Our impact

Since MapAction’s beginnings in 2003, our in-country emergency mapping service has helped coordinate the response to over 125 different humanitarian crises including earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and conflict-related crises.

The contribution of MapAction services and products to the humanitarian sector is significant. Feedback about MapAction’s work from external stakeholders all over the world was incredibly positive. All commended the high quality of MapAction’s work, its service ethic and the professionalism of MapAction volunteers and staff.

Independent review on behalf of the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID)

In September 2019, category 5 hurricane Dorian bore down on the Caribbean islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco with astonishing ferocity. Having deployed many times to the region and after working for some time on training and preparedness activities there, we were asked to support CDEMA, the Government of Bahamas and their partners in coordinating the response.

MapAction is recognised as a leading provider of professional mapping services in first phase emergency response. We regularly deploy with the United Nation’s rapid response Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team – the global tool used by the international community to assist national governments when they request international assistance following a major emergency.

MapAction holds partnerships with Unicef and the World Food Programme, and we have worked in specific emergencies with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and international NGO consortia.

Over the last three years alone, MapAction has responded to:

Take a look at MapAction’s role in the response to Cyclone Idai in this video from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.