After ten years of ad hoc collaborations between CartONGand Solidarites International (SI), the two organizations decided to sign a Partnership Agreement to facilitate future activities in the next three years.
The agreement concerns the capacity building of SI teams on Information Management (IM), the running of studies, the provision of strategic advice and technical field support related to Information Management, as well as the development, configuration and deployment of IM tools.
En 2019, CartONG collaborated with ENSG on the production of a Massive Online Open Course on Geomatics & the Humanitarian World, which led to the release of three different videos:
CartONG and Action contre la Faim have signed a partnership agreement of 3 years to further their collaboration. The partnership agreement that will run from 2020 to 2023. It aims to provide ACF's teams with better support in the area of program data management (or Information Management).
CartONG is participating in the "ACTIV ECSI" project, which aims to strengthen the commitment of the Savoie department's inhabitants for a more united and sustainable world by developing innovative ECSI (Education for Citizenship and International Solidarity) actions and tools and new partnerships. The project is jointly carried out by the collective "La Fabrique du vivre ensemble" (of which CartONG is a member) and the FOL Savoie.
In April 2019, the German development agency - GIZ - started implementing a new initiative called “Technology Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural areas of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan”. This project, which is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aims at strengthening adaptation measures to climate change in both countries.
CartONG’s involvement in this larger initiative started in February 2021 following a Grant Agreement with GIZ Tajikistan for a project named “Addressing climate change through participatory mapping: using technology and community-based approaches to support climate change adaptation in rural Tajikistan”. This project aimed at strengthening adaptation measures to climate change based on geographic information and open-source technologies and was conducted in collaboration with the Tajik association Little Earth.
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. TheUNHCR Android projectprovidestechnical assistance to set up an Android smart phone basedsurveywithin a country operation. Field projects were directly supported in country in 2012 in Rwanda, Kenya, Sudan, Lebanon and Djibouti. Remote support was also provided to operations in Liberia and Kenya.
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.
In September 2021, CartONG was asked to support the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) during the course of several months by drafting a set of technical specifications for an application to collect, store and visualize data that meets ICI’s needs. This support also included advising ICI on suitable options to achieve the said objective.
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.
The GPSDD funded project “Building a Data Collaborative” sets out to do so in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Malawi and seeks to enable better targeted action towards reaching the health and WASH SDG targets.
This project will create a Data Collaborative, a semi-formal, long term collaboration, that brings volunteer & technical communities (VTCs) and in particular OpenStreetMap communities, humanitarian and development organizations together with National Statistics Offices, businesses, and other civil society organizations.
In the summer of 2020, CartONG was contacted by ECPM's team to build an interactive web map that would display the status and key statistics on death penalty in each country of the world and help support their advocacy work as the NGO was celebrating its 20th anniversary.
En mars 2020, plusieurs bénévoles de CartONG ont soutenu l'initiative RUSH (Réponse d’Urgence Sociale-Humanitaire) en construisant une carte web permettant faire correspondre les besoins en RH urgents des organisations sociales de la région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes avec les profils des professionnels de l'humanitaire disponibles.
CartONG is supporting the CliMigra_Form program, which is deployed through a partnership between the University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis (France) and the University of Paris Khartoum (Sudan). This project aims to develop training in participatory and citizen inquiry on two topics specific to the Sudanese context: climate and migrations.
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 developed and implemented the communication platform, consisting of web presence, finding service map and the SMS based communication.
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.
CartONG was asked to create a COVID-19 hotline for UNICEF's operations that need support with small aspects that don't fall under a full new contract. This hotline is managed by UNICEF headquarters in New York. A process has been set up to assess if a request from a UNICEF operation would be eligible under the said hotline.
At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, UNHCR sought support from CartONG for the creation of a unique monitoring dashboard.
En 2020, nos bénévoles ont travaillé avec le FORIM afin de créer une carte #DiasporaAgainstCovid sur GoGoCarto. Cette carte permet de valoriser les actions menées par les diasporas en France et à l'étranger pendant la pandémie.
In support of the Federation of Solidarity Actors in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (FAS AuRA), CartONG is working on creating a database that will be used for the design of an online map showcasing existing health services for vulnerable people in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (AuRA) region. The database is meant to aggregate data from several sources, and as part of our support, we are also cleaning existing data and incorporating it into the database.
