2019 - 2021

An interdisciplinary project that involving the use of a wide suite of remotely sensed indicators at different spatial and spectral resolutions, and the implementation of different modelling approaches, with the aim of creating a holistic and open-access tool for slum mapping at different scales, in sub-Saharan Africa.


Nairobi, Kenya - Kisumu, Kenya - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


STEREO-III programme of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO)

The overall objective of SLUMAP is to propose an open-source framework that allows for the processing of remote sensing images for (i) providing information on the location and extension of slums within a city and (ii) characterizing the physical environment within slums (i.e., in terms of greenness, built-up density, etc.) at limited cost. Our methods will be tested on a set of three sub-Saharan cities containing slums with different characteristics, namely Nairobi (Kenya), Kisumu (Kenya) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

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The IDEAMAPS Network has produced an evolving family of projects with local teams in cities across the world.Our family of projects develop datasets of urban deprivation and assets (IDEAMAP Sudan, SLUMAP, IDEAtlas, and the IDEAMAPS Data Ecosystem), and foster capacity among stakeholders to use data for decision-making (Data4HumanRights, IDEAMAP Sudan).


2022 - 2025
Currently Active
IDEAMAPS Data Ecosystem

LAGOS, Nigeria - NAIROBI, Kenya - KANO, Nigeria

To co-create an integrated data ecosystem that enables routine, accurate mapping of slums, informal settlements, and other deprived areas across LMIC cities 

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Mexico City, Mexico - Medellín, Colombia - Salvador, Brazil - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Lagos, Nigeria - Nairobi, Kenya - Mumbai, India - Jakarta, Indonesia

The primary objective of IDEAtlas is to develop, implement, validate and showcase advanced AI-based methods to automatically map and characterize the spatial extent of slums from Earth Observation (EO) data.

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Data4HumanRights develops together with JEI and Community Mappers training materials to professionalize the training of community data collectors. We are presently developing a set of 28 short training units.

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