Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Humanitarian Community 2020

Venue: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Date: postponed to October 2020. please sign for our mailing list to stay updated


The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Humanitarian Community workshop aims to show the importance of GIS during the humanitarian emergency and teach the participants to use adapt it to humanitarian help.  

This workshop will introduce you with a complete humanitarian workflow for field data management using real-life examples. You will learn how to configure and deploy field-productivity apps to meet your data collection needs. Also, you will have an opportunity to use your iOS or Android device to complete the workshop exercises.

The workshop will be divided into short lectures and hands-on exercises using state-of-the-art technology. The field data collection exercise will take place. During this exercise, you will collect the information from around the city simulating a build-up for a Cash-Based Transfer (CBT) for food distribution points for beneficiaries. 

What is CBT?

It is a new method in humanitarian aid where beneficiaries are given money vouchers or pre-paid credit cards so that they can buy their food from the local market instead of the humanitarian agencies bringing food and distributing it to them. That new method does not disrupt the local markets and helps to boost the economy.


  • Examples of Humanitarian Emergencies;
  • Field Data Collection Tools;
  • Field Exercise, data collection around the city;
  • GIS analysis and results.

Level: beginner/ intermediate

Target group

This workshop is open to all levels from beginners to experts GIS practitioners and enthusiasts.


In order to actively participate in the workshop, a Laptop and a mobile phone running iOS or Android are required. Knowledge of English language is required. The software that will be used is based on ESRI ArcGIS. A Free ArcGIS Online account would be needed ( 


Dipl. Ing. Ashraf Abushady

Ashraf is an experienced International Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the United Nations and International Organizations for over 21 years. Skilled in Information Technology, Communications, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Emergency Management, International Relations, Project Coordination, Policy Analysis, and Diplomacy. He is a strong consulting professional with a Master’s of Science in Engineering focused in Communications and Information Technology from the Vienna Technical University.

Additional information

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Humanitarian Community workshop continues the series of joint UN-CEU training events under the ISEPEI Project “Bridging ICTs and the Environment”. The ISEPEI Project aims to address the gap between geospatial industry and environmental practitioners by providing in-service education and professional training for environmental decision-makers and practitioners, who are in a position to greatly benefit from this data revolution to better shape management strategies and to make more informed, data-driven decisions.

The price of the workshop: 700 EUR.

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ISEPEI reserves the right to cancel the course if it fails to meet the requirement of minimum enrolment. We will inform all applicants until April 28 about the confirmation or cancellation of the course.  Should the course be canceled, ISEPEI or summer school will refund 100% of the fee paid. Participants should not purchase tickets or book accommodations before the confirmation date, as the summer school or ISEPEI can only reimburse the fee but no other costs.