Introduction

The photos below show some of our project visits to various countries in view of exploring how to best map solutions to inspire sustainable development, for example in education, health and sustainable job creation. One of the most vital groups in need of this type of smart aid, are the world’s 350 million youth who are defined as “NEET” (Not in education employment or training).

Egypt, May 2011

A visit to Cairo was made soon after the Arab Spring began, with a primary objective to set up a local team to create maps of unemployment poverty and solutions to poverty. In particular we made plans to map vocational training centres, for youth many of whom are unemployed. During the visit, meetings were held with a variety of academics and practitioners from the American University and Cairo University.

Shown here are pictures of peaceful protestors, marching on Tahrir Square, carrying a huge Egyptian flag.

Zimbabwe, August 2009

A visit to Harare, capital of Zimbabwe. Meetings were held with senior Department of Health and Education officials, with a view to making maps showing secondary & vocational schools and also medical centres & hospitals. Given the interest mapping inspired, we have plans to return and initiate a project in the near future.

South Africa, June 2008

A visit to Port Elizabeth a regional capital in South Africa was made, to create maps of the locations of street kids and also their activities. This is a highly vulnerable sector of society and maps that clearly show where sustainable solutions to their needs could be met are vital.

Pakistan Earthquake, February 2006

GMA visited Pakistan to make maps for the Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA), a women’s rights NGO which promotes human rights and economic empowerment in rural Pakistan, in order to guide donors and other visitors to their projects after the earthquake in October 2005. We secured a reliable Partner, GVM with whom we co-created proposals.

United States Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, September 2005

GMA made a rapid deployment to collect data and made 50,000 maps showing hurricane victims where to get simple aid such as food, blankets and emergency grants. GMA also made food distribution maps for the American Red Cross vehicles. Skilled volunteers from across the US contributed their time.

Indonesian Tsunami, March 2005

This was a mission to equip and train students from the University of Syiah Kuala, Bande Aceh in geographic information systems, including mobile data collection devices. This took place after the tsunami in December 2004 so that better damage assessments and subsequent planning and remediation could be realised.