Our Story

The roots of Global MapAid go back to mapping small business support in Kosovo in 1999 by a local team, which benefitted development agencies working on job creation, so vital to peace-building.

 

However, it was conceived in 2003 at the end of Rupert Douglas-Bate’s fellowship at Stanford University, when his team of students & faculty won a prize at the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students summer competition. Out of a field of some 30 contenders, the project came in the top three and won $5,000.

 

The fellowship team, which consisted of 23 students and some faculty, then decided to start a social enterprise not-for-profit. Everyone was asked to suggest names and a blind ranking was made. Out popped the name “Global MapAid“. While we knew we wanted to “map poverty solutions” we have been slowly evolving our ideas ever since.

 

In 2011, after the Arab Spring, we decided our hot focus must be to map solutions that underpin sustainable job creation, with a youth focus as over 620 million youth are not in employment education or training. This is so that policymakers, development donors and aid organisations could benefit from the knowledge and spend finite resources better. We must also take into account how climate change and population growth can be mitigated, for example by jobs that distract youth from de-forestation and living off wildlife, with jobs that are more drought-proof, more resilient to climate shocks, and respectful of carbon.

 

Scroll down to look through our history of projects and see what we’ve achieved over the years.

To learn more about our Chairman and Founder Rupert Douglas-Bate, click here.

 

We are fortunate to have Justin Saunders on board as our Chief Technologist. Click here to see the work and expertise that he brings to the team.

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  • 2020

     World & UK: Coronavirus & Youth Unemployment Mapping

     

    Global MapAid makes a hope map showing community and medical response to COVID-19 in the UK, and tracks  coronavirus cases and deaths throughout the UK and the world. In May as COVID-19 appears to be easing, mapping is accomplished to show youth unemployment and youth opportunities in order to illustrate those who will be hit hardest by the unemployment effects of COVID-19.

       

     

     UK: Rebrand

     

    Global MapAid rebrands as “MapAid” and enlists a team of fantastic volunteers with specialisms in social media, marketing and graphic design to achieve this goal.

       

     

    USA: George Mason University AI Mapping

     

    George Mason University, Center for Resilient & Sustainable Communities combines with GMA to start a 4-year development programme concerned with mapping sustainable shallow borehole locations, for irrigation by small farmers in Ethiopia.

     

  • 2019

    Ethiopia: Irrigation Mapping Research

     

    Visit to Ethiopia, to consolidate partner organisations, and write an enquiry paper on the case for shallow borehole mapping, that led to a presentation to the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in November.

     

    UK: Burns Night Fundraiser

     

    Building on previous success, GMA throws another fabulous Burns Night Dinner Dance fundraiser at the Wheatsheaf Pub, Chilton Foliat.

  • 2018

    Ethiopia: Irrigation Mapping Research

     

    Short visits to local partners in Ethiopia, to confirm their continued commitment and also their leadership role in irrigation support map project, GMA being just an encourager.

    Fundraiser Burns: Britain

     

    GMA pivots away from formal fundraising and throws a Burns Night Dinner Dance at the award winning Wheatsheaf Pub, Chilton Foliat.

  • 2017

    Ethiopia & UK: Irrigation Map Applications

     

    GMA makes five formal applications to large “innovative donors” for support for irrigation mapping in Ethiopia and British projects. Success eludes, however GMA perseveres. GMA remains grateful to our donors large and small.

     

    US & USA: Google

     

    Google gives a generous grant for Adwords, to promote the website, thus adding to the credibility and reach of GMA.

     

  • 2016

    Ethiopia: Study Map Mission

     

    Short study to further update and consolidate plans, in partnership with the UK Space Agency and UK Space Applications Catapult. We gathered together several excellent local partners, including the University of Arba Minch, Water Technology Institute, Vita Ireland, Bioeconomy Africa, The Ethiopian Women’s Exporters Association, North South Consulting and the Ethiopian Space Science Technology Institute.

       

    Brussels: Devex World

     

    Consolidation of plans for East Africa working with the World Bank and EU personnel. Attendance at Devex World 2016 to share summaries of these plans. Rebrand of GMA with new logo and website.

  • 2015

    Nepal: Evaluation Map Mission

     

    Social Enterprise Solutions Mapping Project. GMA staff complete an intensive mission to Nepal, to gain partners and assess how mapping social enterprise providers could help. Creating a proposal to map entire country, building local partners.

