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 Global Advisory Board

  • Shaida Badiee Shaida Badiee
  • Oliver Chinganya Oliver Chinganya
  • Dr. Claire Melamed Dr. Claire Melamed
  • Louis Kouakou Louis Kouakou
  • David McNair David McNair

Shaida Badiee is managing director of Open Data Watch, an NGO focused on monitoring and promoting open data in national statistical offices. She has been an active member of the UN Secretary General’s advisory group on data revolution, co-chairs the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Data Network, and has played a key role with the startup of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. As senior advisor, Shaida works closely with the Data2X team focused on knowledge creation and advocacy for closing gender data gaps. She brings 36 years of experience in managing global development statistics at the World Bank and the long-time Director of the Development Data Group. During her tenure, flagship global statistical products were launched such as the World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, and the Atlas of Global Development. In 2010, she led the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative, a ground-breaking program to provide full and free access to the World Bank’s extensive statistical databases. Prior to that, she played a key role in the creation and operation of PARIS21 as well as leading international efforts to coordinate technical and financial support for statistics through initiatives like the Marrakech Action Plan.

Oliver Chinganya is a chartered Statistician with more than 28 years of experience in statistical development. He has a wide experience and knowledge of statistical practice across Africa at both national and international levels. Oliver is also a strong believer in the effectiveness of partnerships, coordination at country, regional and international levels for effective and sustained development programs.

He is currently the Director of the African Centre for Statistics and coordinates the work of UNECA Centre for Excellence Digitization Initiative at UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The African Centre for Statistics’ main mission is to enable national statistical systems in Africa to produce high quality statistics and data including population census and geospatial information to inform sound and evidence decision-making in support of sustainable development, regional and national priorities. During the period 2018-2020 Feb, Oliver was also Acting Director for the Technology, Climate Change, and Natural Resource Management division at UNECA, which focuses in supporting efficient management of the continent’s natural resource endowments, reducing the negative impacts of climate change by moving towards green transitions and climate-resilient development and harnessing new technologies in the context of sustainable development.

Before joining UNECA, he worked for the African Development Bank as Manager in the Statistical Capacity Building Division, at IMF as Regional Resident Advisor, and as Deputy Director at the Zambia Statistical Office respectively. At the Zambia Statistical Office, as Acting Director in 2000, he also managed the census of population and housing.

Dr. Claire Melamed is the CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. This growing network brings together several hundred members — governments, private sector, and civil society — to harness and leverage data and data technology towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. She was previously Managing Director of the Overseas Development Institute, and in 2014, she worked in the office of the UN Secretary General, writing the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution, “A World That Counts”. “We say that every life counts, but we still don’t count every life”, she says in her advocacy to use the knowledge provided by data to improve lives and protect the planet.  Claire is based in London and heads up a global team based in six countries.  Claire serves on a number of Boards and advisory groups for institutions including the UK Office of National Statistics Data Science Campus, Government of UAE Task Force on Global Data Commons, Overseas Development Institute Human Mobility Initiative, and Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Index.

Dr. Louis Kouakou is the acting Director of the statistics department (African Development Bank). He is responsible for providing leadership to the Bank’s Statistics team to support effective development of statistical capacity and systems in African countries. He is also managing the Bank’s Statistics team to help mainstreaming results measurement in Bank operations to ensure their operational effectiveness as well as to support the Bank’s research, policy and financial services.

Louis is a high qualified professional statistician with more than 20 years of effective experience and high-level expertise in Africa-related official statistics, statistical capacity building, data management and dissemination. Louis joined the statistics department in 2000, and since 2018, manages the Economic and Social Statistics Division in the Statistics Department. In this role, he manages and coordinates a team of experienced professionals in the following areas: technical assistance to regional member countries (statistical capacity building); the Africa Information Highway initiative; Infrastructure Statistics in Africa; Economic, Social, Poverty, Vital Statistics, and External Sector statistics; and several initiatives with other regional and international partners.

Prior to joining the Bank in 2000, Louis was a statistical consultant at the Fonds de Développement de la formation professionnelle (FDFP) (Abidjan –Côte d’Ivoire) . He was also a temporary lecturer in statistics and data analysis and quantitative management methods at both the Economics Faculty – University of Abidjan and the “Institut de perfectionnement des cadres” (Abidjan –Côte d’Ivoire).

David McNair is Executive Director for Global Policy at The ONE Campaign, a movement of  millions of people fighting for an end to extreme poverty. Here he focuses on improving  education and health, securing more and better aid, and fighting for gender equality and anti-corruption laws. Previously David worked at Save the Children and Christian Aid. His work has helped secure landmark legislation on anti-corruption and billions of dollars for the fight against infant malnutrition. In 2012 was named one of the 99 top foreign policy leaders under 33. He holds a PhD in Social Geography from the Queen’s University of Belfast.

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.