In May 2020 UNICEF Mexico launched the first activation of the 3-year Long Term Agreement signed with UNICEF HQ, CartONG and MapAction in the second half of 2019. This first activation occurred after UNICEF was approached by the Mexican Ministry of Education to support the creation of a dashboard aiming to display and monitor real-time information on key education indicators on elementary schools at the national level in order to map COVID-19 affectations before the start of the new school year.
Over the summer of 2020, the H2H Network contacted CartONG to discuss how we could support the network’s advocacy work by showcasing the activations it funds, as part of the launch of their new website. We suggested developing a web map that would display both the data about the activations and their location on a world map.
We managed to design a mock-up for the tool, adapt it to the feedback of the partner, integrate it on the website and release it in only 4 weeks. After some last fixing and the writing of the guidance documentation for the H2H Network’s team, the overall request was completed in less than 2 months, and is now routinely used by the H2H Network for all of their activations.
This project is being launched with the support of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), following the PILAEP 2 project (Promotion of Innovative Modalities for Access to Drinking Water), which aims to set up sustainable drinking water supply systems for populations in the suburban districts of Kinshasa and Bas Congo not served by the national water supply authority.
In summer 2019, CartONG conducted a 2-week mission in Senegal to survey exhaustively all the facilities in the Saint-Louis department, present and promote the "data collaborative" approach to local stakeholders and encourage the sharing of health data between these stakeholders (UN agencies, NGOs and government).
Compilation, analysis and mapping of data In Indonesia provided by the ShelterCluster as a volunteer project.
In 2020, CartONG's staff and volunteer teams conducted a wide range of data integration and collection tasks in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is a quick summary of what was undertaken.
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 a 2-day training on "Data protection in humanitarian assistance" to 13 member organizations of the German network of humanitarian and development organizations VENRO. Targetting humanitarian project and programme managers, the goals of the workshop were for the participants to:
As Covid vaccines started to arrive in low- and middle-income COVAX participant countries, successful vaccination programs in those countries were dependent on geographic data to help identify priority population groups and to plan efficient "last mile" vaccine delivery.
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/.
In 2021, CartONG helped Atlas Logistique as part of their SIGNAL project to define the specifications for a geodashboard highlighting the logistics vulnerability index.
In 2021, as part of the ongoing MoU, CartONG extended its support to ACF. CartONG analysed the sand winds that hit Madagascar lately with a much higher impact, supported the emergency desk of ACF to build a ligthweight IM system to provide a quick and generic picture of a state of an emergency, allowing ACF to make informed decision spededily about planning a responde. As part of the projet "Strengthening CSOs' Information Management" project co-funded by AFD, CartONG has been supported by ACF in the development of a data analysis and the Excel toolkit to be published on the Learning Corner.
Thanks to funding from the H2H Network's Get Ready Fund, the latter supported by UK aid from the UK government, CartONG and Groupe URD have developed a combined MEAL and Information Management training offer targeted at humanitarian staff operating in emergency settings. This online training aims at providing the participants needs of field teams to be relevant to the widest audience possible - especially given the COVID-19 pandemic context. The development of the training offer started in late 2020 and was finalized in June 2021.
In 2021, CartONG was selected to develop a custom public webmap on the Elsa platform in order to index all partner associations with whom the different members of the Elsa platform are working. This webmap allows to search for a specific partner association and get additional information about it, as well as access the country forms where partner associations are working.
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.
In 2019, CartONG produced one main story map with 9 individual story maps on 150 slides. In fact, in addition to its annual global report, UNAIDS wanted to create story maps to communicate about particular case studies. The selected case studies highlight programmes and activities around the globe.
In 2021, CartONG was selected to develop a webmap built on ArcGIS Online, to present all the activities (such as the building of wells or infrastructures) that were implemented by Grdr in the South of Mauritania through the DECLIC project.
CartONG helped the Université Côte d'Azur and its network to create a platform mapping the positive impacts of the Covid-19 confinement - in particular, looking at environmental and societal impacts - so as to foster positive changes in France after the end of the crisis.
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. 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. In 2019, CartONG conducted a diagnostic in information management (all combined technologies) in order to formalize the needs of stakeholders, identify existing constraints and opportunities and propose solution scenarios.
