Vision & Mission Statement
Background to Vision and Mission
Since 2002 Global MapAid has acquired a powerful and useful history
of humanitarian mapping that is mentioned in
this history outline. This process has been a steep learning
curve, with many lessons learned and some very successful mapping
achieved that has undoubtedly saved or enhanced lives.
At the start of 2011 the Board of GMA decided to bring together
all this learning and create a focus on a particular type of poverty
mapping that would also illustrate unemployment poverty and solutions
to it - primarily sustainable job creation and microcredit. We call
this concept ‘the Poverty Solution Map’.
The indicators for unemployment poverty will be drawn primarily
from the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. In 2000, 189
nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple
deprivations. This pledge became the eight Millennium Development
Goals to be achieved by 2015. In September 2010, the world recommitted
itself to accelerate progress towards these goals.
As a result of the Board’s decision, reshaped Vision and
Mission statements were created:-
To set up many locally based teams in poverty zones, at least one
per developing country, to create poverty solution maps as a tools
for governments and donors and NGOs - to launch sustainable jobs
and assist in the elimination of poverty.
Mapping populations to identify poverty so as to provide a tool
to help governments and development organisations to target and
plan efficient intervention strategies to lift people out of poverty.
Global MapAid History Outline 2002
- USA. July 2002 to August 2003. Fellowship.
Reuters Digital Vision Programme at Stanford University funded
Rupert Douglas-Bate to do a Fellowship on humanitarian mapping
technology. It won a cash prize from the Business Association
of Stanford Engineering Students.
- South Africa. August 2003. Assessment
Mission. GMA visited with the long-term intention to
- USA. October 2004. Registration USA. 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 several thousand
dollars were 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 Global MapAid several thousand dollars of 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
- 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. On-line 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.
- U.K. January 2008. Donation 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.
- Zimbabwe. August 2009. Assessment Mission.
Field visit to initiate Schools & Hospital mapping. Partnerships
made with MDC Ministers for Health & Education. See April
- 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. Donation by Bentley
Systems Inc for future Haiti mission.
- Zimbabwe. August 2009 to April 2010.
Mapping Mission. 5,000 schools in Zimbabwe 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.
A summary brochure can be viewed and downloaded.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
and Conditions for Donations:
Global MapAid does not normally operate a returns procedure
for donations. However in exceptional circumstances, at the Board's
discretion, donations larger than US $1000 might be returned.