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Global MapAid Partners


Global MapAid has various valuable partners, some of whom are mentioned here below. These range from diverse country partners with specialist knowledge, particularly NGOs, but also government departments and corporates. We also have technical partners who provide expert assistance on items such as mapping, data collection, dissemination and public relations.

The list below is not exhaustive and we are always interested in new partnerships in our work to create maps that help decision makers to alleviate the economic poverty of human beings.

Google state: “Through we accelerate the progress of innovative nonprofits by connecting them to the best of Google. When everyone has the chance to succeed, we all prosper. That’s why supports organizations that use technology and innovation to power an economy in which more people have an opportunity to thrive.”

Crowd2Map Tanzania

Crowd2Map Tanzania is a crowdsourced mapping project aiming to put rural Tanzania on the map. Since 2015, they have been adding schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages to OpenStreetMap with the help of volunteers worldwide and on the ground in Tanzania. Crowd2Map Tanzania was founded in November 2015 by Janet Chapman, Communications Manager at the Tanzania Development Trust from London and Egle Marija Ramanauskaite, writer, researcher and educator in the field of citizen science, and Citizen Science Coordinator at the Human Computations Institute from Vilnius. Janet and Egle met at the Mozilla Festival 2015 and began to explore options to involve Tanzanian schools in citizen science.


TearFund is well experienced, faith based, Christian humanitarian agency working where the need is greatest, through local churches to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, they respond quickly. They state: “We won’t stop until poverty stops.”

World Vision – African field partner

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity — an international Christian relief and development organisation working to promote the well-being of all people but especially children. World Vision’s local staff work in thousands of communities across the world to free children from fear. They live and work alongside them, their families and communities to help change the world they live in for good. World Vision’s worldwide presence means they are quick to respond to emergencies like conflict and natural disasters. They also use their influence and global reach to ensure that children are represented at every level of decision-making.

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 an excellent ethos towards social enterprise. This has included help with software ranging from web serving to PDA based applications. GMA originally benefitted from ESRI’s support, at it’s founding at Stanford in 2002.


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.

British Telecom

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, 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. BT considers it vitally important to grow as a business in a way that benefits their customers and society – for example through the use of communications technology to help tackle social and environmental challenges. Global MapAid is a recognised charity within the BT Group.

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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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.

Reuters Digital Vision Programme at Stanford University

This Programme was led by Stuart Gannes and sponsored by Reuters news agency. It was most 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 programme has now concluded, however the GMA to Stanford link remains.

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. Their objective is to streamline project management for volunteers through reliable web access to selected open-source technology.

StivaSoft is a European web development company with years-long experience in creating comprehensive online business solutions. Our high quality web applications are used by individuals and companies of all sizes from all over the world. We stay behind the brands PHPJabbers, StivaWeb, Brolmo and Geeky Corner. 6+ years experience, 30 000 happy clients, outstanding support!

The Enterprise Network (TEN)

TEN was a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), business incubator, support center, and accelerator for hi-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, that GMA helpfully interacted with, during the early days. Since being spun out from Joint Venture Silicon Valley in 1993 to support the area economy, it helped launch over 60 successful startups, including: eBay, iPrint, Xros, Vertical Networks, Right Works, Intruvert Networks and others. TEN is no longer operational however it’s influence has been gratefully appreciated by GMA.

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.

The GMA relationships and consortia above are in no particular order of importance.