MAPPING POWER - Mini-grids provide reliable power to Sierra Leone town’s far from the national grid. YouthMappers, Sierra Leone chapters, and researchers at Arizona State University are teaming up to map buildings and roads to support the design of power distribution networks. PowerGen Renewable Energy will use our data to decide on the implementation strategy of 45 new mini-grids under their U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Mini-grid Feasibility Study. This data will also be used for electrification planning by the Ministry of Energy, national utilities and other Sierra Leone energy sector stakeholders. Distribution networks in Sierra Leone are scarcely mapped especially in rural locations making this data valuable for all energy sector planners. Five mapping tools will be used to map the low-voltage power lines in Sierra Leone. Utilize this ‘how-to-guide’ linked for recommendations on the steps to follow and using the tools.
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FOOD SECURITY - Help the Philippines map the Mindanao region to support rural farming, gender, healthcare and artisan communities. The Mindanao region grows almost half the country's food, yet remains the poorest population, with many communities at 30-70% poverty incidence. War and conflict have increased in the region in recent years, with security and safety concerns for girls and women. Our goal is to help map rural agriculture and understand the gender gap to plan improved infrastructure with long-term impacts on health, well-being and livelihood for girls, women, Indigenous Peoples and farm families. Local YouthMappers chapters at Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines Resilience Institute, Map the Philippines and the George Washington University Humanitarian Mapping Society are generously supporting the validation of these tasks. Difficulty: Beginner
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FOOD SECURITY - In the Philippines, many areas lack the infrastructure to support local agriculture, leaving communities to rely on convenience stores, where processed foods like instant noodles become staples of their diet. MapPH, YouthMappers University of the Philippines Resilience Institute, UP NOAH, and Youthmappers FEU Technology Junior Philippine Computer Society are working to raise awareness on the issue of food security in the Philippines. Food security intersects each of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, so addressing how we feed our families lies at the core of our well being. Like many ongoing conflicts, access to good, clean and fair food is the catalyst to achieving peace and prosperity for our most vulnerable communities.
HEALTH - This HOT project, launched at the 2018 State of the Map, is developed under the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellowship (supported by YouthMappers and USAID GeoCenter) and under the PoliSocial Award Research project MASTR-SLS (led by DEIB Ecology group at Politecnico di Milano, Italy), in collaboration with the Senegalese NGO Espoir pour la Santé (Saint-Louis, Senegal) and the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS, M'bour, Senegal). Mapping the villages in the Senegal River Valley will give the possibility to create risk maps for the spread of important water-related infectious diseases, such as schistosomiasis. Through high-resolution multispectral satellite imagery, the habitat of the snails will be identified, so vulnerable areas can be detected. The knowledge of the villages near rivers and access points to water is thus of fundamental importance. Additional information on the location of farmlands and agricultural waterways can be useful. Difficulty - Beginner