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A Geographic Approach to International Development. Carrie Stokes USAID Geographer & GeoCenter Director. USG Foreign Assistance. We partner to end extreme poverty & promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security & prosperity.

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A geographic approach to international development

A Geographic Approach to International Development

Carrie Stokes

USAID Geographer &GeoCenter Director


USG Foreign Assistance

We partner

to end extreme poverty &

promote resilient, democratic societies

while advancing our security & prosperity

Agriculture * Biodiversity * Climate Change * Conflict * Democracy & Governance

Economic Growth * Education * Humanitarian Assistance * Health * Water

U.S. Global Development Lab

Applying science, technology, innovation, & partnership

to help solve the world’s greatest challenges


What Do We Do?

Geographic analysis for development programming

  • Where is priority development need concentrated?

  • Where are we working?

  • How do the two (above) compare?

  • Is the same project more effective in one location vs. another?

  • Can we leverage investments across sectors in the same area?


How Do We Do It?

  • Mapping & analysis

  • Build Agency capacity to use geographic data and tools

  • Establish methods to collect, manage, & share data

  • Engage with geospatial communities: interagency, international, academic, non-governmental, private sector


Example Projects

  • Foreign Assistance Dashboard - mapping USAID investments

  • Geographic analysis of human vulnerability in the Sahel of W. Africa

  • Electric power access in East Africa

  • Mapping access to health services in Malawi

  • Countering human trafficking in Southeast Asia

  • Immigration of unaccompanied children from Central America

  • Open Data: mapping for resilience & disasters

  • Geographic prioritization in Indonesia










Results by the Numbers

  • $20+ million worth of hi-res imagery leveraged

  • 16,000+ buildings mapped by volunteers

  • 420 USAID staff trained

  • 60 projects completed

  • 50 Field offices assisted

  • 1 global network of USAID Geo-Specialists established

Interactive map

www. usaid.gov/GlobalDevLab


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