Training Course: Who, what, when, where: Mapping for urban humanitarian response

Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP)

Thu, Jul 24 2014

This edition of ALNAP’s Urban Webinar series focuses on the use of mapping in urban humanitarian response. It will address broader questions of how humanitarians can harness technology to help them understand complex urban systems, what different types of mapping are available to humanitarians and what needs to change in order to better integrate mapping efforts into humanitarian response. It will then highlight the Rapid City Profiles created by UN Habitat and how these are contributing to the Syria Response. Two presentations will be followed by a Q&A session, during which we invite the audience to submit questions in advance or in real time, as well as to contribute their own experiences of mapping urban response.

Gabriele Almon, World Vision International Fellow & GIS Specialist, will give a presentation on how the urban landscape is expected to change in the next 15 years, how NGOs can benefit from mapping this rapid urbanization, along with how the humanitarian industry leveraging urban populations to crowd-source life-changing information.

Ansa Masaud, Shelter Response Coordinator for UN Habitat in Syria, will showcase UN Habitat’s work developing and using Rapid City Profiles in several Syrian cities. These profiles are an assessment framework for assessing humanitarian situation, needs and gaps in cities and map the pre and current urban landscape. Ansa will discuss the development of the profiles, and some emerging lessons about working with stakeholders to gather information, the use of neighbourhood-level analysis to identify opportunities and UN Habitat’s plans to take the work further and strengthen resilience through neighbourhood action planning.

The webinar will take place on 24 July 2014, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CEST. Registration is possible online.