Gareth Willmer is a freelance writer and subeditor based in London. His main coverage areas are science, technology and telecoms, as well as how changes and advances in these areas affect the developing world. He regularly works for publications including New Scientist and SciDev.Net, and previously worked as a subeditor for Nature.
Collaborative projects for mapping in disaster, health, and conflict situations are on the rise as satellite technologies improve, becoming accessible for a much wider range of people worldwide. Many of these initiatives rely on volunteers, with students ideally placed to step in.
Several groups with a focus on risk reduction are pushing to increase women’s involvement — a key priority of the United Nations' Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction — and to close the gender data gap to better inform efforts moving forward.
The ability to map accurately and in detail is crucial for getting medical aid to people who need it. Devex takes a look at how satellites address data gaps as the world seeks to achieve universal health coverage.
High-resolution satellite imagery is allowing ever more insight to aid the activities of smallholder farmers, opening doors for businesses, funders, and NGOs to help secure food for the future. How can they harness the advances in technology to achieve this? Devex takes a closer look.
Global tech players are touting a plethora of options to break down the digital divide, from a new wave of higher-throughput satellites to Internet balloons and drones. How can NGOs stay ahead of the curve and engage with players such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft more effectively?