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”, it 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. In 2018, we participated to 2 festivals, and organized 4 activities for young audiences, 2 mapathons and 1 conference during the 2018 GeOnG Forum. For the second semester of implementation which took place in 2019, CartONG and Les Petits Débrouillards organized 3 awareness raising sessions, set up a "Resourceful city" ("Cité débrouillarde" in French) for 8 women living in a working-class neighborhood of Clermont Ferrand in order to help them build a shared garden. Both associations also took part in 3 international solidarity festivals in the region, and 2 conference-debates were organized in partnership with the HI Institute on Humanitarian Action.
A CartONG staff member was deployed in emergency in Beirut, Lebanon to help UNHCR staff liaise with their staff and partners on the ground. We also managed a public Web Portal for the Syria Regional Refugee Response where reliable, up-to-date information were shared. CartONG also supported UNHCR in finding the best solutions on reporting and information gathering suitable for the mixed settings.
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.
From May 2017 to December 2019, CartONG worked in support ACAPS by producing a significant number of maps that complement and illustrate ACAPS bulletins by highlighting affected areas, hot spots or key figures of a crisis.
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.
The eSite is designed to serve as a web platform where GIS data can be accessed, explored and analyzed for different refugee and IDP site planning purposes. The resulting map products are easily deployable and shareable through the platform. CartONG's staff team has been working on this platform since early 2018.
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.
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 GDS section at UNHCR.
CartONG supported Handicap International (HI) from 2019 to 2020 on a GIS assessment and initial support to launch their GIS strategy as well as on the development of an internal dashboard to support HI in the adaptation of their operations to the Covid-19 crisis.
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. The strategy was extended into 2020 for a fifth year, in the context of the GeoMSF program and of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As part of the 2016-2019 strategy, CartONG acts as technical partner and, to this end, provides support in mapping & GIS through the MSF GIS Unit, as well as in mobile data collection (MDC) and capacity building (training workshop in "GIS Basic", in advanced GIS, etc.). Occasionally, CartONG staff gets deployed in the filed to support the whole MSF movement.
In 2020, CartONG supported remotely the Solidarités International Lebanon mission to launch and reinforce their GIS capacity through user requirements and GIS capacity assessments, and the creation of different Standard Operating Procedures. In 2021, CartONG continued its support to Solidarités International by maintaining a hotline to ensurethatSolidarités International staff couldrequest support whendealingwithdifficulties.
In 2018, CartONG was activated to support the GIS team of ICRC for a few months, working on 4 different projects.
In 2019, CartONG was solicited to support the ICRC GIS team for two different projects. The first project was a story map highlighting what role GIS analysis can play when trying to assess the populations’ access to street lights in different neighbourhoods of Buenaventura. The story map can be found here.
CartONG conducted a 3-day GIS training to 12 members of operational departement of Secours Islamique France, in January 2020, which was funded by Le Group'.
The aim of this training was to make participants aware of the added value and challenges that mapping represents for an organization. In addition to the theoretical aspects, part of the training was dedicated to the handling of some tools such as uMap.
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.
After being responsible for the thematic and spatial component of the buffer zone development plan for buffer zone communities of the Phon Kha Khe Bang national park in 2011, CartONG was requested in 2012 to document the whole process, analyze it and elaborate a step by step guideline. A side aspect was also to describe potential REDD+ activities and assist in kick-starting the process.
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.
In 2021, Max Haavelaar France and CartONG worked together in developping and testing IM tools within the framework of the "Strengthening CSOs' Information Management" project co-funded by AFD. In particular, work was done on the Program data self-assessment methodology (available in French here) as part of the revision of the IM structure of Max Havelaar France, a process that will continue in 2022."
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. Ce projet a été accompagné d’une mission de deux semaines sur le terrain.
Au-delà de cette mise en pratique, CartONG a également été sollicité pour aider NITIDÆ à améliorer son système de Suivi Évaluation en effectuant un diagnostic du système en place et en émettant des recommandations d’amélioration ainsi que des procédures qui lui sont associées.
CartONG worked with Expertise France to create a French and English dashboard to visualize the Monitoring & Evaluation data of one of their project entitled “Support for the fight against human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea countries”.
