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MapGap is special Global MapAid fundraising project -
+ to make maps to promote the cause of employment, especially for youth..
+ and maps promoting the cause of Ethiopian farmers, needing credit for irrigation.
Leading up to MapGap we made “proof of concept” projects, detailed below in both countries and made excellent progress with the help of intrepid and gallant volunteers, Doug, Mary, Jacob, Esset, Rupert, Semhar, Renske and dear Fabio - whose passing we mourned and whose spirit is in these pages...
The UK project maps vocational education versus unemployment poverty and needs to be embedded into it’s own website with a crowd source team to capture data, map and evangelise maps. Please donate.
The Ethiopia project maps micro-credit and needs to be embedded with it’s own on-the-ground-data-collection & mapping team and map evangelists. Please donate.
The MapGap blog will start to explain more about our fundraising action.which involves visiting the great and the good and offering them an alternative insight.and a present.and the opportunity to donate.
Kingdom Poverty Solutions Mapping
part of an initiative to help reduce poverty
in the UK through the use of intelligent
mapping, GMA has initially created thematic
maps of London. These maps identify parliamentary
constituencies of London where the opportunities
for ‘sustainable employment’
are least - this being defined as areas
of high unemployment combined with low availability
of vocational training.
is ‘low risk employment’ and
is usually established after vocational
training together with job launch by quality
mentoring or apprenticeships. Consequently,
the maps can be used by interested parties
to target and improve the vocational opportunities
in the worst areas. Click
here to download maps.
Poverty Solutions Mapping
is a stable and peaceful nation in East
Africa, not least because of a respected
group of older men, mostly in the Orthodox
Church, but also in other denominations
and in the Muslim faith and government,
who with a unified voice advocate peace
at all levels. This initiative has been
carried out to help reduce poverty in the
Ethiopia through the use of intelligent
mapping; thematic maps of Addis Ababa shows
micro-finance opportunities banded from
least to best. Click
here to download maps.
Mission: Sustainable Job Programmes for
Young Men and Women
The primary objective of
the project was to research the locations
and boundaries of vocational and trade training
programs and schools for young men and women
within and around Port au Prince. A secondary
objective was to gain an understanding of
the current situation within Haiti in the
wake of the 7.0 earthquake in January of
2010. During the two week trip to Port au
Prince, 37 schools were visited and the
directors/principals were interviewed in
an effort to obtain as much information
on the schools, their students, programs
and impact of the earthquake on their ability
to train and instruct programs and courses
to promote sustainable employment opportunities
and sustainable jobs.
and Distributing a Poverty Solutions Map
in Egypt - Lifting People out of Poverty.
Rupert Douglas-Bate visited
Egypt in April 2011, to research and gain
support for creating a poverty solutions
map in Egypt. The vision is for mapping
the population in Egypt to identify poverty
so as to provide a tool to help the Egyptian
government and other development agencies
and Donors to target and plan efficient
intervention strategies to lift Egyptian
people out of poverty
Desmond Tutu is new Patron of Global MapAid
In December 2009 Archbishop
Desmond Tutu very graciously agreed to become
a Patron of Global MapAid, for which we
are most grateful. In his own words he says:-
"Father David has
indeed forwarded to me all your documents
relating to what I find is a remarkably
innovative and clearly effective mapping
tool for placing humanitarian aid productively.
The needs and solutions of climate change
and global poverty both urgently need to
be mapped, so it is vital you get all the
support from Donors that you need !
The maps would certainly
be an important incentive for donors knowing
precisely where the needs are and where
to direct their assistance. I like the idea
that you try and use locally based teams
whenever possible. For what it is worth,
you could count me in as an enthusiastic
Patron and supporter of this splendid tool
and the Global MapAid team that are making
Systems Donates Software Systems to GMA
Systems Inc is a global player in the
delivery of computer software solutions
for the entire lifecycle of infrastructure
assets, such as roads, schools and bridges,
from concept to delivery and long term maintenance.
