OSM Mapping for People Living in Protracted Crisis Dzaleka Malawi

OpenStreetMap, drones, and other open geospatial technologies are being used by the Dzaleka mapping project to map out facilities in vulnerable and marginalized populations such as refugee camps. The project will generate geospatial data from within the camp, such as education centers, health care centers, water stations, and buildings/housing, in order to highlight the provision of fundamental/basic services with the use of data.

Dzaleka refugee camp is the largest camp in Malawi that was established in 1994 by UNHCR in response to a surge of forcibly displaced people fleeing genocide, violence, and wars in Burundi, Rwanda, and the D.R. Congo. It was meant to house 10,000 people but has reached its maximum absorption and now has over 43,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers. This increase means that the resources in the camp barely cater to the needs of the already vulnerable population. 

The Dzaleka mapping project aims at generating geospatial data by integrating drones, OpenStreetMap, and other geospatial technologies. The data generated will show the provision of basic needs at the refugee camp. Mapping out the different centers together with their relevant statistics will allow us and any interested party to get a picture of the extent to which people living in the camp have access to the different amenities.

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