A friend Peter Myers recently asked me for a list of previous funders of Global MapAid who might also fund MapGap – and a list of the primary organisations who are going to benefit from the MapGap programme, based on past experience.

So I sent him this information…


Since foundation in 2004, GMA has been active in terms of geographical reach and acquiring knowledge and experience.

We are most grateful to all who have supported us and here below is a time line and list, together with a brief synopsis of each mission. There are two outstanding features here i) occasionally you will see no visible signs of support – in this case our volunteers often and most gallantly paid their travel and accommodation ii) some of the missions are still incomplete, however this does not mean we have forgotten.

Project Funding & History: Country/Date/Description/Action

· USA. July 2002 to August 2003. Fellowship. Reuters Digital Vision programme at Stanford University funded Rupert Douglas-Bate US $70,000 for a Fellowship on humanitarian mapping technology. It won a cash prize of US $5,000.
· South Africa. August 2003. Assessment Mission. GMA visited with the long-term work intentions.
· USA. October 2004. Registration USA. 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 ‘US charity.’ After registration an initial US $34,000 was raised for the training and initial deployment in Pakistan, Indonesia and New Orleans. Vodafone US Foundation and Omidyar (eBay) Foundation.
· USA. 2005. Donation. Software mapping company called ESRI gave GMA valuable software.
· Indonesia. March 2005. Training Mission Short Term. Equipping, training the University of Syiah Kuala, Bande Aceh with mobile data collection devices, post tsunami Dec 2004.
· Pakistan. February 2006. Assessment Mission & Mapping. Making maps for PODA, 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, GVM with whom we have co-written a proposal for an Overseas GMA Team.
· USA, New Orleans, September 2005. Emergency Mapping. Rapid deployment to New Orleans after Katrina on 29th August, to collect data and make 50,000 maps showing victims where to get aid. Also made food distribution maps for the American Red Cross vehicles.
· UK. 2006 to 2008. Humanitarian Map Icons. Created a brand new set of humanitarian map icons.
· Brazil. 2008. On-line Mapping Tool. GMA and volunteers from University of Forteleza, creation of an on-line mapping collaboration tool: WikiMapAid.org ‘the Wikipedia of humanitarian mapping’ for mainstream non-technical users.
· Dubai. November 2008. Attempted Mapping Mission. Field visit to Dubai, to open dialogue with Dubai government about a local GMA team.
· Nepal. November 2008. Mapping Mission. Collaboration with National Society for Earthquake Technology.
· USA. May 2006 to 2008. 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.
· U.K. January 2008. Donation of £5,000 for core travel funding, from a British millionaire, Mike Edge, from the Bath leadership group ‘Footdown.’
· South Africa. June 2008. Mapping Mission. Mapping assessment mission to South Africa. Planning for a branch project. Executed a street children’s mapping project in Port Elizabeth.
· Zimbabwe. August 2009. Assessment Mission. Field visit to initiate Schools & Hospital mapping. Partnerships made with MDC Ministers for Health & Education. See April 2010.
· South Africa. December 2009. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and great champion of Humanitarian causes, becomes Patron of GMA
· USA. February 2010. Donation. £1,600 donated by Bentley Systems Inc for future Haiti mission which mapped schools.
· Zimbabwe. August 2009 to April 2010. Mapping Mission. 5,000 schools in Zimbabwe digitally mapped, by volunteer efforts.
· Afghanistan. May 2010. Mapping Assessment Mission. Field visit to Kabul to evaluate the domain of sustainable job creation job survey and mapping.
· Haiti. June 2010. Emergency Mapping Mission. Primary objective to research locations and boundaries of vocational and trade training programs and schools.
· Egypt. April to May 2011. Mapping Assessment Mission. Primary objective to set up local team to create maps of poverty and solutions to poverty.
· U.K. September 2011 to April 2013. Mapping vocational education in relation to unemployment poverty.
· Ethiopia. September 2011 to April 2013. Mapping levels of micro credit in Addis Ababa.
· U.K. December 2013 onwards into 2014… running MapGap.org a combined programme to raise funds and awareness for mapping sustainable job creation solutions in the UK and Ethiopia.

These are organisations that MapGap will benefit in Ethiopia:-

A) Direct Beneficiaries

Micro Finance Institutions (MFI)’s: 31 organisations, having 762 branches and 489 sub-branches
Insurance companies: 15 organisations with at least 255 branches
Credit & Saving Cooperatives: 240 organisations, but as some have more than one branch could be more than 300
Banks: 19 Banks and over 1,517 branches
Donors, bilateral: 7 bilateral agencies and 19 embassies
Donors, intergovernmental: 16 total of UN and non-UN

B) Indirect Beneficiaries

Farmers & Families: The rural population who do not have credit for irrigation is 75 million people (93% of 84 million). Our conservative assumption is this project helps get credit to just 5% that’s 3.75 million farmers & families.
All Ethiopians: 86.5 million total. Food inflation is a major contributor to overall inflation. In times of drought food inflation will be mitigated by irrigation.
Government: Ethiopian Government, central and provincial with better knowledge from which to plan delivery of sustainable assistance in their country in partnership with bilateral donors.

In the UK these organisations/people would benefit:-

A) Direct

Ministry of Education
Local vocational institutions
Local youth out of school
Local youth who are unemployed for some time

B) Indirect

Members of Parliament
Central & Local Government
The taxpayer’s exposure to reduced unemployment benefit payments
Better trained employees positively impacts employers

Longer Term International Benefits

Advantages of maps to specific stakeholders:-

1. Beneficiaries

People’s need for employment training and equipping at grass roots level will be better geo-targeted, time-targeted, needs-targeted. For example these would include sustainable job drivers.

2. Environment

Better safeguarding of environmental resources from the unwanted attentions of unemployed people.
Diversion of unemployed to towards sources of sustainable employment.

3. Governments in and around the poverty areas

Better decision making.
More transparency towards their public.

4. Aid Agencies in the field

Faster deployment.
Less duplication of effort and commensurate savings.

5. Aid agencies head quarters

Better planning.
Reduced wastage.
Public relations opportunities to be seen to be more effective.
Easier to communicate needs to donors.

6. Donors: DfID, USAID, EU, UN, Government Agencies, Privates

Understanding that aid agencies care about donors as well as unemployed.
Thanks in the form of improved utilisation of funds donated.
Encouragement to continue donations.

7. Media

Media reporting more accurate and self-accountable.
Accuracy encourages intelligent public giving.
Objectivity helps reduce donor fatigue.

8. Global MapAid UK & USA & Europe, the World

Full operational capacity.
Building upon present and past activities.

9. Global MapAid Overseas

Operational capacity.
Building upon present and past activities.
Local staff, local knowledge, lower costs, fewer administrative barriers.

10. Global MapAid as an effective Charity organisation

Increasing credibility that allows other teams – US, South American, Asian and other African Teams to be started.