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Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Deploys to Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Sunday, March 21, 2010.

A Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT) Team was deployed to Port au Prince last night with all the equipment needed to train earthquake responders on OpenStreetMap. Essentially, OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world.  Why does this matter to Haiti? OpenStreetMap, being available to everyone without cost, provides a mechanism for humanitarian responders and development actors to rapidly share geographic information.  The HOT team will spend the next several weeks in Port au Prince helping to bring this about.  Read more »

Tracking Microfinance in Haiti and Elsewhere

By Bryan Schaaf on Thursday, September 24, 2009.

IndiaMicrofinance has been successful throughout the world, including in Haiti. Thanks to Mix Market, there is now an application that allows users to track microfinance.  Mix Market has published data on more than 1,500 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in 190 countries.  As Development Seed puts it,"The Mix Market is a Bloomberg for microfinance...it opens this information up to help MFIs, researchers, raters, evaluators, and governmental and regulatory agencies better see the marketplace, and that makes for better international development." Read more »