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 objective of the project was to introduce and present GIS tools in an humanitarian context, and to analyze the needs and capacities of Groupe URD, in order to ass which could be the inputs of geomatic technologies in the Groupe URD, and how CartONG could implement them.
OpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia of maps, is a powerful tool to support local development and improve community resilience in case of crisis.
Many programs have implemented blanket supplementary feeding activities which often consist of several distributions per day. This is demanding in resources and difficult to ensure that every child has equal access to the program. UNHCR and Partners are interested in piloting monitoring programs in a refugee camps to analyze how well the intended food distributions are reaching the target groups. In most operations the food distribution has been monitored on paper based lists which is time consuming and difficult to use for analysis.
Eradicating poverty is hampered by unreliable or non-existent data and the lack of skills and incentives to use it. The Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) addresses this challenge by improving the effective use of data, filling key data gaps, harmonizing data specifications and architectures, expanding data literacy and capacity, increasing openness and leverage of existing data and mobilizing political will and resources.
CartONG provided technical support in mapping and mobile data collection to the the local NGO YAAM Solidarité (association specialized in habitat reconstruction using local materials) as part of an urban improvement project in Boassa - an informal urban located on the outskirts of Ouagadougou.
Our technical support consisted of 2 main phases:
1- creating a basic map of the area using the OpenStreetMap platform and crowd sourcing
In 2014, CartONG lead a participatory mapping project, based on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, in Haiti. In this country, struck by natural disasters in 2010 and 2012, the use of drones is a way to tackle the issue of mapping differently. In association with the OSM communities in Haiti the collected data is later used during carto-parties.
The overall aim is to serve the pilot project with World Diabetes Foundation, and International Media Support in Kenya using diabetes awareness and communications as a theme to focus humanitarian and health reporting in Kenya.
CartONG set up and has been managing since 2015 a community of Terre des hommes users on data collection and analysis, using Slack as a tool.
With funding from the Digital Square program of PATH, CartONG has collaborated with the Global Healthsites mapping project to test the new features of the platform, which aims at sharing open data on heath facilities via OpenStreetMap. To do so, CartONG has implemented a field mission in Senegal together with the company Geomatica and the local OpenStreetMap community to survey exhaustively all the facilities in the Saint-Louis département.
Compilation, analysis and mapping of data In Indonesia provided by the ShelterCluster as a volunteer project.
CartONG has helped Tdh to support its field teams through the development of tutorials and tools to help improve the data protection practices in the field.
CartONG provided support for Rongead as part of a call for projects with the Fondation de France for the structuring of data linked to producers and to the promotion of the cashew nut in the Ivory Coast.
Collaborative database project that lists the websites on which we can find mobilisable data for emergency mapping. A first prototype developed by a team of the SIGATMasters, helped by a web developer, can be found here:http://datasources.cartong.org/.
This project's aim is to develop an interactive mapping of the initiatives of of the County Council of Ile et Vilaine and other international solidarity organizations in the region of Mopti ( Mali ) in different fields. The map will be a tool for associations and NGOs, to enjoy better visibility of actions carried out by associations and NGOs of international solidarity, for a better coordination between them.
The RESILAC (Inclusive Economic and Social Recovery of Lake Chad) project and consortium identified during its start-up phase the need to improve the management of its information (also called Information Management or IM). CartONG is supporting Groupe URD in charge of the operational M&E system (système de suivi et d'évaluation des réalisations) on the information management component.
To this end, CartONG :
CartONG was activated twice in 2017 by ICRC to support them by generating data in OpenStreetMap and preparing databases that were then exploited by the ICRC Water & Sanitation teams to plan their operations.
Aujourd’hui, et ce malgré la multiplication des projets cartographiques visant au recensement des services d’aide aux personnes migrantes au niveau régional et/ou national, les lieux où l’aide est délivrée sont encore peu visibles, de sorte que les bénéficiaires qui en expriment le besoin, migrants ou institutions relais, n’en ont pas nécessairement connaissance. L’objectif de ce projet est de réaliser un état des lieux des services d’aide aux personnes migrantes en France en vue d'un potentiel développement d'outils cartographiques.
