Since 2011, the GeoCenter has led USAID in applying a geographic approach to development by utilizing technology, creating new data, and leveraging expertise to address international development challenges. 

The application of geospatial technologies helps international development practitioners better understand where need is greatest and prioritize the areas where future investments could have a significant impact. The GeoCenter uses geospatial technology, data analytics, and visualization techniques to improve the strategic planning, design, monitoring, and evaluation of Agency programs. Through the collection of economic, demographic, and geographic information, the GeoCenter generates custom analyses and maps for USAID field Missions and technical offices. Ultimately, the GeoCenter builds the capacity of USAID to make data-driven decisions that support countries on the journey to self-reliance. 

MAPPING, ANALYSIS, AND VISUALIZATION

The GeoCenter uses geospatial technology, data analytics and visualization techniques to improve the strategic planning, design, monitoring and evaluation of USAID's programs.


A NEW GENERATION OF DIGITAL MAPSThe GeoCenter is working with university students around the world to create new geospatial data in unmapped places. The new mapping data is published on a web-based, open data platform and is used by USAID programs.
CREATING A DATA-DRIVEN CULTURE
The GeoCenter is developing a generation of development practitioners that can more effectively use geospatial technology and data to make informed decisions that improve the strategic planning, design, monitoring and evaluation of USAID's programs.

About USAID's Center for Digital Development

The rapid development and adoption of digital technology are transforming industries, governments, economies, and societies. Digital ecosystems hold immense potential to help people live more free and prosperous lives. At the same time, digital transformation comes with the risk of increasing inequality, repression, and instability. Together with our partners, USAID works to end the need for foreign assistance through digitally supported programming that fosters partner countries’ self-reliance and maximizes the benefits, while managing the risks, that digital technology introduces into the lives of the communities we serve. To learn more about our work, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter.