Global MapAid - a call for action under programme

Posted in Peace and Conflict | 13-Jan-14 | Author: Rupert Douglas-Bate

The mission of the NGO Global MapAid (GMA) is to scientifically map populations to identify unemployment poverty, providing a tool to help world leaders including governments, business people and development organisations to target and plan efficient intervention strategies to lift people out of poverty. Unemployment poverty encourages extremism of different types, so this is a valid aspect of "soft security." Our impartial maps inspire and encourage the best chances for bankrolling of sustainable jobs and small businesses - we believe Adam Smith was right and capitalism should serve all people.

This Christmas we are running a campaign called "MAPGAP.ORG" to help make maps for the United Kingdom and Ethiopia – and next stop Europe and Africa and the rest of the world.

In addition to the vital need to create maps to show where sustainable jobs are needed, GMA researches the numbers and types of jobs that will match local market needs. So, our maps are about creating a passion with numbers:-

• Maps Vision Inspiration of Networks Intelligent Action

• Zero Maps Blindness Lethargy of Networks Inaction

GMA was started at Stanford University in 2003 and latterly has received business development from Henley Business School, U.K. Since 2003 it has been operational in several poverty hotspots including South Africa, Indonesia and Afghanistan, winning the support of our Patron, Nobel Winner, Desmond Tutu.

Afghan children in a refugee camp outside Kabul: “Now in a refugee camp, where will these Afghan children end up, without jobs ?”

Global problem & some solutions

The world is facing an unprecedented set of problems, and one of the biggest is hunger-related-poverty which UNICEF claims kills over 10 million children per year. Hunger is generally solved when parents have jobs.

To beat hunger-poverty, the creation of meaningful wealth creating jobs, is an imperative: "Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime..."

Due diligence is required, firstly to examine and map the number of people below the poverty line. Secondly to examine and map how sustainable jobs could be created to give the maximum chances of their success....

London precedent 1889

During the 1890s many Londoners lived in terrible poverty. Charles Booth was a successful businessman who believed that social reformers had over-estimated that 25% of the population lived below the poverty line. He paid for a scientific survey to prove the matter once and for all, and the subsequent London Poverty Map 1898 showed that about 33% of Londoners lived in abject poverty. This scientific discovery raised the level of debates in Parliament and throughout the country's leadership.

Within 20 years of his 1889 map, the British government set up a state old age pension and massively increased universal education possibilities and initiated huge slum clearances, all of which began to create a workforce that was happier, better equipped and far more economically productive.

Kosovo precedent 2000

The author set up a team in Kosovo in April 2000 to make a map showing where social enterprises were doing job creation. There were some big blanks in the middle and a big cluster to the west, where the German government was cleverly putting money in to sustainable job creation - as they had worked out that most of their refugees were from the west. And other donors and NGO's had then been putting money there too, out of fashion sense!

The first map was shared with the social enterprises and six months later another map was cut. This time, it showed the blanks had been filled in. It became clear that this first map had forced the issue away from fashion - and onto hard reality.

Current Projects

United Kingdom

Global MapAid is currently developing a UK Poverty Solutions Map starting in London, to show where the worst areas for unemployment overlap with the worst areas for vocational education. Not surprisingly these areas seem to coincide in between and near 'the ganglands', where the London riots of summer 2011 kicked off.


Poverty is of course relative and not limited to 'economic poverty'. In Ethiopia the level of economic poverty is astounding, with many small children on the streets begging or selling chewing gum. The corollary is that given the chance, they could one day make very good salesmen and saleswomen in a global context. (The author, who was also once a full time salesman, has bought many packs of chewing gum.)

In summary, anecdotal reports state that just 2,000 people pay 80% of Ethiopian taxes, in ratio to a population of some 84 million who pay the rest. About 46% are under the age of 14 and the total population could reach 150 million by 2050.

Global MapAid realises that population growth is directly related to unemployment poverty, the need to have children acts as an insurance policy for old age when the chances of working or finding work rapidly diminish.

We have teamed up with the Association of Micro Finance Institutions and The Addis Ababa University and are now collecting data for a micro-credit map of Addis Ababa, to create the same impact that Charles Booths map, see below.

The target audience for this map will be similar to Charles Booths audience – World leaders, including the NGOs, the donors, politicians, business people, the media....

• GMA needs one or two really serious philanthropists or corporate partners. We have plans we can share with prospects and we will call these chosen prospects: "President for Global MapAid."

• GMA needs access to new business and corporate networks, through business people. We will call these chosen people: "Ambassadors for Global MapAid."

Where will "today's Charles Booths" come from, to show the way for world leaders ?

Anyone out there with any questions, bring it on:-

+44 7951 958758:  UK