State of the Map Africa 2021

Growing OSM in Eastern and Southern Africa - Challenges and Opportunities
2021-11-19, 13:35–14:35 (UTC), Room 1
Language: English

This panel discussion will bring together leaders from the Eastern and Southern Africa region to dissect the progress of OpenStreetMap in the regions. Facilitated by the Eastern and Southern Africa Open Mapping regional hub, the panel discussion will look at challenges and opportunities of OSM in the region through discussions with panelists from OSM Communities, INGOs, regional bloc bodies, national disaster agencies and government. Panelists will share their candid challenges and opportunities for transformation of their work through mapping, GIS and open data in regard to OpenStreetMap in their nations and region at large.


Since its inception in 2004, OpenStreetMap has been growing steadily in Africa, through the work of different actors, from OSM communities, to YouthMappers chapters, to humanitarian organisations, development actors and government agencies who use the data.

This panel discussion will bring together leaders from the Eastern and Southern Africa region to dissect the progress of OpenStreetMap in the regions. Facilitated by the Eastern and Southern Africa Open Mapping regional hub, the panel discussion will look at challenges and opportunities of OSM in the region through discussions with panelists from OSM Communities, INGOs, regional bloc bodies, national disaster agencies and government. Panelists will share their candid challenges and opportunities for transformation of their work through mapping, GIS and open data in regard to OpenStreetMap in their nations and region at large.

David is the Regional Partnerships Manager for the Easter and Southern Africa Open Mapping Hub. In this role, he supports the building of partnerships in the region between mapping communities, humanitarian organisations, development partners, academia, local governments and government agencies to further mapping efforts with the aim of creating and using map data for discussion making. Previously, working with HOT as Programs Manager, David supported mapping projects in both urban and rural settings on projects focused on sustainable cities, disaster preparedness, and government service delivery. His work cuts across Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.