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 implemented a Map Portal for UNHCR. Thisportal is a repository of all pdf mapsproduced by UNHCR and in the future partners as well. Othermappingproductssuch as web maps are alsoavailablethrough the map portal and users can request new mappingproductsthrough the portal as well. CartONG worked on the Map Portal in 2017 and 2018, adding advanced user management features as well as a resource center. The Map Portal was later decommissioned in 2019 and replaced by the Operational Data Portal which now hosts the apps which previously existed on the Map Portal as well as new ones.
CartONG supports the Innov'I project of Expertise France in Tunisia. This project aims to support entrepreneurs and foster a stronger and more active local economic environment. In this context, CartONG helps the Expertise France team to improve its existing data collection system via online forms, and to build a dashboard that displays key figures and indicators of the project. In addition, CartONG will also train the Expertise France team to ensure that the system provided is sustainable and that the partner is able to adapt it to their needs.
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 Information Management 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.
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.
CartONG gave a 2-day remote training to 9 program managers of Acting for Life to provide them with an introduction to the use of QGIS. The aim of this training was to show the basics of GIS so the participants could become autonomous in producing simple maps they need in their daily work.
ATLAS Logistique – HI-AL requested support in 2020 from CartONG, as part of a H2H Network funded pilot project it was implementing in North Kivu, in order to map and analyze the on-site humanitarian response and its needs in terms of supply chain through the study of humanitarian flux and the logistics vulnerability of the said area.
CartONG, in consortium with MapAction, has been selected by UNICEF for a long-term agreement, to provide GIS & IM support to their operations around the world from 2020 to 2022. Working with UNICEF’s headquarters, country offices and partners in different parts of the globe, we focus on helping with geospatial data collection and management, mapping, knowledge management and capacity building.
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.
CartONG launched a new project entitled "MapInclusive" in January 2022. Funded by the European Union through the KA210-ADU Erasmus+ program called "Simplified Partnerships in Adult Education", this new initiative aims to accompany migrant people in France and Greece towards learning new digital skills through digital mapping activities.
CartONG conducted a series of innovative workshops in the summer of 2020 with a group of six teenagers at the youth center Chantemerle in Chambéry to raise awareness about the stakes of international solidarity worldwide.
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.
CartONG is supporting Plan International Germany in setting up a data collection tool to identify service infrastructures in the Lake Chad Basin and an online map to display the results of the said data collection. A very important component of this project is for young people to take ownership of the tools so that they can be autonomous in managing the data collection and updating the online map on their own.
Data mining, compiling and editing geographic data in an urban context to map the extent and service locations of the urban refugee population.
Towards the end of the first lockdown period in France, Action Contre la Faim, Solinum and several volunteers of CartONG collaborated to map the services available in Bordeaux to precarious and/or isolated people so as to facilitate their access to the said information.
These maps, covering three distinct areas of Bordeaux (East Bordeaux, Lake Bordeaux and West Bordeaux) were developed by 4 CartONG4S volunteers using data collected by Solinum on the Soliguide platform. Updated three times, they were distributed by Action Contre la Faim and Restos du Cœur's teams during their outreach activities.
This project consisted in the production of 5 maps to report on AFD's support in Tunisia between 2011 and 2020. In addition to the exported maps, the goal was to provide QGIS projects to the team so that they can easily update the maps themselves.
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.
The request for mapping support in the Gulf of Guinea was inspired by the work done in support of the AFD's Sahel regional team. In 2021, CartONG's support was mainly concentrated on the creation of AFD’s activities databases per country. In addition to this, different GIS resources and mapping training were provided to the GIS referents of each agency in order to make them autonomous in map production.
"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. The objective of this initiative is to offer these activities to the residents of emergency accommodation centers or CADA, everywhere in France in order to raise awareness about digital cartography, but also on an artistic and creative form of mapping. The project is currently in its third phase.
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.
The support provided by CartONG to FairTrade International in 2021 aims at building two updated forms to monitor the key performance indicators, coded into Kobo in both field languages (French and English), that will fit into the existing online platform (Impact Cloud) that Fairtrade international is using to monitor its West african Cocoa program (WACP). After the conception of the forms, CartONG trained and accompanied 25 staffs to ensure the quality of the data collection.
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.
Since 2012, CartONG has been providing training courses to Bioforce students (in particular project managers, WASH coordinators and logisticians) on Mobile Data Collection, GIS and M&E. Several trainings took place in Vénissieux, France, but also in Chad and Senegal.
