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Our team is made up almost exclusively of information management, mobile data collection and mapping experts. Our aim is to put the expertise acquired through our work in the humanitarian and development community at the service of our partners to help them set up projects using these methodologies, or to make existing projects more efficient. We are known, in particular, for the capacity building we develop with partners, to make them as independent as possible in these areas.
Check out our different types of activities here.
Up until a few years back, apart from research and volunteer projects for which we received funding by various donors, we have usually been financed directly by our partners. We have, however, started in the last couple of years to diversify our sources of financing with the aim of being as much as possible at the service of the whole humanitarian and development community. Learn more by checking our Partner with us page.
We are based in Chambéry, France, because it is close to Geneva (and all the international organizations and NGOs based there). It is also the home town of CartONG’s founder.
If you’re interested in our volunteer activities, visit our Get Involved page. A great way is to come to the volunteer and staff Get-Together weekends that we organize twice a year (in the spring and autumn) to meet the team and see how you can put your skills to good use.
You can also decide to become a member (yet again through the Get Involved page) to be informed in more details about our volunteer activities and the Get-Togethers.
CartONG is a non-profit organization: all our income is spent fulfilling our mission or generating security savings to ensure the sustainability of our operations. A detailed breakdown of our expenses can be found in our annual reports, available here.
Our team is based mainly in Chambéry, with a few employees working remotely in France and in other European countries. Our staff also work in the field in support of our partners. Check out this map for the location of our projects. In addition, our volunteers are based in many different places (mostly in France, but also abroad), as you can see on the map located at the bottom of our Meet the team page.
CartONG was founded in 2006 by a small group of humanitarian GIS and information management specialists. It was started because a significant gap in capacity was identified in the humanitarian field concerning information management and how to put to good use all the new ideas, methodologies and digital technologies available so as to improve the impact of projects in the field in favor of vulnerable populations.
CartONG is not a traditional NGO that directly helps vulnerable populations. We are a very specialized "humanitarian-to-humanitarian" organization, which builds on its wide experience with different partners to increase the efficiency of the humanitarian world at large through the use of new information management tools and methodologies. Learn more about what we do here.
Our specialization means we can offer first-class expertise to our partners, as we spend a lot of time on technological watch, benchmarking and trying out new and potentially useful ideas. We promote cooperation between humanitarian and development actors (via the organization of events such as the GeOnG forum, etc.), as well as the sharing of data and tools. Discover our Associative Project to learn more.
We are recognized for the long-term guidance of our partners, to ensure that they become as independent as they wish to be in the new techniques they aspire to implement. CartONG also assists partners to set up required expertise in-house. This can range from helping to devise a strategy and standard operating procedures, to assisting with deployments and giving feedback on recruitment tests. We have our partners' development at heart and will go the extra mile to help them make a difference.
A member does not have to do anything other than subscribe (and/or renew their membership) to show their support for the organization.
A volunteer is expected to take part in one or more projects, depending on their time and personal preferences. Learn more about our volunteer projects by checking out our Volunteering page.
Significant preparation is required to ensure a volunteer can produce a professional-level impact without taking unnecessary risks - not all countries are "safe enough" to send a volunteer on mission. So we rarely send volunteers on mission, it may nonetheless happens for projects related to capacity building on mobile data collection and/or participatory mapping methodologies.
To learn more about our ongoing volunteer projects, check out our Volunteering page.
When they are not testing new tools and equipment, writing tutorials or blog posts (and sometimes editin the FAQs on the website...), our staff spend most of their time providing a technical or methodological support to our partners. They pay a particular attention to capacity building (via trainings, remote support, etc.), and may also be involved with directly implementing information, management, GIS or MDC projects at HQ or in the field.
Most of the technical staff spend between a tenth to a third of their time in the field.
The GeOnG is CartONG’s flagship event. It is a conference dedicated to addressing the issues surrounding data processing in the humanitarian and development sector that we organize every two years. Learn more on the dedicated page. Next edition of the GeOnG forum will be taking place in 2020.
You can find the annual reports on our presentation page.
CartONG supports a wide array of stakeholders including NGOs, international organizations and institutional actors. CartONG also closely works with other H2H nonprofits as well grassroots organizations and local communities. By doing so, we cover a wide range of sectors such as protection, water & sanitation, health, disaster risk reduction or urban development. We work towards improving the lives of vulnerable populations, in particular refugees and communities affected by man-made and natural disasters.
We publish 3 different newsletters at CartONG:
You can contact us through the Contact-us page. We are usually quite responsive ;)