Wednesday 5 October 2011 to Friday 7 October 2011
Humanitarian emergencies cause more than 250,000 deaths each year. Geographical information systems (GIS) and related tools are becoming crucial in disaster preparedness and response in developing countries.
This innovative three day course on humanitarian and disaster mapping uses free and open source software for rapid data collection, analysis and mapping – vital to achieve an effective response.
Developed and delivered by the British-based international NGO MapAction, the course aims to give practical training in GIS tools and methods proven in the field. Typical applications include:
Field-based navigation and needs assessment
Identifying areas in greatest need of aid and gaps in delivery
Planning and monitoring response programmes
Support to logistics
Identifying hazards and security risks
Reporting, communication and publicity
The course is suitable for humanitarian or development practitioners who have no previous experience with GIS. On completing the course, delegates will have the skills needed to successfully carry out data collection, spatial analysis and basic mapping.
Teaching is based around the MapAction 'Field Guide to Humanitarian Mapping' which can be downloaded from the MapAction website. A copy will be given to participants on arrival.
Band A: Small NGO/Self-funding individual: £460
Band B: Large NGO*/government/commercial organisation: £780
*Large NGO defined as having annual income greater than £1 million.
Prices inclusive of VAT. Includes course notes and lunch. Accommodation is not provided.
NGOs with limited financial resources and specific, urgent training needs are invited to apply for a bursary. Please contact Geography Outdoors.
To book: download an application form (PDF).