Established in 1863, the International Committe of the Red Cross operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The ICRC takes action in response to emergencies and promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.
In 2019, CartONG was solicited to support the ICRC GIS team for two different projects. The first project was a story map highlighting what role GIS analysis can play when trying to assess the populations’ access to street lights in different neighbourhoods of Buenaventura. The story map can be found here. The second project was to build an atlas for Venezuela, including dedicated maps created for ICRC but also containing readily available information from the web in one document which can be used to brief new staff ready to be deployed. Learn more in our 2019 Annual Report.
In 2018, CartONG was activated to support the GIS team of ICRC for a few months, working on 4 different projects.
Learn more by reading our 2018 Annual Report.
CartONG was activated twice in 2017 by ICRC to support them by generating data in OpenStreetMap and preparing databases that were then exploited by the ICRC Water & Sanitation teams to plan their operations.
The first project was led in Goma (Democratic Republic of the Congo), where ICRC needed map to plan new water distribution infrastructures. A second similar project was conducted in October to map the cities of Diffa and N’Guigmi in Niger using OpenStreetMap. Leanr more by checking out our 2017 Annual Report.
CartONG produced Base maps and Emergency maps, as well as compiled Geodatabases and Atlases for the International Comittee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters in Geneva.
The deliveries included maps for ICRC concerning Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Middle East and 100 contextual maps of other countries. All of these geographic data were about specific themes like communications, services, energy, and economic data, in order to enable the comprehension of the local context and make decision making easier.