Working Together to Map Haiti

Concern Worldwide is working with communities in Port au Prince to make sustainable improvements in poverty levels and mitigate against risks of conflict and disasters. While some areas of Cite Soleil have been mapped, many areas are still missing basic information such as buildings and roads, which makes planning and implementing projects more difficult. This collaborative project aims to enhance and add useful details to the maps available for Concern Worldwide and partners to reach areas most in need of assistance and to produce open source maps of the urban and rural environments that communities live and work in.

Cite Soleil is one of the poorest and most densely populated areas of the city.

Esri has a rich history of supporting non-profit organisations and enabling them to reach their goals. For more than four decades, Esri has helped over 13,000 non-profits strengthen their mission through the power of geography. Concern is a customer of Esri Ireland and part of the Esri Not for Profit Programme. 

Esri Ireland work closely with Concern’s team in Dublin on various mapping projects and was keen to do more to assist with Concern’s humanitarian efforts.  The collaboration between Concern, Missing Maps and Esri Ireland represents a group of like-minded organisations working together to map areas of Haiti affected by the devastating 2010 earthquake.  

Our joint objective is to contribute tangible benefits to Concern’s program of work there, through the medium of Missing Maps and a series of planned mapathons.

The Concern Worldwide Program

Building Hope & Opportunities in Haiti: An integrated Urban Community Resilience and Conflict mitigation program in Cite Soleil, Port au Prince, Haiti.

Concern Worldwide has been working in Haiti since 1994 and in January 2017 will embark on a sustained 5 year program to reach more than seven thousand households (36,000 people) living in extreme poverty. Concern has a proven record of working in difficult programmes in urban settings and will be focusing on community development and building the capacity of local structures through working directly with communities while advocating for increased investment and government support for marginalized urban areas. A key element of this project is Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR): The programme will work with communities in ascertaining physical and natural hazards (in particular flood resilience) and respond with appropriate initiatives and improvements.

Overall Programme Impact

Community members from Cite Soleil, a marginalized urban area, will have, increased income and a safe, healthy and enabling environment. Increased community cohesion and improved governance through partnerships between community and local government will ensure sustainability of the improvements, allowing people to move out of extreme poverty and to improve their environment in a lasting way.

Open Street Map and Missing Maps

Open Street Map (OSM) is a free open software platform that uses satellite imagery and data to produce useful digital maps that are free to use. Missing Maps is a collaborative project in which anyone can help to map areas (using OSM) where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Missing Maps was set up by Humanitarian Open Street Maps (HOT) and International NGOs who saw the benefit in volunteer created digital maps for use in community projects, development programs and emergency response situations. You can find out more at