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aidWORK: a participatory, interactive map for project management, employee engagement and cross-organisational collaboration

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Publication date20/06/2014
Original languageEnglish
EventOxford Humanitarian Innovation Conference - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 19/07/201420/07/2014


ConferenceOxford Humanitarian Innovation Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


One of the most pressing ongoing challenges facing humanitarian and development organisations is the effective and efficient coordination of resources, projects and priorities. This is often complicated by real and perceived disconnects between and amongst field workers, headquarters and local needs. We believe that increasing transparency and dialogue through participatory mapping of projects may help to address these issues. We have designed aidWORK, a web-based desktop and mobile mapping platform that allows organisations to share current and planned projects. The tool also empowers field workers to geographically highlight and tag areas that they believe are not being targeted by existing work. This democratises organisational project planning; field workers on the ground can help staff in headquarters visualise what areas need to be targeted and in what manner. Moreover, if deployed simultaneously across multiple organisations, field workers will be able to use the map to connect with their nearby peers. This could facilitate space and place-based pan-organisational collaboration in an innovative and targeted manner.