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 - now part of the Division of Resilience and Solutions (known as DRS) within UNHCR - on a number of MDC projects. Some of our main support is focused on the deployment of the SENS nutrition and WASK KAP surveys for UNHCR PHS, as well as our support on the iRHIS platform (integrated Refugee Health Information System) and on the WASH GIS portal.
Additionally, we also provide support on the implementation of other data collection tools, such as the Health Access and Utilization Survey (HAUS), the Balanced Score Card for Health Facilities (check out the dashboard here) or the Medical Referral Database Online application which represents the online version of the currently used MRD Access Database.
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.
Ces différentes rencontres pourraient déboucher sur de nouveaux projets bénévoles à CartONG.
NOMAD (HumanitariaN Operations Mobile Acquisition of Data) is a project co-led by CartONG and iMMAP that took place between 2010 and 2016 and which aimed at promoting the use of Mobile Data Collection by the humanitarian professionals in order to improve their efficiency and their impact.
In February 2020, just before the pandemic sent us into lockdown, CartONG had the chance to facilitate a 2-day in-person training on Data Protection in Humanitarian Assistance for a dozen of actors - an initiative part of the training catalog proposed by VENRO, the umbrella organization of development and humanitarian NGOs in Germany.
CartONG worked with SCET and EPFAM on a preliminary assessment that will be included in a regional action plan designed to improve tourism development in Mayotte. As part of this diagnosis, CartONG facilitated a participatory mapping workshop in October 2020, with SCET during a short field mission. This workshop was organized to consult some of the inhabitants of Kawéni about their leisure activities. During the workshop, the participants were encouraged to share information about what they are doing during their free time and to locate leisure activities on a map.
Profiling and registration with Android smart phones (UNHCR)
CartONG supported JIPS, UNHCR and INS (Institut National de la Statistique) on the coding of a questionnaire to be ODK compliant. We also trained the staff on data collection as well as Server management for the survey managers.
Le projet MAPATI est financé par CartONG dans le cadre de son dispositif d'Appel à Manifestation d'Idées 2019.
Ce projet se propose d'utiliser la cartographie collective et participative sur OpenStreetMap pour sensibiliser les populations à l’insuffisance d'espaces verts urbains dans le quartier d’Atikoumé à Lomé (Togo).
Le projet YAKA est financé par CartONG dans le cadre de son dispositif d'Appel à Manifestation d'Idées 2019.
Ce projet est porté par une équipe de six bénévoles qui s'est donnée pour objectif de référencer, documenter et transmettre les savoir-faire de communautés auto-suffisantes, de sociétés alternatives et d’éco-villages à travers le monde.
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. Ces ateliers ont permis aux habitants des quartiers de devenir acteurs du processus de transformation urbaine de leur ville et de l’amélioration de leur cadre de vie.
Through a first partnership with the Crisis and Support Center (CDCS) of the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), CartONG will be implementing a two-year project aiming at promoting and advancing responsible data management practices within the aid sector.
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 manière pertinente.
CartONG carried out the Cities from here & abroad project at the end of 2021 with the students of Louise de Savoie secondary school in Chambéry, thanks to the support of the "RECITAL" program, led by RESACOOP and Pays de Savoie solidaires. Through 5 participatory mapping workshops co-facilitated by CartONG and by youth workers from the AQCV social centre, about thirty pupils were invited to discover the Sustainable Development Goals and to think about their impacts on urban areas.
In 2011, after having completed the REDD+ pilot financed by TIDES in another province, GIZ expressed interest in supporting them and their local counterparts to set up a Buffer Zone Development Plan for the Phong Nha Khe Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. The project’s overall goal is “Contribution to the conservation of the Northern Annamite Region, its biodiversity and ecological services in close relation with a sustainable socio-economic development“ and more specifically: “Reduction of the pressure on the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (PNKB NP) and amelioration of the legal income of the target groups living the park region”. CartONG was supporting the elaboration of the spatial component of the conservation-oriented socio-economic development master plan for PNKB NP bufferzone until 2020 and with the vision until 2030, more concretely to assess available spatial data, ensure sufficient data is collected and to produce a set of thematic maps depicting the current situation.
