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In this fascinating article, Namutebi analyses the experiences of widows in Northern Uganda using data from local ‘Specialised, In-Depth Information and Newsletters’ (SIDINL).

These micro-humanitarian networks enable widows to share their stories, access support, and engage in a communal healing process, and showcase the use of a culturally sensitive and community-based humanitarian approach that addresses the unique challenges of this local context. 

Namutebi’s paper highlights the need for tailor-made interventions that address the diverse difficulties faced by people requiring humanitarian assistance and spotlights the potential of interpersonal digital platforms to bridge gaps between local experiences and global humanitarian efforts, capturing more nuanced, timely, and detailed data, and enabling the design of empowering and effective humanitarian support programs that combine in-situ knowledge with broader humanitarian strategies.