CartONG has been helping Tdh with compiling documentation on Mobile Data Collection and Information Management more generally to help field teams use it in the most effective manner. Since January 2018, the documentation has progressively been made public on the MDC Toolkit website to help other organizations that might find it useful. A special highlight is the Data Visualization Toolkit available on: https://www.mdc-toolkit.org/analyse-your-data/
Production of free E-Learning Training Modules for NGOs and Grassroot organisations that are interested in conducting the REDD process in a participatory fashion.
All available radio stations were mapped on Google spreadsheets to allow collaborative mapping and updating of status. Data was obtained through online data mining and operational partners and feedback through them.
All available radio stations were mapped on Google spreadsheets to allow collaborative mapping and updating of status. Data was obtained through online data mining and operational partners and feedback through them. A Needs assessment, available in English and French was mapped as kml as well.
« Educ'AuRA: objective 2030 » is a project implemented in partnership with the association “Les Petits Débrouillards” aimed at raising awareness among the citizens of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and to encourage them to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. A total of 11 SDGs are to be addressed through various activities across the region.
A CartONG staff member (having completed the Operational Data Management Learning Program as well as the Emergency Information Management Training) was deployed in emergency to Beirut, Lebanon, as Regional Information Manager for the United Nations' High Commissionner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Direct GIS support has been provided for MSF in 2014-2015. First deployments were to support their Ebola response in the 3 most affected countries. As GIS gained in popularity within the movement, more GIS missions were requested, for other epidemics such as Measles, Dengue, etc.
Since May 2017, CartONG has been working in support of a new partner, ACAPS. ACAPS is an independent humanitarian information provider which supports the aid community by providing up-to-date data on key crises around the world. In the event of a crisis, the analysis and information work carried out by ACAPS allows humanitarian, as well as local and national actors, to better understand and consequently better respond to the needs of the affected population. As part of this mission, ACAPS regularly issues bulletins called "Briefing Notes" containing situation maps.
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.
CartONG did an evaluation of the mapping and database needs of the permanent secretariat for NGOs (SPONG) of Central African Republic, on behalf of the Bioforce training institute. This project aimed at producing an assessment report which included a needs assessment, analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the current system in place at the SPONG, secondary data mining, technical scenario options, and a capacity building plan. Two maps were also produced to support the SPONG.
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.
This project included both the elaboration of Geotagging guideline and Powerpoint map packs for the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) headquarters.
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.
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.
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.
In 2018, CartONG was activated to support the GIS team of ICRC for a few months, working on 4 different projects.
GoogleREDD is a project run by CartONG and GIZ in Vietnam investigating sustainable forest management options for ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands region in the context of the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests in Developing countries programme.
CartONG - building on the work done for Tdh on the evaluation of case management for child protection tools - helped Handicap International over a few days in 2017 by giving them an overview of the MDC solutions that could correspond to their needs for case management and helping them think through their strategy on the subject.
Following that work, CartONG conducted in 2018 a benchmarking of two case management tools to help Handicap International's HQ team in their comparison of SurveyCTO and Survey123 for different case management needs.
Since 2007, CartONG have intervened 4 times from 1 to 5 days each time to train Solidarités International staff on Mobile Data Collection or Geographical Information Systems.
For instance, in 2017, we intervened at Solidarités International’s field technical coordinators’ week during one day to raise awareness on the use of Geographical Information Systems.
Production of screencasts explaining the use of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Geoportal for non-technical staff.
Dans la cadre d’un projet de lutte contre la déforestation en Côte d’Ivoire, CartONG a été financé par l’AFD pour mettre en œuvre un outil de suivi des parcelles forestières et agricoles des bénéficiaires de NITIDÆ (ex-Rongead/EtcTerra) dans la région de la Mé.
This project helped ACF-US and governmental partners to set up and maintain over time the Water Information Management System of South Sudan. The solution chosen to ensure than field teams could update the information on a regular basis was Akvo Flow.
At the end of the project, an Aweil East State Water Points Functionality Map was also published.
CartONG is implementing a Map Portal for UNHCR. Thisportal is a repository of all pdf mapsproduced by UNHCR and in the future partners as well. Othermappingproductssuch as webmaps are alsoavailablethrough the map portal and users can request new mappingproductsthrough 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.
In 2018, CartONG continued to maintain the tool.
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.