    USA: Research on Poverty Indices

     

    GMA staff complete courses on the Challenge of Global Poverty at the Jamal Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Also complete Mapping for Social Good at TechChange.

     

  • 2014

    South Africa & Britain: Research on Mapping Job Solutions

     

    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.

     

  • 2011-2013

    Ethiopia: Microcredit Mapping

     

    Mapping levels of microcredit in Addis Ababa. Creating a proposal to map entire country, building local partners.

    UK: Vocational Education & Unemployment Mapping

     

    Mapping vocational education in relation to unemployment poverty. A remote team in Britain & Ethiopia accomplished this task.

    Egypt: Mapping Assessment Mission

     

    Primary objective to set up local team to create maps of poverty and solutions to poverty.

  • 2010

    Haiti: Emergency Map Mission

     

    Primary objective to research locations and boundaries of vocational and trade training programmes and schools.

    Afghanistan: Mapping Assessment Mission

     

    Mapping Assessment Mission. Field visit to Kabul to evaluate the domain of sustainable job creation job survey and mapping.

    Zimbabwe: Mapping Assessment Mission

     

    5,000 schools in Zimbabwe to be digitally mapped, by volunteer efforts.

    USA: Bentley Donation

     

    Donation. 1,600 GBP donated by Bentley Systems Inc. for future Haiti mission.

     

  • 2009

    South Africa: Desmond Tutu, Patron

     

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and great champion of Humanitarian causes, becomes Patron of GMA.

     

    Zimbabwe: Mapping Assessment Mission

     

    Field visit to initiate Schools & Hospital mapping. Partnerships made with the Movement for Democratic Change Ministers for Health & Education.

     

  • 2006-2008

    UK: Charity Registration

     

    GMA in the UK is registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales.

    South Africa: Mapping Assessment Mission

     

    Planning for a branch project. Executed a street children’s mapping project in Port Elizabeth.

    UK: Donation

     

    Donation of 5,000 GBP for core travel funding, from a British millionaire, Mike Edge, from the Bath leadership group ‘Footdown.’

       

    USA: Geographic Emergency Response Vehicle

     

    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.

     

    Nepal: Mapping Assessment Mission

     

    Collaboration with National Society for Earthquake Technology.

    Brazil: Online Mapping

     

    GMA and volunteers from University of Fortaleza, create an online mapping collaboration tool: WikiMapAid.org, ‘the Wikipedia of humanitarian mapping’ for mainstream non-technical users.

     

    Emirates: Mapping Assessment Mission

     

    Field visit to the Emirates, to open dialogue with Emirati government about a local GMA team.

    UK: Humanitarian Map Icons

     

    GMA created a brand new set of humanitarian map icons.

    Pakistan: Mapping Assessment Mission

     

    Making maps for the Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy, 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, God’s Vision Ministries, with whom we have co-written a proposal for an overseas GMA team.

     

  • 2005

    USA: Hurricane Katrina Emergency Mapping

     

    Rapid deployment to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina on 29 August 2005, to collect data and make 50,000 maps showing victims where to get aid, as well as food distribution maps for the American Red Cross vehicles.

    Read more about this mission here….

     

    Indonesia: Post-Emergency Map Mission

     

    A Short Term Training Mission: Equipping and training the University of Syiah Kuala, Bande Aceh with mobile data collection devices, post-tsunami, led by GMA volunteer Erin Kees, which took place after the December 2004 tsunami.

    USA: Donation

     

    The software mapping company ESRI gave GMA valuable software.

     

  • 2004

    US: Charity 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 ‘American charity.’ After registration, an initial 34,000 USD was raised for the training and initial deployment in Pakistan, Indonesia and New Orleans, Louisiana. Vodafone US Foundation and Omidyar (eBay) Foundation.

  • 2003

    South Africa: Mapping Assessment Mission

     

    Assessment Mission. GMA visited with long term work intentions.

    USA: Donations

     

    GMA was generously supported by the Vodafone US Foundation and the Omidyar Foundation with startup funding.

  • 2002

    USA: Fellowship Humanitarian Mapping

     

    At Stanford University, Rupert Douglas-Bate was funded 70,000 USD for a Reuters Digital Vision Programme fellowship in humanitarian mapping technology. It won a cash prize of 5,000 USD.