About GRID3

GRID3 (Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development) works with countries to generate, validate and use geospatial data on population, settlements, infrastructure, and boundaries. GRID3 combines the expertise of partners in government, United Nations, academia, and the private sector to design adaptable and relevant geospatial solutions based on capacity and development needs of each country.

The programme provides countries with a unique package of tools with which to generate open-source data, support for data applications to ensure effective impact, and training to strengthen the national geospatial foundation for future evidence-based development and humanitarian decision making.

The programme offers a unique and efficient approach, combining the highest-resolution and most recent satellite imagery, dynamic modelling and newest scientific methods, and capacity strengthening services to ensure sustainable use of geospatial data nationally.

Our partners

The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a research center within the Columbia Climate School. Its mission is to provide access to and enhance the use of information worldwide, advancing understanding of human interactions in the environment and serving the needs of science and public and private decision making.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) collects and facilitates the collection of the most accurate population data available to empower countries to make informed decisions on crucial development issues. UNFPA is also the United Nations’ lead agency on the implementation of high quality censuses, and works to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

WorldPop Project is a research programme at the University of Southampton (UK) which provides an open access archive of spatial demographic datasets. Its mission is to improve the spatial demographic evidence base for low- and middle-income countries to support development, disaster response and health applications.

The Flowminder Foundation is a non-profit organisation that provides insights, tools, and capacity strengthening to governments, international agencies and NGOs to address development and humanitarian challenges. Its mission is to improve national and international data systems to meet the needs of decision makers, providing insights, data, tools and capacity to improve the lives of vulnerable people at scale.

Our donors

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

FCDO is the part of the United Kingdom government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.