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Capitalizing on Maps to Achieve SDG Goals in Africa

“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth…these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water security, energy shortages, global health, food security and women empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions to all” - Ban Ki-moon At the sustainable development summit on 25 September 2015, UN Member states adopted the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. We are in a global village and it is important for us to come together to solve major problems facing our co-exi

Mapping Coastal Livelihoods and Wetlands in Colombia

Hi, my name is Yessica De Los Ríos Olarte, I am studying Biology at the Universidad de Antioquia, and I had the opportunity to participate in the HOT Microgrant 2017 Project COASTMAP-URABÁ / CARTOCOSTA-URABÁ as a YouthMapper. This project is a joint effort between two research groups from the Environmental Engineering and Biology departments at the Universidad de Antioquia, aimed at mapping coastal livelihoods and the wetlands they depend on in the Urabá Gulf. The overall goal of the project is to help planners and the local fishing community respond to flooding hazards in the area. This experience has strengthened my knowledge in different areas. On a personal level, I learned from each per

VLOG - Mapping in Belize

This summer I studied abroad in Belize, Central America. While in Belize, I organized and facilitated two workshops focused on Open-Street Mapping and other mapping applications. We introduced the community to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the YouthMappers network, and how they could use GIS work in their fields of interest. The workshops covered creating and validating data using OpenStreetMap iD Editor, JOSM, and smart phone apps. Additionally, we included sessions on map layering and using data, QGIS, Arc Online, and Story Maps. To enhance this workshop, Julia and I walked around the city, which we had mapped before and knew the area well, and demonstr

YouthMappers at the Data for Development in Africa Conference

MAPATHON AT YALI REGIONAL LEADERSHIP CENTER A Mapathon was held at Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center in Kenyatta University, Kenya on June 27, 2017. It brought together YouthMappers and participants from YALI Alumni, The University of Nairobi, Dedan Kimathi University, Jomo Kanyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Kenyatta University. The event was facilitated by Map Kibera Trust and hosted by YALI. The Mapathon was aimed towards contributing in a mapping project to assist in the fight against AIDS and Malaria in Siaya (Bondo) using OpenStreetMap. The Mapathon is designed to improve availability of geographic data for programs supported by PEP

Lightning talk by a YouthMapper at SOTM Japan

Tommy G D Charles presented at the State of the Map 2017 in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan on the necessary inclusion of small and young OpenStreetMap communities like his in Sierra Leone. During the talk, he highlighted the constraints and limitations of these communities and offered suggestions on how to improve them. His suggestions include: Giving frequent training workshops to students and OSM participants to ensure a sustainable availability of local OSM experts The inclusion of women and other poorly represented groups in society within the mapping communities to ensure proper representation The incorporation of OSM into the framework of well established organizations to offer technical assist

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