The iMMAP team was formed in late-1998 to lead the first internationally-coordinated effort to combine information management, sociology and Geographic Information Systems technology to address the needs of disaster management and development partners. Since then, iMMAP has been a pioneering humanitarian organization in leading the way toward the effective use of information management practices and principles in service to the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Enhanced approaches and new solutions are required to address a range of problems challenging humanitarian responders in disaster risk reduction and management. IMMAP’s mission is to be the first port of call for Information and Knowledge Management expertise within the humanitarian community. iMMAP aims to alleviate the suffering of victims of natural and man-made disasters by providing decision-support services to national and international authorities and humanitarian agencies through the management of reliable, timely and appropriate strategic and geographic information.
iMMAP has provided relief and development services in more than 40 countries and is currently working in ten countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Georgia to address post-conflict challenges. iMMAP also extends its services to public sector organizations for building information management capacity in natural and manmade disaster mitigation, preparedness, and management in countries that include Kenya, Thailand, and Pakistan.
The NGO with most experience in this sector is iMMAP whose work has been
instrumental in supporting both Mine Action initiatives and the
Humanitarian Information Centers operated by the United Nations Office
for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.NGOs offer a different
perspective and a different approach to GIS in the field, one that can
complement that of international organisations, and it seems certain
that these actors will expand their activities in coming years.”|
—Information and Communication Technology for Peace: The role of ICT in preventing, responding to and recovering from conflict. United Nations Information and Communications Technology Task Force, 2005
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