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Our team is made up almost exclusively of information management, mobile data collection and mapping experts. Our aim is to put the expertise acquired through our work in the humanitarian and development community at the service of our partners to help them set up projects using these methodologies, or to make existing projects more efficient. We are known, in particular, for the capacity building we develop with partners, to make them as independent as possible in these areas.
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Up until now, apart from research and volunteer projects for which we have been funded by various donors, we are usually financed directly by our partners. We are, however, starting to look into other sources of financing with the aim of being as much as possible at the service of the whole humanitarian community.
We are based in Chambéry, France, because it is close to Geneva (and all the international organizations and NGOs based there). It is also the home town of CartONG’s founder.
If you’re interested in our volunteer activities, visit our "get involved" page. A great way is to come to the volunteer and staff get-together weekends that we organize twice a year (in the spring and autumn) to meet the team and see how you can put your skills to good use. Become a member (yet again through the "get involved" page) to be informed in more detail of the volunteer activities and the Get2Gethers.
CartONG is a non-profit organization: all our income is spent fulfilling our mission or generating security savings to ensure the sustainability of our operations. A detailed breakdown of our expenses can be found in our annual reports, available here.
Our team is based mainly in Chambéry, with a few employees working remotely in France, Germany and Canada. We also send staff on mission to a variety of countries. Check the map for the location of our projects. In addition, our volunteers are based in many different places (mostly in France, but also abroad).
CartONG was founded in 2006 by a small group of humanitarian GIS and information management specialists. It was started because a significant gap in capacity was identified in the humanitarian field concerning information management and how to put to good use all the new ideas, methodologies and technologies available.
CartONG is not a traditional NGO that directly helps beneficiaries. We are a very specialized "humanitarian-to-humanitarian" organization, which builds on its wide experience with different partners to increase the efficiency of the humanitarian world at large through the use of new tools and techniques.
Our specialization means we can offer first-class expertise to our partners, as we spend a lot of time on technological watch, benchmarking and trying out new and potentially useful ideas. We do what we can (on a day-to-day basis, and also by organizing events that encourage these types of exchanges, like the GeOnG to get organizations to work together as much as possible, to collaborate through the sharing of data and experience.
We are recognized for the long-term guidance of our partners, to ensure that they become as independent as they wish in the new techniques they want to implement. CartONG also assists partners to set up required expertise in-house. This can range from helping to devise a strategy and standard operating procedures, to assisting with deployments and giving feedback on recruitment tests. We have our partner’s development at heart and will go the extra mile to help them make a difference.
A member does not have to do anything other than subscribe to show their support for the organization.
A volunteer is expected to take part in one or more projects, depending on their time and personal preferences. Learn more about our volunteer projects by checking out our "get involved" page and becoming a member.
Significant preparation is required to ensure a volunteer can produce a professional-level impact without taking unnecessary risks, so we have only sent five volunteers to the field in the last three years. However, we are trying to set up the necessary context to make more of these missions possible.
When they are not testing new tools and equipment, writing tutorials or blog posts, the staff spend most of their time supporting our partners by capacity building (for example, training, remote support, setting up strategies) or by directly implementing information management, GIS or mobile data collection projects.
Most of the technical staff spend between a quarter and a third of their time in the field.
The GeOnG is CartONG’s flagship event, held in Chambéry every two years, on humanitarian information management and mapping, with key speakers, round tables, workshops and a lot of networking.
You can find our annual reports on our mission statement page.
We work in a range of different fields relating to humanitarian and development work, for example, refugee settings, humanitarian logistics, health, nutrition, environment, migration, protection, WASH, education and livelihoods.
However, we nearly always work with a partner who specializes in that field, while we supply the methodologies and tools to help them become more efficient in their operations.
You can subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, visit us at the volunteer and staff get-together weekends that we organize twice a year, or drop by our office in Chambéry.
The two newsletters are for different purposes and target audiences: • The main newsletter (>800 subscribers) provides a project recap twice a year and covers the activities of staff and volunteers. • The GeOnG newsletter (>700 subscribers) provides information for people planning to attend the GeOnG event. (For more information about GeOnG, see the associated FAQ and webpage).
You can also read previous issues of our newsletters and subscribe through the News page.
You can contact us through the Contact page. We are usually quite responsive.