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. We participated in the strengthening of this database (300000 refugees) and analyses their features depending on their country. Two analysis were made and a mission in Jordan took place in spring 2011 for two technicians in order to work on data feed and the strengthening of the registration database of UNHCR with an expert.
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.
In 2020, the SWSC decided to adapt the FACET tools for use by all consortium member NGOs for their WASH risk evaluations in health facilities & schools. CartONG supported the adaptation of the tools to the SWSC needs and hosted a series of webinars to help the NGOs discover the tools.
In 2021, SWSC asked CartONG to set up the tools associated with their reporting needs on WASH, on health facilities and schools, but also communities. CartONG supported the consortium members in developing a PowerBI dashboard, the forms, guidance and provided technical support to the field teams.
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 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 2016, 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). In 2018 and 2019, CartONG worked on the new version of the FACET mobile data collection and analysis tool.
CartONGimplements the Site MappingtogetherwithUNHCR GDS unit (Global Data Service, previously known as FICSS within the organization) by deploying a user-friendlysmartphone application for data collection and maintenance and which stores 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, and beyond this, our team also provides direct support to field operations.
Tous les 5 ans, les bureaux locaux ("délégations") du Secours Catholique construisent un nouveau projet de délégation, une sorte de "boussole" qui permet de définir les chantiers prioritaires pour les 5 prochaines années. A cette occasion, le Secours Catholique de Savoie a contacté CartONG en 2020 pour bénéficier de son soutien par la réalisation de cartes de la Savoie.
En 2019, l'équipe de bénévoles de CartONG a réalisé pour Planète Réfugiés 6 cartes sur le nombre de prisonniers condamnés à mort dans le monde pour soutenir un événement organisé sur ce thème à la Faculté de droit de Grenoble.
La collaboration entre Planète Réfugiés-Droits de l'Homme et une équipe de sept bénévoles de CartONG s'est poursuivie en 2020. Nos bénévoles ont notamment travaillé à la réalisation d'une série de cartes régionales et thématiques pour mettre en lumière la situation des condamnés à mort dans le monde.
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)
The "Strengthening CSOs' Information Management" project aims to professionalize French-speaking Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the use and implementation of methods, tools and processes related to the different stages of the data analysis chain.
Co-financed by AFD for 3 years (early 2020 - late 2022) and implemented with the support of 10 partners, this project will make it possible for CartONG to continue its work in support of the sector by promoting the pooling and dissemination of new resources, both practical (tools, tutorials, training modules, etc.) and strategic (studies, etc.) to all humanitarian and development actors.
In September 2021, CartONG launched a new initiative to develop volunteering internally and build new partnerships around volunteering activities with NGOs, associations, companies and local institutions. This project aligns with our 2020-2023 Associative Life and Volunteer Involvement Strategy and is co-financed by the FONJEP, which was mandated by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), and CartONG.
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.
In 2020, CartONG started to support the AFD Africa Department to strengthen their bottom-up accountability systems. Indeed, AFD is looking to consolidate indicators using data reported directly by their partners in the field. On this project, CartONG is working jointly with Groupe URD to propose a series of indicators as well as a scenario for their Information Management system to ensure the reporting of the said indicators.
CartONG worked with Welthungerhilfe to conduct a benchmark of several Mobile Data Collection tools in order to identify the best ones to use at an organizational level. We brought technical and methodological support into this benchmark, especially working on defining, detailing, prioritizing and organizing the requirements as well as cross-checking and testing information provided by suppliers vis-à-vis the selected requirements.
CartONG are supporting Asmae to implement a M&E system for its international operations. The aim of the project is to improve and strengthen Asmae's intervention strategy, to facilitate program management and to improve the visibility of Asmae's project achievements and results externally.
CartONG and Groupe URD have partnered up to support Sidaction in improving its M&E system. More precisely, the objective is to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of Sidaction's activities in order for them to manage more qualitative and global information (activities, impact, etc.) and to make it more useful for all of its departments (Programme, Advocacy, etc.).
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 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.
Since 2014, CartONG has been helping Terre des hommes with their Information Management and data collection strategy, counseling them on how to help the organisation augment its skills and developing training kits and communication documents for its staff, among other things.
