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Global MapAid History Outline 2002 to 2016

  • USA. July 2002 to August 2003. Fellowship. Reuters Digital Vision programme at Stanford University funded Rupert Douglas-Bate US $70,000 for a Fellowship on humanitarian mapping technology. It won a cash prize of US $5,000.
  • South Africa. August 2003. Assessment Mission. GMA visited with the long-term work intentions.
  • USA. October 2004 Registration. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (Google’s law firm) gave 18 months of pro-bono support to have GMA registered as a ‘501(c)3’ read ‘US charity.’ After registration an initial US $34,000 was raised for the training and initial deployment in Pakistan, Indonesia and New Orleans. Vodafone US Foundation and Omidyar (eBay) Foundation.
  • USA. 2005. Donation. Software mapping company called ESRI gave GMA valuable software.
  • Indonesia. March 2005. Training Mission Short Term. Equipping, training the University of Syiah Kuala, Bande Aceh with mobile data collection devices, post tsunami Dec 2004.
  • Pakistan. February 2006. Assessment Mission & Mapping. Making maps for PODA, an indigenous not-for-profit, to guide donors and other visitors to their projects (after the earthquake in October 2005). Secured a reliable church based Field Partner, GVM with whom we have co-written a proposal for an Overseas GMA Team.
  • USA, New Orleans, September 2005. Emergency Mapping. Rapid deployment to New Orleans after Katrina on 29th August, to collect data and make 50,000 maps showing victims where to get aid. Also made food distribution maps for the American Red Cross vehicles.
  • UK. 2006 to 2008. Humanitarian Map Icons. Created a brand new set of humanitarian map icons.
  • Brazil. 2008. Online Mapping Tool. GMA and volunteers from University of Forteleza, creation of an on-line mapping collaboration tool: WikiMapAid.org ‘the Wikipedia of humanitarian mapping’ for mainstream non-technical users.
  • Dubai. November 2008. Attempted Mapping Mission. Field visit to Dubai, to open dialogue with Dubai government about a local GMA team.
  • Nepal. November 2008. Mapping Mission. Collaboration with National Society for Earthquake Technology.
  • USA. May 2006 to 2008. Negotiations with Americorps*VISTA. Attempt to build a ‘Geographic Emergency Response Vehicle’ to make maps of poverty. Project mothballed, due to recession hitting corporate donors.
  • UK. January 2008. Donation of £5,000 for core travel funding, from a British millionaire, Mike Edge, from the Bath leadership group ‘Footdown.’
  • South Africa. June 2008. Mapping Mission. Mapping assessment mission to South Africa. Planning for a branch project. Executed a street children’s mapping project in Port Elizabeth.
  • UK. June 2008. GMA in the UK is registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales.
  • Zimbabwe. August 2009. Assessment Mission. Field visit to initiate Schools & Hospital mapping. Partnerships made with MDC Ministers for Health & Education. See April 2010.
  • South Africa. December 2009. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and great champion of Humanitarian causes, becomes Patron of GMA
  • USA. February 2010. Donation. £1,600 donated by Bentley Systems Inc for future Haiti mission.
  • Zimbabwe. August 2009 to April 2010. Mapping Assessment Mission. 5,000 schools in Zimbabwe to be digitally mapped, by volunteer efforts.
  • Afghanistan. May 2010. Mapping Assessment Mission. Field visit to Kabul to evaluate the domain of sustainable job creation job survey and mapping.
  • Haiti. June 2010. Emergency Mapping Mission. Primary objective to research locations and boundaries of vocational and trade training programs and schools.
  • Egypt. April to May 2011. Mapping Assessment Mission. Primary objective to set up local team to create maps of poverty and solutions to poverty.
  • UK. September 2011 to April 2013. Mapping vocational education in relation to unemployment poverty.
  • Ethiopia. September 2011 to April 2013. Mapping levels of microcredit in Addis Ababa. Creating a proposal to map entire country, building local partners.
  • USA.2015, 2016. GMA staff complete courses in i) the Challenge of Global Poverty and ii) Evaluating Social Programmes, J-Pal at Jamal Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Also complete Mapping for Social Good at TechChange.
  • UK. 2015. GMA staff complete MBA business studies at Henley Business School on global social enterprise, studying drivers of sustainable enterprise development and small-scale capitalism, which will be mapped.
  • Nepal. June 2015. Social Enterprise Solutions Mapping Project. GMA staff complete an intensive mission to Nepal, to assess how mapping social enterprise providers could help. Creating a proposal to map entire country, building local partners.
  • USA/Ethiopia GMA June 2016. Consolidation of plans for East Africa working with World Bank and EU personnel. Attendance at Devex World 2016 to share summaries of these plans.
  • Ethiopia GMA August 2016. Short study to further update and consolidate plans, in partnership with the UK Space Agency and UK Space Applications Catapult.
  • USA/UK February 2017. Google gives a generous grant for Adwords, to promote the website, thus adding to the credibility and reach of GMA.