Humanitarian OSM Team/Priority countries

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HOT has committed to furthering its longer-term vision by prioritising support and investment across 94 countries through 2025 (previous to 2020, HOT didn't explicitly prioritise particular geographical areas). Initial priority countries were selected based primarily on disaster risk and acute deprivations needs (measured through the multidimensional poverty index).

HOT Priority Country list by region

HOT Priority Countries (last updated 04 October 2021)
Priority country Region
Belize Latin America and Caribbean
Bolivia Latin America and Caribbean
Brazil Latin America and Caribbean
Chile Latin America and Caribbean
Costa Rica Latin America and Caribbean
Ecuador Latin America and Caribbean
El Salvador Latin America and Caribbean
Guatemala Latin America and Caribbean
Haiti Latin America and Caribbean
Honduras Latin America and Caribbean
Mexico Latin America and Caribbean
Nicaragua Latin America and Caribbean
Panama Latin America and Caribbean
Peru Latin America and Caribbean
Uruguay Latin America and Caribbean
Venezuela Latin America and Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda Latin America and Caribbean
Dominica Latin America and Caribbean
Dominican Republic Latin America and Caribbean
Guyana Latin America and Caribbean
Jamaica Latin America and Caribbean
Trinidad and Tobago Latin America and Caribbean
Afghanistan Asia Pacific
Bangladesh Asia Pacific
Bhutan Asia Pacific
Brunei Darussalam Asia Pacific
Cambodia Asia Pacific
Federated States of Micronesia Asia Pacific
Fiji Asia Pacific
India Asia Pacific
Indonesia Asia Pacific
Kiribati Asia Pacific
Lao People's Democratic Republic Asia Pacific
Malaysia Asia Pacific
Myanmar Asia Pacific
Nepal Asia Pacific
Pakistan Asia Pacific
Papua New Guinea Asia Pacific
Philippines Asia Pacific
Solomon Islands Asia Pacific
Sri Lanka Asia Pacific
Timor-Leste Asia Pacific
Tonga Asia Pacific
Uzbekistan Asia Pacific
Vanuatu Asia Pacific
Viet Nam Asia Pacific
Yemen Asia Pacific
Algeria Western & Northern Africa
Benin Western & Northern Africa
Burkina Faso Western & Northern Africa
Cameroon Western & Northern Africa
Cape Verde Western & Northern Africa
Central African Republic Western & Northern Africa
Chad Western & Northern Africa
Congo Western & Northern Africa
Cote d'Ivoire Western & Northern Africa
Equatorial Guinea (Centrale) Western & Northern Africa
Gambia Western & Northern Africa
Ghana Western & Northern Africa
Guinea Western & Northern Africa
Guinea-Bissau Western & Northern Africa
Liberia Western & Northern Africa
Mali Western & Northern Africa
Mauritania Western & Northern Africa
Morocco Western & Northern Africa
Niger Western & Northern Africa
Nigeria Western & Northern Africa
São Tomé and Príncipe Western & Northern Africa
Senegal Western & Northern Africa
Sierra Leone Western & Northern Africa
Togo Western & Northern Africa
Angola Eastern & Southern Africa
Burundi Eastern & Southern Africa
Comoros Eastern & Southern Africa
Democratic Republic of Congo Eastern & Southern Africa
Djibouti Eastern & Southern Africa
Egypt Eastern & Southern Africa
eSwatini Eastern & Southern Africa
Ethiopia Eastern & Southern Africa
Kenya Eastern & Southern Africa
Lesotho Eastern & Southern Africa
Madagascar Eastern & Southern Africa
Malawi Eastern & Southern Africa
Mauritius Eastern & Southern Africa
Mozambique Eastern & Southern Africa
Namibia Eastern & Southern Africa
Rwanda Eastern & Southern Africa
Somalia Eastern & Southern Africa
South Sudan Eastern & Southern Africa
Sudan Eastern & Southern Africa
Tanzania Eastern & Southern Africa
Uganda Eastern & Southern Africa
Zambia Eastern & Southern Africa
Zimbabwe Eastern & Southern Africa

Priority lists for Latin America and Caribbean and Western and Northern Africa are italicised as the list has not been validated by a regional Open Mapping Hub team (hub teams are not yet in place) and are subject to possible change.

HOT Priority Countries - number per region (last updated 04 October 2021)
Region Number of priority countries
Latin America and Caribbean 22
Asia Pacific 25
Western and Northern Africa 24
Eastern and Southern Africa 23

Priority country change log

Priority country change log
Date Change description Justification Region / hub Table updated?
No changes so far...

Country Re-prioritisation Process

To remain responsive to evolving humanitarian and data needs, HOT provides standard procedures for:

  • adjusting the global list of priority countries
  • prioritising countries within each region
  • prioritising geographic areas within a single country (not included here).

Regional Open Mapping Hub teams and management will have the primary responsibility and decision-making authority to change priority countries and sub-national priorities, in alignment with and collaboratively with Functional leads.

Priority country process diagram
Priority country process diagram

National Priorities:

Lead: Regional Open Mapping Hub hub teams & mgmt.

Consulted: Relevant Functional teams

Decision-maker: Regional Open Mapping Hub management (unless exceptions requiring HOT senior management team)

Adjusting the global list of priority countries

The global priority country list will be reviewed annually during the annual planning process and mid-cycle based on recommendations from community location experts. In both cases, the relevant regional Open Mapping Hub team(s) will take the lead on assessment using a Country Assessment Tool. This analysis should be led by Open Mapping Hub Directors. Elements of the Country Assessment Tool include, but are not limited to: value, ethics and sectoral alignment, security & risk analysis, sustainability assessments, team capacity and budget. Upon analysis using  the Country Assessment Tool, the Regional Director solicits input from affected functional teams for input (eg. global finance team for budget implications, global operations team for risk/security, etc). Recommendations for adding or removing countries made by the Open Mapping Hub Director are accepted as final unless one of the exceptions in the process diagram applies. The country list will then be adjusted and communicated to inform community stakeholders and donors.