In 2020, CartONG was solicited by the Voute Nubienne Association for an assessment of the data component of their Monitoring and Evaluation system. A workshop at HQ and different field interviews were therefore run to produce such a document, describing the needs of AVN, a description of the features they wanted in the system in place (as well as the associated constraints, capture modalities, types of users, and data model), and some elements concerning the possible technical scenarios.
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 provide a wide range of information management support on the integrated Refugee Health Information System.
CartONG is supporting AFD in their adoption of maps as decision-making tools for an "integrated territorial approach" in the Sahel three-frontier conflict zone (Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso). It includes reworking their data model and process for capturing information on the activities that they finance, as well as the production of maps; support on the data collection tools, and training of AFD teams on the templates produced.
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. The project started by a small assessment of the situation and comparison of tools that could best cater to these needs, followed by a preparation of the digitization of the process through mobile data collection that was then tested, piloted and improved accordingly with the FairTrade teams in Cote d’Ivoire in preparation for a full deployment.
In 2020, CartONG supported FairTrade New Zealand in their implementation and scale-up of Mobile Data Collection in their areas of intervention, ensuring technical assistance and training remotely. This support also took the form of brainstorming discussions,webinars, form coding, development of analysis tools and a map and remote support for technical difficulties.
CartONG is implementing with OpenStreetMap Madagascar a mission to support Secours Islamique France’s project Avotia (funded by the French Development Agency - AFD), around food security in the vulnerable Southwest Madagascar.
This activity aimed at supporting the operation in terms of data management, by analyzing their needs, determining recommendations, and helping them build the information management system needed by the operation.
This project aimed at supporting the operation in terms of data management, by analyzing their needs, determining recommendations, and helping them build the information management system needed by the operation. It is being conducted as part of the 3-year partnership agreement concluded between CartONG and Solidarités International.
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 (FICSS) now called Global Data Service (GDS). CartONG also participates to the discussions in how GIS should evolve in UNHCR in the future.
CartONG also supports CCCM within GDS, and also work on benchmarking studies, documentations and training materials.
In late 2019, CartONG and Max Havelaar France signed their first one-year partnership agreeement. This agreement is automatically renewed from one year to another.
In 2020, the support to Max Havelaar France consisted of coaching and training the Côte d’Ivoire team on their adoption of the ONA tool for Mobile Data Collection following the 2019 pilot mission by CartONG. We also produced a video to present their use of MDC, and also supported Max Havelaar France and FairTrade International on the reflection on their approach and capacity building in relation to data.
Two series of webinars for beginners and advanced profiles were organized by CartONG in the fall of 2020 to support the ongoing capacity building of Terre des hommes' field teams in terms of Mobile Data Collection and analysis.
CartONG was contacted in June 2019 by the Cooperation & Development Center of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to support the development of a GIS platform for local authorities in Argentina that EPFL was counselling. We provided mentoring on how to build the project requirements, identify risks and chose contractors, via two brainstorming workshops.
FACET is a mobile application measuring water supply and sanitation provision in public institutions. In the past, CartONG has already contributed to the technical development of data collection and analysis tools to analyze WASH services in schools and health centers. This time, the new tool focuses on detention centers.
This project aimed at supporting the humanitarian aid and international development sector in adapting its Information Management and Monitoring & Evaluation response to the Covid-19 crisis.
As part of this initiative, CartONG provided direct supportto NGOs- hotline or coaching - addressing specific data-related requests at headquarters or in the field, as well as a more global support to the sector through therelease of technical and methodological guidance (technical briefs, tutorials and tech watch findings) and feedback resources (case studies and lessons learned).
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.
CartONG and Groupe URD have partnered up to build and deliver a training offer - composed of 4 modukes - to Expertise France staff both at field and Headquarters' levels.
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.
CartONG s'est déployé a Bangui, en partenariat avec le bureau régional de l’UNICEF de Dakar, pour apporter un support technique en termes d’évaluation et d’amélioration des outils d’analyse de données ainsi que sur la compilation des informations récoltées depuis le début de la crise.
This volunteer project consisted of the creation of KMLs for Caritas' public outreach, presenting all projects in Haiti for easy viewing in Google Earth.
The WASH GIS portal (also called Borehole Database) was created in 2016 by our team. The WASH GIS portal centralizes information about boreholes data in refugee sites.
CartONG has been supporting 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 and implementation missions. Click on "read more" to access a short overview of the key achievements since 2015.
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/