Celebrating 25th Anniversary of American Term Academic Exchange Program


Lee Schwartz, Director of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, recently visited Charles University along with Dr. Marie Price, professor of geography from The George Washington University and President of the American Geographical Society to celebrate the 25th anniversary of an academic exchange program between the United States and Czechia. May 2018

GGI Outreach Event and Mapathon


Lee Schwartz, Director of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, and Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) analysts presented to a group of university students from the Washington metropolitan area. Participants mapped refugee settlements in northern Uganda. Feb 2018

Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week

HIU Division Chief James Liddle and Senior Analyst Dennis King are attending the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week in Geneva, Switzerland from February 5 to 9, 2018. Feb 2018

OECD Forum on Migration Statistics

GGI Deputy Director, Debbie Fugate, will attend the OECD Forum on Migration Statistics in Paris, France on January 15-16. Jan 2018

World AIDS Day Mapathon


MapGive, along with Youth Mappers and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), hosted the second annual PEPFAR (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) mapathon at the OpenGovHub in observance with World AIDS Day. The mapathon engaged the volunteer mapping community and helped publicize PEPFAR’s need for detailed geographic data. Dec 2017

Building Geospatial Networks for Mapping Infrastructure, Land-Use and Water Resources in Mekelle, Ethiopia, November 24


Laura Cline participated in a seminar on Building Geospatial Networks for Mapping Infrastructure, Land-Use and Water Resources at Mekelle University on November 24, 2017. Nov 2017

North American Cartographic Information Society’s annual meeting, October 10–12


The HIU cartography team will be in Montreal at the North American Cartographic Information Society’s annual meeting Oct 10–12 Oct 2017

PEPFAR Data and Systems Applied Learning Summit, September 11–22


Nate Heard recently returned from the PEPFAR Data and Systems Applied Learning Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sep 2017

HIU at 2017 HOT Summit, September 14–15


Andrew McKenna from our MapGive team is travelling to Ottawa this week to attend and speak at the HOT Summit. This is a critical gathering of practitioners from the OSM community focusing on humanitarian and development mapping projects. Sep 2017

HIU at 2017 Esri Users Conference, San Diego, July 10-14

The GGI/HIU’s Secondary Cities Initiative will present at the 2017 Esri International Users Conference Sustainable World Community Demo Theater in San Diego, California July 10–14. Jul 2017

State of the Map Africa, July 8-10


HIU’s MapGive initiative attended the first ever State of the Map Africa conference, hosted in Kampala, Uganda July 8-10. Participants showcased projects aimed at improving OpenStreetMap data throughout the continent. Jul 2017

Secondary Cities Technical Exchange in South Africa

HIU’s Secondary Cities team is hosting—in collaboration with the American Association of Geographers, EIS-Africa, and Esri South Africa—a technical exchange for our Secondary Cities Africa network project partners. It will be held June 26-30 in Midrand, South Africa. Jun 2017

HIU Speaks on Migration Early Warning at OECD Conference

On June 16, HIU Humanitarian Analyst Dennis King gave a presentation on mass migration early warning and risk analysis at the Organization on Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference Jun 2017

Secondary Cities Exhibit at GEOINT 2017

The GGI/HIU’s Secondary Cities Initiative exhibited at the Annual GEOINT 2017 Symposium in San Antonio, Texas on June 5-7. Jun 2017

HIU at the Society of Woman Geographers Triennial

On May 28, Debbie Fugate, HIU Chief, gave a talk about the work of the HIU at the Society of Woman Geographers Triennial in Asilomar, California. May 2017

2nd Mapathon @ AAG


This is the 2nd year that Mapathons and Mapathon related activities were hosted at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. Attendees joined a community of online mappers and contributed to five different OpenStreetMap (OSM) projects supporting humanitarian and development efforts. Apr 2017

2017 State of Global Partnerships Report features Secondary Cities


As part of Global Partnerships Week, the 2017 State of Global Partnerships Report which features the partnership, The Secondary Cities (2C) Initiative, has been released. We’re excited that The Secondary Cities Initiative is being featured under SDG 11! Mar 2017

Map Africa for a brighter future


Map data is key to humanitarian and development missions. On March 14, in partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, HIU will participate in a mapathon to improve map data in Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, and Togo. Mar 2017

UN-sponsored Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week conference on February 6-10 2017

HIU attended the UN-sponsored Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week conference on February 6-10 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. Feb 2017