GeoSAS is the task leader for Task 2.2 “Assessment of EO & Enabling Technologies for Geospatial Decision”.
GeoSAS is activity leader within Task 1.2 “Scientific & Technical Coordination”, providing support related to the Great Horn of Africa territory.
GeoSAS also contributes significantly to several tasks and activities across different WPs.
GeoSAS Ethiopia Consulting was founded in 2007 in Addis Ababa. GeoSAS Ethiopia Consulting, has accumulated strong experience in the design, development and implementation of evidence base continental and national programmes for Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. In collaboration with NEPAD, the development arm of the Africa Union, GeoSAS has developed a flagship programme the “Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture Support Programme (GCCASP)” under the NEPAD CAADP process funded by NORAD. On the basis of this continental programme, GeoSAS was also commissioned to develop national GCCASP projects for implementation in 5 SSA countries, including: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger and Rwanda.
Since its inception in 2007, GeoSAS Ethiopia has forged a number of partnerships, among which international geospatial technology leaders and national university-based research institutions engaged in development activities in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. With a strong office in Addis Abeba, for over a decade, GeoSAS had the opportunity to forge relationships with government development decision makers at the Federal, Regional State and Woreda (district) levels all over Ethiopia, with support offices in Bahir Dar and Mikelle, capital cities of the Regional States of Amara and Tigray respectively. In fact, both of these regional states benefit from AfriCultuReS.
At the international level, GeoSAS Ethiopia established a sister company GeoSAS UK to catalyse the introduction of innovation, technology and collaborative partnerships in the UK and Europe for the support of development efforts in SSA countries towards improving investment in development activities, including in the harnessing of satellite-derived climate information for agri-business. In this area GeoSAS has partnerships with major technology leaders, including ESRI, and climate related evidence base developers, such as VITO of Belgium and Catapult UK. Currently, GeoSAS is collaborating with NEPAD to create a continental/regional Geospatial Platform for Africa in partnership with key international technology leaders.
GeoSAS expertise and experience in development include: climate-related and evidence-based programme development and design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation. In addition to its core staff, engaged in business development, project operations management and M&E, GeoSAS is associated with high level professionals based in universities, independent consultants, and retired development practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the development challenges in developing countries.
Political key role: GeoSAS has a very good relationship with the key stakeholder, the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR), which is also involved in related disaster management issues, including drought.
Woldeamlak Bewket (leader)