One of its key software packages are its
geographic information system tools that
help define and manage land parcels and
Recently Bentley Systems
Inc made a most generous donation of three
sets of software systems to GMA, valued
at several thousand dollars. It is intended
that this software will be used first in
sub-Saharan Africa to help map the locations
of hospitals and schools. Bentley staffs
in both the USA and the UK have worked together
very effectively, to have this donation
made. In due course the software will be
part of a larger project that will illustrate
the spread and depth of poverty, which will
overlap with www.WikiMapAid.org.
is a website allowing anyone, anywhere,
to start adding humanitarian data to a global
map, thus 'the wisdom of crowds' will be
able to build a huge humanitarian map, giving
credence to the idea that 'separate we are
blind, but together we shall see.' WikiMapAid
represents an Informal Equal Collaboration
between two groups: a) Global MapAid and
b) Wikinova and the University of Fortaleza
from Brazil and was launched in March 2009
with an article in New Scientist magazine.
To view article, click
The focus is to map poverty crises hot
spots by capturing data about orphanage
programs, drought, disease, food, employment,
education and training and in future a whole
range of other vital humanitarian and environmental
considerations. But to begin with
we are focusing on Zimbabwe. Visit:
Wikinova and the University of Fortaleza
have previously created the excellent site
The site runs BEST on Firefox browser, please
download from www.firefox.com
this is easy and fast.
Please Note: The site is in the 'beta trial
version' so there may be some glitches.
Also the site does not yet have all the
humanitarian symbols we should like (we
call them 'Markers'). However, when you
get to the site, you may Contact Us and
send suggestions and even create potential
Markers and we will consider all the ideas
in good faith.
Nepal : Partnerships for Progress 2009
The primary purpose of
the exploratory visit to Kathmandu, Nepal
was to evaluate the needs of local non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) and ultimately whether
Global MapAid would be equipped and suitable
to provide mapping services in the future
for those local organizations. Site visits
were made to a number of organizations and
the three most promising potential relationships
and projects are described in a report.
Street Children Pilot-Survey 2008
The aim of this pilot-survey is to map
and record the daily movement and activity
of a selected group of street children,
over a seven day period, in the City of
Port Elizabeth (South Africa). Little is
known about these children, however, it
is a logical starting point to define as
clearly as possible how, where, and why
USA & Hurricane Katrina and
Since arriving on September
7th GMA has defined the type of maps required
as being 'disaster response for the people
returning home' and not 'disaster assessment
maps for the humanitarian decision makers',
which is already being well served by FEMA,
NASA and other agencies. Disaster response
must take into account environmental factors.
Earthquake 2005, 2006
As a result of the terrible
earthquake in northern Pakistan in the autumn
of 2005, where some 70,000 people
died, the board of GMA decided upon an urgent
intervention to review where GMA could help,
particularly if there were 'gaps' in the
current humanitarian mapping.
Geo ERV Project
more about the Geo ERV project.
the start of 2005 the Board of GMA decided
that humanitarian mapping in Bande Aceh,
N.Sumatra might be helpful.
It is envisaged that
countries most affected by famine in the
southern African region, namely Zimbabwe...
GMA has recently
brought on board a new Trustee from General
Motors,specialising in logistics and information
MapAid, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, was formed with
the aim of supplying specialist maps
to humanitarian decision makers at all levels, predominantly
in slow onset disasters such as famine, but also when necessary
in rapid onset disasters such as a flood. GMA is intent upon
supporting aid efforts by assisting
in the provision of mapping and corresponding communication
systems for humanitarian organizations. Maps are detailed
of nature and will include population,
food security, AIDS, refugee and famine data.
realize the work in Indonesia is important, but we must NOT
forget Africa either. This would represent a loss of integrity
on our part. If you strongly feel that your donation should
go to one region rather than another, please notify us by email.
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Patron Desmond Tutu
“The needs and solutions of climate change and global poverty both urgently need to be mapped!”
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Patron of Global MapAid.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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procedure for donations. However in exceptional circumstances,
at the Board's discretion, donations larger
than US $1000 might be returned.