• Alison Hall

Can satellite imagery and geospatial analysis help UN efforts to keep the peace?

“Data and technology – including geospatial technology and satellite imagery – clearly have the potential to improve global peacebuilding and peacekeeping efforts" Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive ODI


At the invitation of HE Dame Barbara Woodward, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, and current President of the United Nations Security Council, ODI’s Chief Executive Sara Pantuliano addressed members of the UN's Security Council at an informal briefing on Friday, 8 April, on the use of data and technology for conflict prevention and response.


Sara said “Data and technology – including geospatial technology and satellite imagery – clearly have the potential to improve global peacebuilding and peacekeeping efforts.


“For example, analysing satellite imagery can help identify both threats to peace and potential pathways out of conflict, as ODI’s work in Afghanistan’s Nimroz province demonstrates.




We knew at the time that Alcis, along with our long term partners David Mansfield and Graeme Smith were pioneering an exciting new research methodology, and are grateful for the support and leadership ODI provided.



It is great that ODI recognise the value of this work by now presenting it to the UN Security Council as illustrative of how more insightful and impactful research can be conducted in contested spaces. We look forward to applying and further iterating this methodology within the research and programme support we continue to provide to those seeking to improve the lives of the most vulnerable around the world.