Abstract: Geospatial Economic Research in Uganda

In partnership with AidData and the Economic Policy Research Center in Kampala Uganda, I will conduct geospatial research on a variety of topics. Chief among these will be analyzing new trade avenues that have sprung up between Uganda and the newly formed South Sudan. In order to conduct this analysis, ArcGIS geospatial software will be used to generate geocoded maps of trade flows. In addition, topics related to healthcare and aid interventions will be explored, including infant mortality. Geospatial comparisons will be made between health outcomes and aid interventions in the East African Region in order to identify gaps in coverage. This research will be conducted full time for 10 weeks in Kampala, Uganda.

Open Data Matters

On July 23rd Uganda’s Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team joined USAID and Youth Mappers on a weeklong pre-assessment trip in Karamoja. These three organizations have partnered to implement the “Mapping for Resilience” project: an initiative out of USAID’s Geocenter in Washington D.C. “Mapping for Resilience” will mobilize local youth to gather much needed data on the undermapped region of Karamoja. Despite a high concentration of aid flowing to the area and a relatively high number of nonprofits located on the ground, partners and government officials work with very little geospatial data and struggle to measure and evaluate programming.

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Putting Uganda on the Map

It is hard to believe that I have been in Uganda for three weeks today! Kampala has become home, HOT colleagues have become friends, and the other AidData Summer Fellows have become family.

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Looking forward to a HOT summer

Hello! My name is Taylor and in a little over a month I will be traveling to Kampala, Uganda to work with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).   HOT uses open data for disaster response and socio-economic development by mapping projects around the world and making geocoded data available in OpenStreetMap. As a team member at HOT, the two main components of my work will be 1) analyzing and visualizing data on financial inclusion in Uganda and 2) creating an interactive web map of HOT’s global impact. These deliverables will call attention to gaps in financial services access in Uganda and allow greater engagement with HOT member projects. I am also looking forward to working with project partners from the University of Makerere and Financial Sector Deepening Uganda to assist in GIS training and data analysis activities.

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The End of the Road

What a close to my final week in Uganda! From Monday to Wednesday, I was traveling around the rapidly-expanding city of Hoima and Lake Albert, which are in the western part of Uganda, to attend a conference on monitoring environmental compliance in the oil and natural gas sectors. This conference brought representatives from dozens of several civil society organizations together with government and oil/natural gas sector officials in an attempt to ensure that all parties involved, most especially marginalized groups, benefit from the recent discovery of Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest untapped oil deposits. However, it often appeared that industry groups and the government sought to limit criticism of extractive activities and their negative impacts on Uganda’s citizens. In our guided tours, we saw much of this. Of the 3 sites that we visited, on buses paid for by Tullow Oil, 2 had been inactive for months and the only active site, Kingfisher Field, we viewed from a distance. This gave valuable insight into some of the issues that Transparency International staff face in promoting an open, productive dialogue between citizens, civil society organizations, government officials, and private industry.

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