Final Summary: Cross-cutting PRM Projects

In the past two weeks I have continued working on smaller projects for the PRM office at USAID. I created family planning maps that related pregnancy rates and unmet needs for the health department. Additionally, I have been working on an overarching economic competitiveness project for my supervisor to use in budget planning. I also finished health results visualizations for a new USAID social media campaign to highlight development outcomes in select regions of the Philippines. In my last few days at the mission, I will be working on maps relating poverty rates and Tuberculosis notification rates as well as water accessibility maps for the Philippines.

Smaller Data Projects & Analysis

Since I last posted my work flow has switched to smaller projects requested by employees at the mission. I worked on USAID disaster response project maps by provinces, donors, and municipalities/cities. Additionally, I have attended several meetings about counter terrorism strategies by the Asia Foundation in Mindanao as well as sector meetings for the different departments in the office. Next, I researched published programs on economic inclusivity in growing economies for future use in development aid projects. Lastly, I provided feedback analysis to my supervisor on data collected for USAID partner meetings.

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ISIS Affiliated Group Influence- Mindanao

In the past week the focus of the terrorism project I have been working on has altered to meet the needs of the Economic Development & Governance (OEDG) branch of USAID. Specifically, I have been mapping the influence areas of ISIS-affiliated groups in Mindanao from a TAF CVE study in 2017. These groups include Abu Sayaf Group (ASG), Ansar al-Khalifa Phils (AKP), Khalifa Islamiya Movement (KIM), Dawlah Fi Islamiyah Cotabato (DFIC), and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The Democracy & Governance Specialist that requested this map has asked me to add the spread of influence of ISIS-affiliated groups and their overlap with the same conflict dataset from last week.  Eventually, she will look for other data to overlay with this map like health, education and economic indicators.

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Archive Updates, ARMM, One-Sided & Non-State Actor Conflict

My first two weeks working at USAID/Philippines have gone very well. So far I have met many of the employees working for the mission, attended security briefings, begun working on the government tech system, and spoke with the mission director and GIS analysts about projects to be completed this summer. In the beginning of my stay I focused on updating the U.S. Embassy archives and Philippine project maps created last year for all active USAID projects in the Philippines. My days were spent looking for the missing datasets from the old USAID archives to piece together which projects needed to be removed or added to their records. Additionally, I have helped employees make individual maps for their own projects and distributed resources for future GIS related activities.

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AidData’s summer fellows improve the capacity of developing country stakeholders to use geocoded data, which localizes development project activities down to the district, town or street corner level. As part of AidData’s partnership with USAID through the Higher Education Solutions Network, summer fellows travel to developing countries for two to three months and provide training for researchers, policymakers and civil society members to generate their own geospatial analysis and dynamic maps to better evaluate, coordinate and target development resources. AidData’s summer fellows are embedded in a variety of host organizations, but serve a common purpose-empowering local organizations to leverage geocoded data to solve development challenges in their own communities.

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