The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Tuesday, May 17 • 16:00 - 16:45
Participatory GIS (pGIS) for Community Resilience FULL

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In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan caused catastrophic damage in Eastern Leyte, Philippines. With no early warning systems in place, 315 km/h sustained winds and 20 ft. storm surges took many residents' lives and property. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) initiated the Planning for Resilience and Effective Preparedness (PREP) project in two Haiyan-affected municipalities which have high risks of flooding and/or storm surge. Participatory mapping builds community capacity to address climate-related hazards that threaten their wellbeing. Government disaster risk maps do not usually include the voices of the frontlines, particularly the most vulnerable, and often rely on outdated data. Community voices add valuable specificity and relevance for use in more effective disaster risk reduction planning at all levels.
In the Philippines, there is a high level of technological literacy; the majority of adults and youth have the capacity to use smart phones and applications. CRS introduced an easy-to-use, customized mobile application named ArcGIS Collector, for community members to plot key infrastructures, evacuation centers, hazards, and risk. pGIS revolutionizes risk mapping from normally hand-drawn maps to high quality GIS maps. These digital maps are stored in the cloud preventing damage/loss during storms. These maps are now the primary information base that help local governments design inclusive evacuation routes/centers, effective early warning systems, and preposition relief goods.

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Janeen Kim Cayetano

Geographic Information Systems Analyst, Catholic Relief Services
Janeen Kim Cayetano is a graduate of BS Geography at the University of the Philippines. She currently works as a GIS Analyst at Catholic Relief Services based in the Philippines providing remote GIS support to CRS programs worldwide. Also serves as a key member of the ICT4D community... Read More →
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Ian Carlo Zuñiga

GIS Specialist, Catholic Relief Services
Ian Carlo Zuñiga is currently a GIS specialist for Catholic Relief Services-Philippines in Eastern Samar. His work there involves empowering various communities through the use of maps and building their capacity in disaster risk reduction and management. Aside from engaging in DRRM... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:00 - 16:45 EAT
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