Space Technology is obviously shaping how organizations, especially those concerned with development and poverty alleviation do their work.
USAID is one of those organizations. In July 2016, USAID collaborated with NASA( The National Aeronautics and Space Administration_ – which is an independent Agency of the executive branch of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research), for this particular purpose.
This was been achieved through the launch of the SERVIR program , which a joint effort by both USAID(United States Agency for International Development) AND NASA.
SERVIR Programs have been in implemented in Africa and Asia. The programs facilitate the provision of the state-of-the-art, satellite-based Earth monitoring, imaging and mapping data, geospatial information, predictive models and science applications to help improve environmental decision-making among developing nations in eastern and southern Africa, the Hindu-Kush region of the Himalayas and the lower Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia.
NASA is definitely aligning its priorities with the global development community in contributing and mobilizing around the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This can be seen on the groundbreaking achievements of their Journey to Mars, aiming at getting humans to the red planet in the 2030s. Therefore, this ground breaking collaboration between these two organizations is a clear indication and example that collaboration between the Geospatial and space technology industry and the development sector are taking off.
The first SERVIR hub was launched in Panama in 2005. SERVIR currently operates in four hubs: the East and Southern Africa hub at the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development in Nairobi, Kenya; the Mekong hub at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand; the Himalaya hub at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal; and most recently, the West Africa hub at the AGRHYMET regional center in Niamey, Niger.
Space technology helps development agencies to determine those information gaps that they can fill to spur decision making and change the way they do things today. In addition it makes them serve their communities better through informing them appropriately with correct data.
To Learn More on the Servir Program and how you can be a part of it. Please follow this link on SERVIR PROGRAMS.
Here is also a video on how important space Technologies are to development.
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