MapAction never works in isolation – our sole aim during any operation 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, the World Food Programme, ACAPS, the REACH Initiative, the START Network and Translators without Borders as well as several regional disaster management agencies. 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
Our regional partners
MapAction works closely with regional disaster management agencies in Southeast Asia (AHA Centre), the Caribbean (CDEMA) and Central Europe (CESDRR). When disasters occur, we provide mapping and information support to regional and local coordination and response teams. We also collaborate with our regional partners to help them improve data gathering, mapping and analysis at a regional and national level, to effectively plan and deliver humanitarian aid in response to disasters.
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.
Partnering with the United Nations
The UN frequently requests MapAction support both before and during emergencies. We support UN training courses and simulation exercises by providing mapping support and humanitarian mapping workshops. We also collaborate to jointly develop new ideas and define and engender good practice in the use of data.