Do you want to start using MDC or GIS, but your team has never heard of either and you would therefore need training, guiding and support? Do you need help learning how to handle your geographic data? Do you want to improve the day-to-day efficiency of your teams with better data? Would you like to develop a new IM strategy, and are wondering what skills and processes you’ll need?
Adequate capacity building can take many different forms depending on the skills that your teams currently possess, the structure or the size of your organization, and what skills you want to acquire. If you want it to be useful beyond a one-off training session, it’s important to have a global capacity-building vision and strategy, to ensure that even with the high level of staff turnover in the humanitarian field, your teams can easily catch up when necessary and deploy the standard tools and processes that your organization has in mind.
Learn more about how CartONG can help you with your teams'' capacity building below:
Our aim is to empower your teams with new skills, so that they can improve their impact concretely, in the field and in the office. Our wide experience of contexts and partners allows us to support a growing community of practice and share knowledge between organizations. Find out the aspects on which we develop capacity building on our MDC, GIS and Information Management pages.
In 2019, CartONG was selected to support HI on a GIS assessment and initial support to launch a GIS strategy.
For this purpose, CartONG evaluated the needs in terms of GIS by interviewing the key players to identify their current usages, and practices, as well as their expectations and difficulties in terms of geodata and geoproducts and reviewed the GIS-related documentation and tools used by HQ and field operations. The result of this needs assessment, was a report that CartONG sent to Handicap International giving an overview of the current situation and needs, with a list of short and long term recommendations and potential scenarios. These recommendations and scenarios were then discussed with the HI team to help them think through their options for a GIS strategy to take off in the organisation, according to its financial, technical, HR constraints and the opportunities that a greater use of geodata and geoproducts would bring for certain key sectors of HI and different support functions.
The collaboration will continue in 2020 to organise awareness raising sessions around the question of GIS and also to continue thinking through the best way forward.
CartONG provided a 2-day training on "Data protection in humanitarian assistance". Targetting humanitarian project and programme managers working with German NGOs, the goals of the workshop are for the participants to:
This training will be followed by remote telephone coaching.
CartONG conducted a 3-day GIS training to the operational departement of SIF in January 2020, which was funded by Le Group'.
CartONG, through the request of Max Havelaar France, is supporting FairTrade Africa in their implementation of Mobile Data Collection for the follow up of their cocoa cooperatives in Cote d'Ivoire. The project started by a small assessment of the situation and comparison of tools that could best cater to these needs, followed by a preparation of the digitization of the process through mobile data collection that was then tested, piloted and improved accordingly with the FairTrade teams in Cote d’Ivoire in preparation for a full deployment.
The RESILAC (Inclusive Economic and Social Recovery of Lake Chad) project and consortium identified during its start-up phase the need to improve the management of its information (also called Information Management or IM). CartONG is supporting Groupe URD in charge of the operational M&E system (système de suivi et d'évaluation des réalisations) on the information management component.
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CartONG supported CARE's team in Jeremie, Haiti, as part of the "Vil nou pi si pou fanm yo" ("Our city is safer for women") project, an initiative funded by UN Women to identify and map unsafe or high-risk places for gender-based violence in 7 neighborhoods of the city of Jeremie, using a co-construction approach with youth and women communities living in these target districts.
Within the framework of this project, CartONG's role was to provide support in participatory mapping, first as part of a two-week field mission in Haiti, then as part of a post-mission remote follow-up to CARE's team in Jérémie. To this end, CartONG developed a methodology of participatory mapping workshops adapted to the specific needs of the project centered around the uMap tool.
The maps produced as part of this project are intended to be used as awareness-raising tools for Jeremie's security and justice stakeholders, as well as on a larger scale, for all the city's youth and women's communities.
With funding from the Digital Square program of PATH, CartONG has collaborated with the Global Healthsites mapping project to test the new features of the platform, which aims at sharing open data on heath facilities via OpenStreetMap. To do so, CartONG has implemented a field mission in Senegal together with the company Geomatica and the local OpenStreetMap community to survey exhaustively all the facilities in the Saint-Louis département. The field mission was followed by a workshop in Dakar to launch a "data collaborative" approach and encourage the sharing of health data between stakeholders (UN agencies, NGOs and government).
Written by CartONG, this paper reflects on five years of experience gained by Terre des hommes implementing MDC projects in its countries of operation worldwide. Its principle aim is to help field operations make the best use of MDC in their programs by summarizing the key lessons learned throughout these 5 years of MDC roll-out. It builds both on the institutional knowledge acquired over the years as well as on the experiences shared by three delegations (Iraq, Mali and Nepal) - deliberately different in terms of size, volume of operations, and types of interventions. This Lessons Learned paper also summarizes the path taken by the organization to scale up MDC over the years and the uses to which MDC is put, both by Tdh and by the wider humanitarian community. Lastly, it also details both Tdh and CartONG’s vision for MDC in the coming years.
CartONG did an evaluation of the mapping and database needs of the permanent secretariat for NGOs (SPONG) of Central African Republic, on behalf of the Bioforce training institute. This project aimed at producing an assessment report which included a needs assessment, analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the current system in place at the SPONG, secondary data mining, technical scenario options, and a capacity building plan. Two maps were also produced to support the SPONG.
CartONG was contacted in June 2019 by the Cooperation & Development Center of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to support the development of a GIS platform for local authorities in Argentina that EPFL was counselling. We provided mentoring on how to build the project requirements, identify risks and chose contractors, via two brainstorming workshops.
Learn more by reading our 2019 Annual Report.