Data-driven decision making

Enabling more effective humanitarian and development decisions

When maps fail to account for every person, progress can’t be achieved. Too many people still remain invisible to the governments and humanitarian and development organisations that can provide the public with vital resources. Communities that are absent from maps often miss out on much needed support. And when other map-based data, such as infrastructure and boundaries, are missing or incorrect, development efforts are also impeded.


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We build spatial data solutions that make development goals achievable.

GRID3 combines the expertise of partners in government, the United Nations, academia and the private sector to design adaptable and relevant spatial data solutions based on the capacity and development needs of each country. GRID3 works with dedicated humanitarian workers, government officials, NGOs and communities around the world to build a future in which everyone can fulfill their potential.

Our solutions

Designing unique geospatial solutions for faster progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Individually, our solutions provide improvements to existing data and can fill in the gaps of missing data. But taken together and in collaboration with in-country partners, these solutions reach beyond their separate objectives and create the opportunity to build a stable, relevant and reliable data foundation for future development.

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Population housing census and hybrid method support

Today, with major demographic shifts occurring and attention focused on international development, accurate and timely data are more important than ever. A census can represent the entire statistical universe of a country or region, down to the smallest geographical unit if conditions allow for it. In territories where a traditional census cannot be conducted countrywide due to inaccessible hard-to-reach areas, disasters or lack of infrastructure, the revolutionary hybrid method helps to generate quality population estimates everywhere.

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Mobility analysis

Anonymised and aggregated data from mobile network operators can help support humanitarian and development interventions by improving our understanding of population movements.

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High-resolution population estimates

Population and housing censuses are the most important resource to produce accurate population data at the national and sub-national level. In cases where inaccessibility or insecurity don’t allow for census data, high-resolution population estimates are fundamental to understand and drive development.

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Mapping subnational boundaries

Validated subnational boundaries allow for efficient development processes to be planned and implemented using concrete, location-based evidence.

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Comprehensive settlement locations

Comprehensive settlement locations provide a real-world picture of communities. This helps target service delivery and development investments to the places where people actually live.

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Locating critical infrastructure

Integrating geospatial infrastructure data with population mapping and settlement location data generates critical information to inform development processes.

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Capacity strengthening

Capacity strengthening is a strategic priority to ensure sustainable, ground level impact. Open data and knowledge transfers are key for data-driven decision-making to be integrated into sustainable development.

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News

October 27, 2020
Liberia saves big on satellite imagery with the support of GRID3

GRID3’s support across various African borders enabled over a million US dollars in savings for Liberia’s government in a recent purchase of high-resolution satellite imagery. These funds can now be used to make other critical investments that modernise Liberia’s geospatial capabilities for census and national population data systems.

October 21, 2020
Zimba Town Council plans ahead to ensure no one is left behind

Accurate and accessible geospatial data plays a pivotal role in district planning for Zimba District, Zambia, where planners are trying to facilitate development. Through an interview with Josephine Chiila, District Planning Officer in Zimba, we learn how GRID3 population, settlement and infrastructure data are being used to identify service provision gaps and inform future development decisions.

October 20, 2020
Sustainable autonomy: GRID3 transfers full ownership of its data to the Nigerian government

GRID3 Nigeria is transferring the management, hosting and maintenance of all GRID3 data and the portal to the Government of Nigeria, through its National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), ensuring long-term integration and sustainability of geospatial analytics in the country.