Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks
HNPW 2024 (29 April - 10 May 2024)

Session title: Scaling grassroots organizations to influence change and impact local and global ecosystems through open mapping
24 Apr 23 14:00-15:00   (Salle 11)

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is largely adopted by humanitarian & development practitioners around the world, and has proven its reactivity, sustainability and efficiency as a global tool for open and contributive mapping. However, those who are building organizations and communities around OSM-focused activities face a multitude of sustainability challenges: from financial sustainability to volunteer retention, from leadership and governance to inclusivity, and more. CartONG and HOT have started a programme to share learnings between 10 OSM community organizations and leaders from Africa, Asia and America seeking improved sustainability. Our goal is for those grassroots organizations to impact their local ecosystem through the use of open and participatory mapping, but also globally to influence change in the way the international development sector is shaped. We will also discuss how actors that want to be allies for these collective intelligence commons can support and collaborate with grassroots open mapping organizations.


  • Martin Noblecourt,Participatory and open data projects manager, CartONG (onsite)
  • Representatives from OSM communities involved in the sustainability exchange (online)

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