The Mapping Invisible Populations Project, an innovative initiative by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), created in collaboration with Flowminder and Humanitarian Open Street Map, won the '2023 Better Satellite World Award'.
The project was developed in 2023 with the central aim of providing support services to hard-to-reach populations. Using geospatial data, satellite imagery mapping techniques and GIS methodologies, the Mapping Invisible Populations project gathers satellite and spatial data and combines it with population estimates analysed by its partners to determine the location of these underserved populations. Subsequently, these estimates are verified by community informants for further corroboration. The objective is to identify populations living in areas that are large enough to justify IRC investing resources, time, and risk to provide medical and humanitarian assistance.
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