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Aid Workers Network

Aid Workers Network is a free service. Aid workers often face situations and problems that others have already encountered and this service is aimed at helping share solutions, so that 'the wheel is not reinvented.'  Global MapAid will be able to use this service when training field personnel.

You may find more information at http://www.aidworkers.net


Bentley 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 and the infrastructure built upon it. GMA has received a generous donation from Bentley of this software.

You may find more information at Bentley: www.bentley.com

British Telecom

The story of British Telecom (BT), the world’s oldest telecommunications company, is effectively the history of communications services in the UK and across the world. It stretches from the birth of the electric telegraph in the 1830s, through state ownership and the reintroduction of competition, to the explosion of the Internet and the rise of 'Broadband Britain.'

Business responsibility matters to BT; social and environmental responsibility has been a central part of the companies business strategy since the early 1990s. It’s vitally important to us that we grow as a business in a way that benefits our customers and society – for example through the use of communications technology to help tackle social and environmental challenges. This is why Global MapAid is now a recognised charity within BT, allowed to solicit for help and funds from the entire group.

For more information go to:/www.btplc.com/responsiblebusiness/ourstory/index.htm

Burr, Pilger and Mayer - Accounts

Burr, Pilger and Mayer is a Californian accountancy firm specialising in not-for-profit start-ups. They will train and monitor a GMA accountant in Californian accounting, to perform the financial and bookkeeping functions.


CartONG is a French humanitarian mapping charity whose mission is to providing mapping services and GIS to humanitarian organisations working in relief and solidarity. It is particularly interested in working on displacement mapping of refugees and IDP's and on mapping the consequences of those displacements.

You may find more information at http://www.cartong.org


CGNET provides consulting on all aspects of voice and data network design, configuration, implementation, operation and evaluation. It makes a particular emphasis on the requirements of organizations that are meeting humanitarian needs in remote locations.

They have worked closely with the Reuters Digital Vision Programme at Stanford University, to host this web site, for which we are grateful.

ESRI - Mapping technology

Founded in 1969 by a humanitarian and businessman Jack Dangermond, ESRI the world’s largest and most successful computer mapping company has agreed to donate an unlimited supply of mapping software, according to specified need. Global MapAid is delighted to receive this support. This will range from web serving to PDA based applications.


HumaniNet assists humanitarian and mission field teams with information and communications technology, or ICT.  With its partners, HumaniNet investigates and tests available, affordable solutions that provide a critical lifeline for teams in remote areas.  These solutions provide field communications, enable the coordination of planning and operations, and facilitate the sharing of useful information.

You may find more information at http://www.humaninet.org.


Ishtirak helps commercial and non-profit entities develop lasting roots in the Middle East and Islamic Africa.

You may find more information at http://www.ishtirak.org/

Nonprofits' Insurance Alliance of California - Insurance

The firm Nonprofits' Insurance Alliance of California has been advising GMA on the California based insurances.


ReliefWeb is a project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and is acknowledged as the premier on-line source for information on natural disasters and complex emergencies.

You may find more information at  www.reliefweb.int

Remote Satellite Systems International

RSSI is a Californian company specialising in a wide range of satellite and communications solutions, specifically geared for the humanitarian community. They kindly assisted in the development phase of GMA technology at Stanford University, with the loan of various satellite phones and technical support. GMA looks forward to a fruitful partnership with RSSI.

You may find more information at http://www.remotesatellite.com

Reuters Digital Vision Programme at Stanford University

This Programme is led by Stuart Gannes and sponsored by Reuters news agency. It has been very helpful in supporting a Fellowship and project team at Stanford, which built a prototype Integrated Communications and Mapping System, for use to map humanitarian situations in remote locations. Global MapAid is grateful to Reuters for their support.


This is volunteer based resource coordination website, supporting the spatial needs of the world through a global directory of interested professionals and volunteers, and other GIS tools. Our objective is to streamline project management for volunteers through reliable web access to selected open-source technology.

