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
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
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
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
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.
have worked closely with the Reuters Digital Vision Programme at
Stanford University, to host this web site, for which we are
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
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
You may find more information at www.reliefweb.int
Remote Satellite Systems International
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
Digital Vision Programme at Stanford University
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
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.
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.
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.
Vision - African field partner
World Vision is an international Christian relief and development
organisation working to promote the well being of all people but
In 2002, World Vision offered material, emotional, social and spiritual
support to 85 million people in 96 countries.
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'
quality programming that responds to the needs and aspirations
of all community members
continued learning across different programs with sharing of
best practices, new monitoring tools
to emergency and immediate humanitarian needs
policies in decision making, communication and human resource
management that are participatory and affirming
The Southern African Sub-region includes nine countries: Angola,
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South
Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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.
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:-