Roundtable on

Use of Geospatial Data and Technology to Address Development Challenges
Date: 4 April 2019 | Time: 1130-1530 hrs


The role and financing of infrastructure to enhance economic growth has been a major focus of development sector globally. With rapid urbanization, many economies face the challenge of constructing, expanding and maintaining infrastructure.

The World Bank has estimated that to address infrastructure deficit in the developing world will require an additional $93 billion per year. This amount exceeds the capacity of developing countries and necessitates a role for development banks.

Considering the climate change impact and to ensure environmental sustainability, development banks and government from developing countries need to rely on innovation and adoption of technology that can help them deliver more sustainable and resilient infrastructure through more economical, social, and environmentally responsible practices.

The Role of Geospatial

The United Nations has corroborated the significance of leveraging geospatial data for policy making, programming and project operations to realize the Sustainable Development Goals and its associated targets. More recently, in August 2018, in partnership with The World Bank, UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) launched the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework as a guide to help governments develop, access, and use geospatial information to make effective policies and more accurately direct aid and development resources.

What will be discussed?

  • Value of geospatial technology in institutional business
  • Issues in geospatial data collection in development projects
  • How to take geospatial data and technology exchange between government and non-government agencies to the next level
  • Incorporating geospatial components into tender documentation and contracting
  • Driving maximum return on geospatial investment

Who should attend?

The roundtable will gather stakeholders from the development sector to discuss how geospatial data and technology can contribute in addressing infrastructure development challenges across the globe. Target participants will be from:

  • Multilateral Organizations
  • Bilateral Organizations
  • Funding Agencies
  • Development Organizations
  • Government from Developing Countries