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At the end of 2019, countries in the Horn of Africa began to suffer the impacts of locust swarms. Later, the locust migrated to regions in Southwest Asia. Unfortunately, the impacts on farmers are devastating. Furthermore, the combined impact of these locust plague and COVID-19 is having a toll of the livelihoods of many farmers in these regions. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has indicated that 42 million people are facing severe acute food insecurity because of this plague.

Since the end of 2019, the Aerospace Information Research Institute (ARI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has been tracking the temporal and geospatial dynamics of the locust plague in the Horn of Africa, Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia. To track this plague, experts from the Vegetation Remote Sensing & Pest and Disease Application Research Team of ARI developed the Vegetation Pests and Diseases…

Publishing date 13/08/2020
In the latest example of anticipatory humanitarian action, the United Nations released $5.2 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help communities in Bangladesh prepare themselves ahead of major monsoon floods. The allocation of funds to agencies in the country to prepare to deliver support was triggered by a forecast from the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), which predicted areas having a greater than 50 per cent chance of experiencing a severe flood between 14 and 16 July. Following a second forecast by the Government’s Flood Forecasting… more
Publishing date 21/07/2020
As the African space sector is growing rapidly, with Ethiopia being the latest country from the region to [launch its first satellite](, the number of initiatives to make use of space technologies in sustainable development is increasing. In November 2019, for instance, Egypt launched the [African Development Satellite Project]( at a meeting with heads of space agencies from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Morocco and Botswana. Among others, the project aims to develop a space system able to monitor the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and their impact on the African continent. The [African Resource Management Constellation (ARMC)](, which was revitalized in 2018 and is… more
Publishing date 12/12/2019

Timely and reliable information about precipitation, soil moisture and vegetation health provide essential insights for early detection of drought. Space-based information, which helps monitor these parameters, is a central data source for effective drought early warning systems.

Upon the request of the Government of Ethiopia, UN-SPIDER is carrying out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Addis Ababa from 26 to 30 August to support the country in making use of the benefits of space technology for drought early warning. The team of experts from UN-SPIDER and the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at the University of Bonn, a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, is meeting a wide range of stakeholders in the country to identify how space-based information is currently used in the context of disaster management and drought monitoring in particular, and to make recommendations as…

Publishing date 28/08/2019
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Colombia, Ethiopia and Bangladesh will receive Esri’s support to enhance their climate resilience. They will learn how to visualize, understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Together with the White House and six other institutions, Esri will contribute through tools and trainings to the climate-resilient development of these three countries. Esri has already established a collaborative resource portal for Ethiopia on its online mapping and analysis platform, ArcGIS online, and is planning a further implementation in Colombia and Bangladesh.

“Climate change is a global issue that brings together government, utilities, non-governmental organizations, sophisticated cities, and developing countries. There is no single entity that can help developing countries plan for and adapt to…

Publishing date 11/06/2015

The proclamation of law 808/2013 indicates that the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) will be re-established under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Prime Minister.

The EMA has been largely responsible for the publication and distribution of valuable geo-information data under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED). Among the agency's responsibilities are geodesy measurements of the Earth's surface, aerial photography, satellite imagery, topographic and hydrographic maps.

While the former EMA's mandate involved the duty to report all information only to MoFED, the latter proclamation enables the development of national geospatial data infrastructures that will collect and disseminate geospatial data. As per the proclamation, governmental and non-governmental institutions will benefit from EMA’s geo-data.

Furthermore, the mapping agency is one of the co-organizers of the ninth ministerial conference of the…

Publishing date 14/11/2014

The combined AfricaGIS 2013 and GSDI World Conference was inaugurated in Addis Ababa on 4 November 2013. The conference is jointly by EIS-Africa, the GSDI Association, the International Geospatial Society, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Addis Ababa University and takes place from 4 to 8 November 2013.