CartONG supported the Cash Consortium Irak (CCI) in improving and streamlining its data collection, management and visualisation systems. CartONG evaluated each partner's needs, helped to choose the most relevant tool to be used by all partners and accompanied the consortium to adopt the tool (SurveyCTO was the chosen tool).
In 2018, CartONG conducted two challenging Information Management (IM) needs assessment missions, during which we evaluated the IM policies, processes, practices and tools implemented by the Solidarités International’s teams in response to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh as well as the Syrian crisis.
These one day seminars organised twice a year correspond to a community of practises composed of medium-sized NGOs that meet to exchange on information management practises, tools and methodologies. 13 NGOs are part of this community at this date.
CartONG provided various Information Management support to Action Contre la Faim France in 2018. Our main support was dedicated to their Afghanistan mission where we deployed an expert for 3 weeks in October. The mission aimed at providing Information Management support to the team based in Kabul regarding digitization of some nutrition processes, data visualization with Business Intelligence tools, training sessions on various tools (Excel, Kobo, Sphinx and Power BI) and support on their data protection practices.
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.
A total of 8 regional CartONG trainings have been organized between 2015 and 2017, with a total of 74 participants and 23 countries trained on MDC throughout Tdh’s main intervention zones, with a number also trained on Information Management more widely.
Following a full bidding process, CartONG was one of the organizations (including iMMAP and MapAction) to be retained by the UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office, setting the framework to be deployed in the WCARO region to support UNICEF country operations in Information Management and Mapping.
In June 2016, following a second bidding process, CartONG was one of the organizations (including iMMAP and MapAction) to be retained by the UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office, setting the framework to be deployed in the WCARO region to support UNICEF country operations in Information Management and Mapping.
MAMAPA - Mannheimer Mapathons (Germany) - launched by a member of our Board, began its activity on January 2018, and was officially registered in Germany on August 2018 as a charitable, non-profit association.
Assisting the project to map the refugee camps of the north of France (Calais, Dunkerque) organised by the HOT volunteers. The aim is to map these camps with and for their inhabitants, to imprve their living conditions but also with a logic of education and social bond.
The mission consistent in the production of maps as well as maintenance of spatial data especially for disaster preparedness but also general operational needs for the International Organizations of Migrations (IOM) in Haiti.
Data mining, compiling and editing geographic data in an urban context to map the extent and service locations of the urban refugee population.
Chronologically, mapping support allows us to overcome exponential needs in data management and geolocation skills. CartONG supported UNOSAT (the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Programme, section of UNITAR, the UN's training organization) in the primary analysis of damage from Satellite imagery.
"Maps from here & abroad" aims to foster the social inclusion of the migrant population in France through two main kinds of activities: participatory mapping on OSM during mapathons, and sensitive mapping workshops, meaning the freehand drawing of maps based on the affect one has for a space.
In 2018, a one-day awareness raising session was organized for AFD's Evaluation and Capitalisation division and Crisis and Conflict division on Mobile Data Collection. The session covered both an overview of the tools available and examples of the different types of use cases, but also a presentation of all the stakes that mobile data collection can represent in the development sector.
Since March 2018, CartONG has been providing support to the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS) of UNHCR, in particular for its Livelihoods and Energy programs.
Remote support to humanitarian organizations in the field via mapathons in France and nearby countries.
Linking communities to Mine Action – strengthening community liaison through digital platforms.
The objective of the baseline assessment is to ensure a strong understanding and analysis of the existing needs, capacities and practices, which will inform the development of uses cases and the subsequent development of the web portal and SMS service.
CartONG intervenes every year in different Bioforce Institute trainings (in particular project managers, WASH coordinators and Logisticians) in Lyon to heighten awareness on the uses a good mobile data collection and mapping can bring. These trainings are 1 to 2 days long.
In 2015-6 we conducted two trainings for IPIS, one on Mobile Data Collection and geodatabase management (5 days) and one on ArcGIS server (5 days) for their HQ staff in Antwerp.
The REACH initiative aims to improve data quality in surveys, and has been implemented by ACTED. This project consisted of the second phase of the BRACE survey on Android phones, with CartONG's support through trainings for local staff in South Sudan.
