Web-based Haiti Aid Map released

Jan 13, 2011 4:55 PM ET

On January 11,  2011, the U.S. Chamber BCLC and InterAction launched the Haiti Aid Map. This online system gives simple, fast and accurate information about who is doing what, where. It has become a valuable tool for NGOs working in Haiti and has helped them to better use resources and not replicate what others are doing. It is also a way that donors and members of the public can track progress in the relief and recovery efforts that continue.

The data in the Haiti Aid Map can be customized, making searches more targeted. For example, one map features water, sanitation and hygiene projects which is overlaid with data on the cholera outbreak. The site can be browsed by location, sector, organization or project, and also features maps highlighting NGOs’ work in key areas, such as health, shelter, and education.

What People Are Saying:  

"The challenges facing Haiti’s recovery are immense but, until now, it has been difficult to get a clear view of the whole picture. The mapping tool will be a vital resource for helping companies, NGOs and government agencies understand where the critical needs are and where they can make the biggest difference." (Stephen Jordan, Executive Director, U.S. Chamber BCLC)

“Not only does this technology help to dramatically improve the transparency of recovery and reconstruction in Haiti, but it also highlights gaps in services, and facilitates coordination and partnerships among various actors working in Haiti.” (Samuel A. Worthington, President and CEO, InterAction)

“The map shows the scope of each agency's humanitarian work on the ground, which makes it a valuable tool for transparency and accountability.” (Michael Delaney, Director of Humanitarian Response, Oxfam America)

“As Save the Children seeks to work in partnership with other NGOs, we would refer to the Haiti map to understand which NGOs work in each specific geographical area and their areas of expertise.  Additionally, as an agency that has had a long-term presence in Haiti, we’re often asked to refer other organizations operating in Haiti. This tool will allow us to respond to such requests as it provides so much relevant information on many of the active organizations in Haiti all in one place.  In this regard, it offers “one-stop shopping.” (Nathalie Augustin, Director, Haiti Stakeholder Liaison, Save the Children)