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About Us

Global MapAid was initiated as a social enterprise to supply specialist maps to key End Users working to alleviate poverty. The focus is to map poverty hotspots by capturing data on gaps and needs that lead to sustainable job creation, such as vocational education, credit and business mentoring. However, as needed drought, irrigation, food security, migration, health and deforestation may also be mapped.

1.1 Key End Users include:

  • Bilateral Donors
  • Educators
  • Finance Sector Organisations, including Micro-credit agencies
  • Foundations
  • Government, local and national
  • Intergovernmental Organisations i.e United Nations World Food Program
  • Media Organisations
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Philanthropists
  • Think Tanks

1.2 GMA consists of a core skilled team with expertise in:

  • Humanitarian Response
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • International Development (including: economic migration, sustainable livelihoods, microcredit, community development, child rights and irrigation)
  • Surveys and Statistics
  • Communications
  • Business Development
  • Project Evaluation and Strategy

Our goal is to partner with local organisations and to train, develop and empower local teams so that they can take over mapping needs for their own areas. Together with our standard operational procedures we aim to ensure that healthy cross fertilisation of ideas, skills, enthusiasm and innovation can occur to benefit End Users and Beneficiaries.

GMA Core Values and Team Strategies

Core Values

  • Recruit the right people.
  • The Team leader looks after and cares for his or her team first, starting first and finishing last, day-by-day.
  • Non-charismatic leadership. Results of Leadership measured by benchmarking and channelling outcomes accordingly.
  • Measurement by results. Medium-term outputs and long-term outcomes.
  • Leadership style that is collaborative when brainstorming yet prescriptive when implementing.
  • Freedom of speech and encouraging initiative.
  • Teams remain ready to swiftly move to another country or region to aid as needed.

Core Strategies

  • Aim for local teams, to encourage and respect in situ knowledge (socio-cultural & economic).
  • Aim to result in local teams that are self-sustaining and self-recruiting.
  • Training by outsiders to encourage cross-fertilisation of ideas and knowledge.
  • Iterative Lean Start Up ethos used to co-create maps with End User engagement.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation occurs by benchmarking and measurement of results in order to drive direction and vision, together with healthy debate about these results.