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Workshop: Making sense of humanitarian geospatial data to improve the impact of humanitarian interventions on health and wellbeing

Workshop: Making sense of humanitarian geospatial data to improve the impact of humanitarian interventions on health and wellbeing

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One of the key challenges to achieve the goal of improving the life conditions for people who live in disadvantaged communities in low and middle-income countries is the lack of accurate and up-to-date spatial data about urban areas and vulnerable communities without access to basic services and in humanitarian need. Even if humanitarian NGOs may have access to several external data sources (e.g. socioeconomic data from national and international agencies), frequently the capacity to make sense of this data is limited when planning, delivering, monitoring and evaluating humanitarian interventions. This poses significant limitations of the effectiveness and impact of humanitarian work.

Co-convened by CIM faculty and students, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), the Bangladesh Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Operations Team (BHOOT) and the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University the workshop aims to address these challenges by acting as a platform of exchange between social science research and humanitarian NGOs. With the participation of geographic information officers, epidemiologists, other stakeholders from humanitarian NGOs and research institutions the working group will shed light into accessibility, quality and usability gaps of NGO data and distil best practices related to humanitarian geospatial data usage and sharing. The outcome will be a joint research agenda with a roadmap and outlines of follow-on projects.

There will be a Missing Maps Mid-Month Mapathon after the workshop. Workshop participants are encouraged to stay (please bring a laptop with mouse). The registration page for the mapathon is here.


17th and 18th of September 2018


Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Lower Ground Floor, Chancery Exchange, 10 Furnival Street, London, EC4A 1AB
Please note: if you are using the postcode for directions on Google Maps, you will be misdirected. Please search instead for 'Médecins Sans Frontières' or '10 Furnival Street'.

Time Programme Outline
Day 1 - 17/09
Theme: The Data Challenges
09:30 Welcome and setting the scene, self-introduction
09:50 Presentation of challenges by MSF
10:20 Presentation of challenges by BHOOT
10:50 Break
11:00 Presentation of challenges by HOT
11:30 Presentation of challenges by
12:00 Break
12:10 Locating the common themes / facilitates plenary discussion
13:30 Lunch Break
14:00 Group work
15:30 Break
15:45 Group presentations
16:45 Facilitated plenary discussion - visioning
17:45 Wrap-up
19:00 Group Dinner
Day 2 - 18/09
Theme: Best practice proposals and a research agenda
09:30 Recap from Day 1
10:30 Group work - project ideation
11:45 Break
12:00 Group presentations
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Facilitated plenary discussion - project prioritisation
14:30 Break
14:45 Formulation of collaborative research agenda
16:00 End of workshop
18:00 Missing Maps mid-month mapathon

Dr. João Porto de Albuquerque(PI)