AfricaGIS is the largest regularly occurring GIS conference in Africa with participants from the entirety of the continent. The GSDI World Conference has built a reputation for excellence in content and moves across the globe to offer geospatial specialists in all parts of the world opportunities to better exchange ideas and learn from global peers in building spatial data infrastructure. The conference's theme is "Spatial Enablement in Support of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction" aiming to look at ways to spatially enable government, industry and citizens and thus support overall economic development and poverty reduction…

Publishing date 05/11/2013

The above conference was organized by AARSE together with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Ethiopian Mapping Agency and took place from 25 to 29 October. It brought together more than 400 participants from all over the African continent as well as other international experts. Participation ranged from senior scientists and PhD students to government officials and private company representatives. The meeting covered four major topics from a remote sensing perspective: Food and Water Security, Energy Resources, Marine and Coastal Management as well as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). UN-SPIDER actively participated in the conference, especially in the segments on DRR. A presentation was given on the topic of “Space-based solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for Africa” and an exhibition booth was shared with UNECA to provide outreach material to participants and hold numerous discussions on the programme. The event was instrumental…

Publishing date 05/11/2010

 The Organising Committee of the UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop: "Building Upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for Africa", planned for 25 to 28 May 2010, has decided to postpone the event to a later date due to the upcoming National elections in Ethiopia which will be held just before the planned UN-SPIDER event and which might cause logistical inconveniences.

We will inform you immediately once a new date has been identified by the Organizing Committee. Kindly note that all those that have applied will not need to reapply.

Please check the Workshop website for updates

Publishing date 06/04/2010

UN-SPIDER cordially invites you to join the UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop "Building upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for Africa" to take place from 25 to 28 May 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This workshop, which is being organised together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and supported by the Government of Austria, will be the major outreach event organised by UN-SPIDER on space-based information for disaster risk reduction and emergency management for the African continent in 2010.

Certainly, this regional workshop will ensure that participants become aware of the full potential that space-based information offers for disaster risk management and emergency response and how to take advantage of the existing regional and international opportunities in this regard. This will eventually contribute to a reduction in loss of lives and property due to disasters…

Publishing date 23/02/2010

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was established in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the then Organization of African Unity, today African Union. It is an inter-governmental organization and currently has 15 contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions namely; Botswana, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

RCMRD Mission: To provide quality Geo-Information and allied ICT products and services in environmental and resource management for sustainable development in our member countries and beyond.

The ministerial conference is the overall policy and political organ of the RCMRD as well as a platform for promoting its activities at a national and regional levels. Thus, the ministers comprising 20 member states will review and approve a new strategic plan…


In the tradition of previous Africa Data Science workshops, a summer school on machine learning and data science will be held prior to the main workshop. This summer school will target graduate students, researchers and professionals working with huge amounts of data or unique datasets.

The summer school will focus on introductory and advanced lectures in data science and machine learning as well as moderate to advanced practical and tutorial sessions where participants will get their hands wet wrangling and munging datasets and applying cutting edge machine learning techniques to derive inference from the data. Lectures will be given by distinguished world renown researchers and practitioners including researchers from Sheffield University, Amazon, ARM, Facebook, Google, Pulse Lab Kampala, the AI and Data Science (AIR) lab-Makerere University, and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT), African University of Science and Technology (AUST) among others.



The workshop has been organized around paper presentations and interactive panel discussions.

These include the following areas:

  • Data Science for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Disaster response
  • Geospatial modelling
  • Telecommunications data modelling
  • Economic monitoring

During the panel discussions, there will be united a wide range of stakeholders, including data scientists, representatives from government, development practitioners and the private sector. This will provide a unique setting in which innovative solution driven ideas can thrive.

Participants will also develop a framework for attracting young African talent, mentors and researchers from academia, the public sector and the private sector in Africa to engage in activities geared towards harnessing big data and real-time analytics for the public good.

The workshop…


Upon the request of the Government of Ethiopia, UN-SPIDER carried out a Institutional Strengthening Mission to Addis Ababa from 26 to 30 August 2019 to support the country in making use of the benefits of space technology for drought early warning. The team of experts from UN-SPIDER and the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at the University of Bonn, a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, met a wide range of stakeholders in the country to identify how space-based information is currently used in the context of disaster management and drought monitoring in particular, and to make recommendations as to how to further strengthen the use of space technologies in these areas.

Regional Support Offices mentioned: