Spatially accurate and up-to-date population and settlement data are widely used in planning and decision-making in both the public and private sectors. This information can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of policies and resources, monitor progress, and identify those who might otherwise be left behind. Understanding where people live and work, and the type and condition of their housing and other infrastructure, is critical in times of disaster, enabling emergency responders to reach those most in need more quickly with appropriate assistance.
The POPGRID Data Collaborative brings together and expands the international community of data providers, users, and donors who are collecting, supporting, and utilizing georeferenced data on population, human settlements, and infrastructure. The Collaborative seeks to improve data access, timeliness, consistency, and utility; support data use and interpretation; identify and address pressing user needs; reduce duplication and user confusion; and encourage innovation and cross-disciplinary use. Partners bring expertise and perspectives from diverse natural, social, health, and engineering sciences, and from government, academia, private sector, and non-governmental organizations.