CartONG has been supporting nutrition surveys for Terre des Hommes-Suisse since 2013: CartONG helped TdH to switch to mobile data collection- during the first deployments our team coded the questionnaires, set up all the smartphones and trained the NGO’s local staff to use the tools. The last mission there was to train the Monitoring & Evaluation staff to conceive and encode forms as well as to analyse the data independently, with no in-country support.
CartONG has been supporting Solidarités International delegations since 2015 with a hotline helping operations under 24h with their conception dilemmas, their choice of tools or their MDC strategy
A remote support hotline for all Tdh delegations has been operational since 2016 so that any staff can ask for remote support from CartONG on mobile data collection (encoding issues, choice of tools, validation of a form before deployment, etc.). The hotline is a very well liked tool and has proved to be extremely useful to Tdh delegations. In 2018, for instance, CartONG received 63 hotline activations.
CartONG supports the Public Health Section (PHS) of UNHCR on a number of MDC projects.
Nomad Maps est un projet d’itinérance à vélo de 6 mois sur le thème de la cartographie, mené par l’un des bénévoles de CartONG, Alban Vivert, en Amérique du Sud en 2018. Au cours de son voyage en Colombie, Équateur et Pérou, il a cartographié de grandes superficies sur OSM et les a photographiées sur Mapillary. Il a aussi rencontré les communautés OSM locales et a sensibilisé les habitants rencontrés sur son parcours à la cartographie collaborative (découvrez le film ici).
NOMAD (HumanitariaN Operations Mobile Acquisition of Data) is a project that is co-lead by iMMAP and CartONG. Its goal is to promote the use of mobile data collection by the humanitarian professionals in order to improve their efficiency and their impact.
Profiling and registration with Android smart phones (UNHCR)
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.
CartONG a été sollicité par le Maroni Lab, un laboratoire d’expérimentation urbaine basé à Saint Laurent du Maroni en Guyane, pour l’accompagner à l’animation d’ateliers de cartographie participative avec les habitants de 2 quartiers informels de la ville. L’objectif à travers ces ateliers est de permettre aux habitants des quartiers de devenir acteur du processus de transformation urbaine de leur ville et de l’amélioration de leur cadre de vie.
Since mid of August 2013, thousands of Syrian refugees have crossed the border to find safety and assistance in Kurdistan. Whereas they needed urgently life-saving assistance they also have an high demand of information.
CartONG a réalisé une étude sur les usages des NTIC dans le cadre de micro-projets de développement, comprenant un travail de recherche général sur l'utilisation des NTIC dans le domaine des micro-projets, et également une boite à outils composée de fiches Outils, Méthodes et retours d'expériences à destination des associations de solidarité internationale pour les aider à utiliser ces technologies de manièr
CartONG compiled the Statistical Analysis from data out of the UNHCR Refugee database with graphs and charts as a booklet on all MENA countries with Iraqi refugees.
The support team of the Iraq project of UNHCR needs regular updated information: new refugees arrivals and departures from host country. This information is collected and partly consolidated by UNHCR teams in the Iraq bordering countries (Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran).
CartONG volunteers Remi Corfini (from afar) and Maeve de France (deployed), worked together on a remote sensing analysis (to draft a classification on the location of the cashew nut trees), and associated validation in the field, in Korhogo, in the north of Ivory Coast.
CartONG is part of an initiative whom's aim is to consolidate existing knowledge on the use of drones in humanitarian contexts and to further test, promote and disseminate their appropriate use and best practices among humanitarian organizations and the UN Clusters.
CartONG is participating, on behalf of the French Development Agency, to the scientific impact evaluation of the PRIQH2 project implemented by the Tunisian Rehabilitation and Urban Renovation Agency (ARRU). This evaluation is co-lead by the United Nations University and BJKA consulting. CartONG brings its expertise in GIS and spatial analysis of urban evolution to the table.
CartONG has been supporting the Public Health section of UNHCR since 2012 in the implementation of the SENS nutrition surveys (Standardised Expanded Nutrition Survey). The SENS nutrition surveys of UNHCR are deployed in 100 refugees sites each year, 95% of which are conducted on mobile phones. CartONG continuously works on improving the content of the modules of SENS. In 2017, we reviewed the content of the 6 existing modules, and in creating a new one on demographics, which will be deployed in 2018.
