Our Background

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

Data collection training
With several mapping accomplishments, OpenStreetMap 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 , the first ever OpenStreetMap conference in Africa. A few mapping projects were also achieved that year.

The governing authority is the Board of Directors that is nominated annually through the Annual General Meeting, 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 called as a partner with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. OpenStreetMap 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 project in Ggaba parish, Kampala that focuses on Disaster Reduction and Recovery near the shores of Lake Victoria, with a focus on Ggaba Water, Ggaba Trading Center and Katoogo. This project is geared towards finding a solution to floods, fire hazards, drainage risks that affect the community and market vendors in Ggaba Trading Centre.

From February-April 2018 Map Uganda ran a project called Smart Cities Funded by Open Data for Sustainable Development(AODC) in partnership with KCCA - Solid Waste Management Department to help manage the garbage collection in Kampala City.

OpenStreetMap Uganda was also been involved in a Uganda Open Mapping/Open Cities Kampala project for disaster risk Management in Ggaba parish, Kampala. This was a World Bank project under GFDRR and has been a partnership with HOT, GeoGecko and the lead partner ITHACA with support from government agencies like UBOS, KCCA and Office of the Prime Minister department responsible for disaster risk management. The project is to address the flooding in Ggaba caused by heavy rains and the rising water level in L.Victoria.

Past achievements

  • Youth Mappers
  • Safemotos
  • Mapping For Financial Inclusion
  • Where is my Transport?
  • State of The Map Africa
Group Photo
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