You may find more information at http://www.spatiallink.org

The Child is Innocent

Founded in 2004, this unique organization works in Northern Uganda and is dedicated to providing needy children with a superb education, not only to improve their own situations, but also to become leaders who enable their peers and future generations, through sustainable
development. GMA looks forward to working with this NGO.

You may find more information at http://www.thechildisinnocent.org/Home.html

The Enterprise Network (TEN)

TEN is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), business incubator, support center, and accelerator for hi-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Since being spun out from Joint Venture Silicon Valley in 1993 to support the area economy, we have helped launch over 60 successful startups, including: eBay, iPrint, Xros, Vertical Networks, Right Works, Intruvert Networks and others. GMA currently enjoys the use of TEN office facilities and networking friendships, in Silicon Valley. 

You may find more information at http://www.tensv.org

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati - Legal matters

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the leading US law firm representing technology companies at all stages of their growth, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them.

The firm has long recognised its professional obligation to serve the greater community in which it operates. Central to that responsibility is helping those without means, or with only limited resources, to gain access to the US legal system. Global MapAid is very grateful for this pro bono assistance.

World Vision - African field partner

World Vision is an international Christian relief and development organisation working to promote the well being of all people but especially children.

In 2002, World Vision offered material, emotional, social and spiritual support to 85 million people in 96 countries.

2003 was the third year of drought in the southern African region resulting in 25 million peoples lives being seriously threatened by famine. By July 2003 World Vision had raised and targeted emergency relief to the value of US $ 198 million to benefit over 8 million utterly impoverished people. This was a substantial part of the UN consolidated appeal which raised in total US$ 680 million.

In particular World Vision in the 'Southern African Sub-Region' strives to:

  • Promote quality programming that responds to the needs and aspirations of all community members
  • Facilitate continued learning across different programs with sharing of best practices, new monitoring tools
  • Respond to emergency and immediate humanitarian needs
  • Embrace policies in decision making, communication and human resource management that are participatory and affirming
  • Demonstrate servant leadership

The Southern African Sub-region includes nine countries: Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A senior staff member of World Vision South Africa has written:
"World Vision International is pleased to Partner with Global MapAid, on a project to create maps of humanitarian conditions in the southern Africa region. These maps would be more detailed and relevant to operational agencies than those that currently exist.

Southern Africa is facing severe problems due to climatic changes, chronic poverty, HIV/AIDS and governance issues. Maps which can be created to more clearly demonstrate the causes and effects of some of theses issues will be extremely useful in terms of facilitating the improved co-ordination of the work of all parties, be they aid agencies, government personnel, international donors or our own staff. The maps would also represent a powerful empowerment tool to assist in practical dialogue with communities about livelihoods and vulnerability.

We are therefore, supportive of collaboration with Global MapAid in Zimbabwe or Mozambique, both locations where humanitarian conditions are particularly challenging."

Arctic Sea Ice Blog

Our main focus at GMA is about making maps that can help defeat poverty. However, it is obvious that when the global environment becomes messed up, through climate change, in turn agriculture is badly affected. The vast majority of the world poorest people rely upon agriculture and the linkage between climate change and agricultural failure is strong.

The ASI blog is an online community of people interested in ongoing changes in the Arctic Circle, with an emphasis on mapping sea ice. Sea ice coverage can act as an indicator of climate change.

To illustrate Arctic sea ice change, 30 years ago in 1980 there was enough Arctic ice to fill 18 (eighteen) ice cubes, if each cube was 10km x 10km x10km. In 2010 there were only 4 ice cubes.


If the sea ice keeps getting reduced at the current significant rates during summer months, this will probably have potentially severe consequences, felt all over the planet. Mainly because of rapidly changing weather patterns, but also due to geopolitical tensions that will arise when the rush for resources gets going once the Arctic Ocean is periodically ice-free.

Maps, graphs and blog:-




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