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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

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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

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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?
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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
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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
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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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