CartONG provides GIS and mapping support to the CCCM (Camp Coordination, Camp Management) unit within the FICSS section at UNHCR.
In 2017, such support involves developing new OPSMAPS and adding new functionalities to existing OPSMAP.
CartONG has been supporting the Public Health section of UNHCR since 2015 for the large-scale deployment of an annually-run Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices survey in 180 refugee camps - helping to define the strategy, with the development of substantial training kits, the encoding of the survey and related analysis tools. Our support also involves field training missions as well as implementation missions.
In 2017, documentation was also published on the subject for the first time on the UNHCR WASH website.
Additionally, CartONG developed in 2016 the WASH KAP Mapper which maps out WASH KAP survey results. In 2017, CartONG continued working and improving the mapper: the mapper was made available online, and and extra features were developed to improve the user experience.
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).
CartONG continuously works on improving the site mapping application. For instance, since 2017, it is possible to view camps that have been mapped in OpenStreetMap and to also open them. Also, the database model was enhanced further after assessing data set compiled by other site mapping actors to boost compatibility of the approach and enhance data interoperability.
Support provided by CartONG may also involves camp mapping missions, such as the one conducted in 2017 in Nepal.
Read more »
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.
In 2017, the UNHCR’s Map Portal was enhanced with more advanced user management as well as the implementation of a resource center. Additionally the design and related css adjusted.
Read more »
Additionally, we also provide support on the implementation of other data collection tools, such as the Medical Referral Database, the Health Access and Utilization Survey, a HIV surveillance module, the FACT or the Balanced Score Card.
CartONG also provides support by issuing benchmarkings (benchmarking of 17 MDC solutions applied to the humanitarian sector, etc.) and other assessments.
From 2002 to 2011, Ivory Cost had faced a political crisis. This crisis has led to massive population displacement inside the country and outside the country. Since the end of the crisis in 2011, refugees and IDP’s are returning in large numbers.
In October 2011, United Nations Secretary-General has selected Ivory Cost as one of the three pilot-countries to test the Solutions Strategy. This project aim is to support voluntary repatriation, sustainable reintegration and assistance to host communities and provide a stable and economical life to these populations. The Coordinateur Résident, in collaboration with Ivory Cost Government, PNUD and UNHCR are in charge to develop the strategy.
In order reach a better understanding of the different populations and their needs, all actors involved in the Solution Strategy have decided to conduct a profiling of those returnees populations in West and South-West parts of Ivory Cost and Abidjan.
Data collection should be conducted in 3 districts, 13 departments and Abidjan through 80 enumerators within 16 teams managed by 7 supervisors and 3 survey managers. Focus Group Discussion will be conducted by 12 facilitators after the quantitative data collection has been completed.
For this project, CartONG supports technically JIPS, UNHCR and INS, (Institut National de la Statistique); the three instances leading the profiling exercise. CartONG coded the questionnaire to be ODK compliant and also trained the staff on data collection as well as Server management for the survey managers.
Preparing some of the 80 smartphones - Training of Supervisors (INS Staff)
The UNHCR Android project provides technical assistance to set up an Android smart phone based survey within a country operation. Topics have been including village profiles, nutrition and other public health related surveys as well as a rapid registration to verify a census of People of Concerns. A new project in 2013 with JIPS (Joint IDP Profiling Service) is looking into Urban Profiling.
The UNHCR Android project is one of CartONG’s key projects. It started in 2010 with two pilots and two different technologies, of which one (ODK- OpenDataKit) was retained for surveys in 2011. Field projects were directly supported in country in 2012 in Rwanda, Kenya (Dadaab, next to the Somali border), Sudan, Lebanon and Djibouti. Remote support was also provided to operations in Liberia and Kenya (Kakuma).
Android phones – which like other smartphones have a GPS, camera, sound and a touch pad, basically function like a mini-computer – are extremely useful tools to collect information and help gain time and money during humanitarian crisis. The 2012 surveys covered topics such as nutrition surveys, shelter assessments and evaluation of workshop events. Shelter assessments were implemented in Lebanon with Shelter Actors during the emergency information management mission. More training with shelter actors was conducted on global level, but did not result in a deployment.
Additionally, the annual UNHCR NGO Consultation event in July was supported by CartONG; and a quick survey with visitors for evaluation purposes was conducted. It was also to demonstrate how fast results can be obtained and processed: from finishing the data collection, the team had 45 min to conduct a fast analysis and show the results to the visitors of the events on a screen.
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 - in particular their Field Information Coordination and Support Section. CartONG also participates to the discussions in how GIS should evolve in UNHCR in the future.
Here are some of the projects we have been working on:
CartONG also supports CCCM within the FICSS section, and also work on benchmarkings, documentations and training materials.