ActivityInfo Authentication for UN Partners

This article is intended for IT administrators working in NGOs or other organizations that partner with the UN or otherwise participate in humanitarian or refugee response plans.

ActivityInfo is a database platform widely used by the United Nations, including OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, and other UN agencies, to support their role in humanitarian coordination. More than 40,000 humanitarian professionals log into ActivityInfo every year.

If your NGO provides humanitarian relief, your staff are likely to logging in regularly to ActivityInfo to report on your organization’s activities, or to share needs assessments.

To help keep the accounts of partners secure, ActivityInfo works with UN partners to implement Single-Sign On (SSO). This is important for a number of reasons:

  • Users are more likely to select weak passwords for extra applications, compared to their work account. (Even when complexity rules are applied)
  • You can enforce two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA) where appropriate
  • When employees leave the organization, they automatically lose access to ActivityInfo databases

ActivityInfo supports integration with your organization’s through the OpenID connect protocol. Follow the instructions for your organization’s directory provider:

Once you have verified that SSO is properly authorized by your directory, contact to request a domain policy for your organization’s email domains.

A domain policy will require any user with your organization’s domain, current or future, to log in through your organization’s directory.

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