Our Background

OPEN STREET MAP UGANDA was founded in 2012 with a vision to create a GIS awareness through promoting OpenStreet Map and Open data and creating a network of resilient mappers that could tackle the global sustainable goals. Since 2012, there has been a hive of mapping activities done randomly engaging various communities.

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With several mapping accomplishments, a need arose to get organised and have common point of reference and continuity. Hence in 2016 Open StreetMap Uganda was registered as an NGO and registered as a company in April 2017. In the same year the organisation hosted State of the Map Conference in Kampala and a few small mapping projects were achieved.

The governing authority is from the Board of Directors that is nominated annually through the Annual General Assembly, an Executive Director spearheads the vision of the organization.

At the end of 2017 Map Uganda was embraced into a World Bank consortium for an OpenStreetMap project as a partner with HOT. Map Uganda is part of the Open Cities Forum with the objectives to grow partnerships and catalyze the creation, management and use of open data to produce innovative solutions for urban planning and resilience challenges. The World Bank, through its Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), launched the Open Cities Project, which has also impacted Uganda through engaging with KCCA on a Ggaba project that focuses on Disaster Reduction and Recovery on a lake shore village Katogo-Ggaba under the World Bank Funding. This project is geared towards finding a solution to floods, fire hazards, drainage risks in the community dwellings and market vendor’s place in Ggaba Trading Centre.

From February-April 2018 Map Uganda has been Smart Cities Project Funded State of the Map-Africa in partnership with KCCA- Solid Waste Management Department.

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Past achievements

  • Youth Mappers
  • Safemotos
  • Mapping For Financial Inclusion
  • Where is my Transport?
  • State of The Map Africa
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The some of the first members of Map Uganda

Founding Members

These are the founding members of Map Uganda:

Geoffrey Kateregga

Geoffrey Kateregga

Douglas Ssebagala

Deogratius Kiggudde

Inaugural board

  • Douglas Ssebagala - Acting ED
  • Deogratius Kiggudde - Operations Manager
  • Geoffrey Kateregga
  • Ketty Adoch
  • Lydia Letaru
  • David Luswata
  • Samson Ngumenawe