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MapLesotho is project to map the African country of Lesotho through a combination of local engagement, field trips, and global community tracing exercises - website and blog

Field trips


In June 2016 there was an big serious of mapping events around the country, involving a travelling a high speed modem!

blog post

2013 / 2014

In conjunction with Action Ireland Trust, a number of Irish OSM members from Fingal County Council traveled to Lesotho for a number of weeks in 2013 and then again early in 2014 to assist and train district planners in utilising OSM data. This was done in agreement with the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftainship and the Chief Physical Planner of Lesotho. The trip culminated in an historic memorandum of understanding between Lesotho and Fingal County Council mentioned here:

Lesotho & Irish mappers using OSM
OSM data used to highlight buildings under construction in Mafeteng
Local Lesotho mappers performing surveys prior to adding data to OSM


Another group are currently travelling there (early 2015) with the following objectives as part of their visit:

  • Create an OSM community in Lesotho by engaging with local communities and providing training and guidance on surveying and updating OSM
  • Create a basemap of the country for use by all
  • Create an evidence base for decision makers
  • Create an awareness of Urban Design
Members from the newly formed OpenStreetMap Lesotho appear on national TV in Lesotho to discuss #MapLesotho

Global community tracing

HOT Task # 599 Lesotho Rural Task (looking empty before being coloured in with complete squares!

As part the MapLesotho initiative the wider OpenStreetMap community collaborated on a mapping push to boost coverage across a vast rural area of Lesotho. This was coordinated using the OSM Tasking Manager, and Tasking Manager Project 299, one of the largest projects ever set up on the tasking manager, is now looking pretty complete! This was achieved over two coordinated mapping pushes:

See the Lesotho page for coordination of further mapping