Your organization collects data every time a team goes to the field, but is this data fully utilized, or is it lost within a PDF document? Would you like to visualize your NGO’s core information on a map in order to get a better sense of where the needs are and, therefore, to plan your activities accordingly? Do you want to implement a new activity but only have the name of the village and are unsure where that village is?
The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” could not apply better than to GIS applications: using a map, you can visualize at a glance where needs are and where resources are, and then to analyse how best to link the two. Having a geographic overview of a situation can dramatically improve evidence-based decision-making. From printed base maps (where infrastructure data provides a good overview of a region) to sector-specific dynamic maps (to quickly visualize the evolution of a situation through time), geographic information is vital for a good understanding of a situation. In order to be able to produce maps, you need to find the existing geographic data and ensure your sector data is in a usable format. You also need to conduct analysis relevant to each sector. A GIS strategy allows you to define standard procedures that optimize workflow and ensure that GIS products reach the people who require the information. CartONG assists humanitarian organizations in their GIS work with any or all of these steps.
Learn more about how CartONG can help you with your GIS and mapping projects below:
MSF Switzerland initiated in 2012 a reflection on the value of GIS in their operations. The last quarter of 2013 saw the beginning of a strong collaboration between MSF-CH and CartONG. We support MSF-CH in defining their needs and are putting into place the first 2-years plan GIS strategy.Read more »
CartONG has deployed numerous times to Terre des hommes delegations to give trainings and help with the general capacity building of national and international staff in the field on information management, mobile data collection and geographical information systems.
Following the first strategy of 2013-2015, CartONG worked together with MSF Switzerland in defining the evolution of GIS in MSF-CH to support the movement for the period of 2016-2019.
CartONG implements camp mapping together with UNHCR FICCS unit by deploying a user-friendly smartphone application for data collection and maintenance and store all collected information online in versatile web maps accessible to all actors in need of it. Already covered camps are accessible in the webmap section of the map portal (maps.unhcr.org)
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CartONG is implementing a map portal for UNHCR. This portal is a repository of all pdf maps produced by UNHCR and in the future partners as well. Other mapping products such as webmaps are also available through the map portal and users can request new mapping products through the portal as well.
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From installing and maintaining their ArcGIS servers to supporting modifications to database structure and enriching the database with new layers and linking to external databases, CartONG supports UNHCR in structuring their GIS webservices. CartONG also participates to the discussions in how GIS should evolve in UNHCR in the future.
Our staff worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Uganda, doing creation and maintenance of return monitoring database, collection and compilation of GPS coordinates, production of maps, and capacity building of local staff.Read more »
CartONG produced maps as well as maintained spatial data, especially for emergency missions but also for general operational needs.
During the Arab Spring, there were a strong need of geographic information concerning some countries. CartONG answered to this demand by working with the World Food Program (WFP) in Roma for the LogCluster (and by helping to build and maintain geographic databases.
It was mainly about transport infrastructure (roads, harbours, repositories, supply paths…). Every map has been made available for free. However, at the end of the agreement, CartONG’s staff was swallowed by the WFP.
A second mission in Liberia, on the field this time, has consisted in creating and maintaining a database specifically concerning roads state to make the delivery of help easier during troubles in Ivory Coast (that brought about mass movements of populations towards Liberia).
For the Acted project (and UNOSAT REACH), CartONG’s field work was meant to build and update the Misrata and Benghazi infrastructures geodatabase thanks to satellite imagery.
The project consisted also in capacity building with training of local technicians.