MapAction never works in isolation – our sole aim during any response is to quickly and effectively deliver the information our partners need. We recognise that there are hundreds of agencies out there well placed to deliver aid and emergency support – our niche is to work with them to help them do that as efficiently as possible.
MapAction is proud to hold long-term relationships with key partners in the humanitarian emergency response community, including the United Nations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Save the Children and ACAPS. We are also a member of Missing Maps, a collaborative volunteer-based project that aims to map 200 million people in disaster-prone areas by 2021.
MapAction has completely transformed the speed and accuracy with which we can programme our response. I can’t imagine us being successful without their support.
Jesper Holmer Lund, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Partnering with the United Nations
The UN frequently requests MapAction support both before and during emergencies. Over just three months at the end of 2016 we assisted the UN in Jamaica ahead of Hurricane Matthew, deployed to Tanzania to support the response to an earthquake on the border of Tanzania, and sent an expert to Cape Verde after seismic activity suggested high risk of a volcanic eruption on the island of Brava.
Partnering with World Food Programme
In July 2016 a joint team from MapAction and the World Food Programme worked with the government of Sri Lanka to prepare essential base data for emergency preparedness and response.
The project was the first collaboration between MapAction and the World Food Programme as part of a partnership to strengthen humanitarian responses in South East Asia. The database developed in Sri Lanka will serve as a template for further joint initiatives planned for Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In November 2017, we helped the World Food Programme respond to the sudden influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh.