the Internet. This means it can be installed on a laptop, for workers in the field and at a central command center for overall coordination. When machines are linked, all information can be synchronised, via USB, CD-R the LAN or the Internet.
Sahana's strength is also in its track record being deployed for disasters around the world. Known deployments of Sahana include those for the governments of Pakistan, Philippines, Peru, America, and Bangladesh. The full list of Sahana deployments and pre-deployments highlights how a community of partners can work to deliver the Sahana solution at a time of need.