CartONG developed a large part of the mobile and analysis components of FACET, a facility monitoring tool for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in schools (WINS) and in health facilities (WIH).
The tools are based on Kobo/ODK for mobile data collection and on a Power BI dashboard for online visualisation of indicators and an Excel offline dashboard for more advanced analysis.
CartONGimplements site mappingtogetherwithUNHCRFICCS unit by deploying a user-friendlysmartphone application for data collection and maintenance and store all collected information online in versatile web maps accessible to all actors in need of it. Alreadycovered 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.
In 2018, the Site Mapping Application saw improvements oriented towards three main objectives. Firstly, the application went through an in-depth review of its user interface and design, aiming for a simpler and better user experience, as well as reaching full compliance with UNHCR Graphical Chart. Secondly, functionalities focusing on analysis and download of UNHCR’s own data were upgraded and matured. Constant debugging and improved quality control were implemented all throughout the year. The application was also set up to further integrate OpenStreetMap data. For the integration of OSM data, a pilot project focused on five refugee camps in Uganda was conducted to assess the best ways of integrating OSM data into the UNHCR database ; and an additional project focused on importing UNHCR data into OSM. The import was documented in a Wiki. Learn more by reading our 2018 Annual Report.
This activity is to develop the use of mobile technology in surveys and monitoring programs for Public Health Section, especially for the Standard Expanded Nutrition Survey (sens.unhcr.org)
CartONG was appointed by Terre des Hommes to carry out a study on Case Management tools used in the Protection field. CartONG therefore undertook the evaluation of needs (with interviews with Tdh staff and with other NGOs), before testing out a certain number of tools,and working with Tdh on the strategy for the future on these subjects.
CartONG supported CARE's team in Jeremie, Haiti, as part of the "Vil nou pi si pou fanm yo" ("Our city is safer for women") project, an initiative funded by UN Women to identify and map unsafe or high-risk places for gender-based violence in 7 neighborhoods of the city of Jeremie, using a co-construction approach with youth and women communities living in these target districts.
CartONG has been helping Terre des hommes with their Information Management and data collection strategy since 2014, by evaluating tools, compiling studies and benchmarkings (some of which have been released on the CartoBlog), counseling them on how to help the organisation augment its skills and developing training kits and communication documents for its staff, as well as helping with the technical recruitment of IM/MDC staff.
iRHIS (integrated Refugee Health Information System) is an open source tablet and web platform that was developed by GNUCOOP to allow health workers to electronically register and track the health status of refugees in camps, as well as guide UNHCR public health and implementing partners to rapidly detect public health problems and epidemics.
CartONG, through the request of Max Havelaar France, is supporting FairTrade Africa in their implementation of Mobile Data Collection for the follow up of their cocoa cooperatives in Cote d'Ivoire.
CartONG supported Solidarités International with three missions in Mali and Central African Republic on data collection strategy and data management.
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 web-services - 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 produced Base maps and Emergency maps, as well as compiled Geodatabases and Atlases for the International Comittee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters in Geneva.
For SOS Faim, CartONG did a one-week training on MDC in Mali for their field partners working in the agricultural sector.
GIS Training, Quantum GIS and Google Earth
Production of screencasts explaining the use of the UNHCR Geoportal for non-technical staff
La République Centrafricaine connait depuis 2012 une deuxième guerre civile. Le 24 mars 2013 Bangui est prise par la Séléka, il y a alors un regain de tension dans tout le pays. C’est suite à ces évènements qu’a été mis en place en République Centrafricaine le Mécanisme de Réponse Rapide (RRM). Fonctionnant avec des échéances de 6 mois, le 2éme RRM a débuté en avril 2014.
This volunteer project consisted of the creation of KMLs for Caritas' public outreach, presenting all projects in Haiti for easy viewing in Google Earth.
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.
CartONG has created a webmapping application, which articulates various open source solutions to provide the Executive Secretariat of the National Committee for the Fight against AIDS (Comité National de Lutte contre le SIDA, CNLS) a tool showing the interventions made by the civil society to tackle the pandemia in the island since 2013, answering the question "Who does what, where, when and with whom?". The project is supported by UNAIDS in Madagascar and visible here: https://cnlsmadagascar.cartong.org/