OpenAid is a turnkey website platform designed and built by international public health and knowledge management experts to help small NGOs and international development projects create cost-effective program-focused websites quickly.
As a Features-based Drupal 7 distribution, OpenAid provides a basic responsive theme and commonly-needed functionality to allow international development organizations and programs to launch new sites without the need for extensive custom development. Organizations and programs with web development resources can also use it as a starting point to build their own custom sites faster, borrowing from the theme and features provided by OpenAid to create their own.
The core features of OpenAid include:
- Customizable home page with prominent image carousel and stream of recent updates
- Multi-author blog
- User profiles
- Project profiles, including geographic and categorical meta data
- Resource library with support for Apache Solr and faceted search
- Partner profiles
- Image galleries
The platform also includes blocks for social media links, a pre-configured WYSIWYG editor and CAPTCHA spam blocker, and other useful supporting features. OpenAid is mobile-friendly out of the box, using responsive design techniques to adapt the design seamlessly for mobile browsers.
OpenAid is the result of work done by the USAID-funded Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, which is led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs (CCP). Its contribution to Drupal.org is sponsored by K4Health and USAID. Initially created to run microsites for K4Health-affiliated projects, the OpenAid distribution is offered for free to benefit the open source community without any further representations or guarantees. Ongoing development and support plans are TBD.