TECHNOLOGY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS - Evaluation of the Science for Human Rights Project 2008–2011

The Science for Human Rights pilot project ran from January 2008 to January 2011. Its main goal was to test the use of geospatial technologies − including satellite imagery, aerial photography, geo-visualization tools and geo-referenced images − in documenting human rights crisis. It also explored how these tools could contribute to making Amnesty International’s advocacy and overall human rights work more effective.  The project was delivered in partnership between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Amnesty International USA and Amnesty International’s International Secretariat (IS) and was funded by the Oak Foundation.


The evaluation illustrates the clear value of using geospatial tools, and outlines how these technologies contributed to human rights change.  It concludes that in order to achieve maximum impact, these tools need to be carefully integrated into the organization’s existing strategies. It also highlights key areas for improving our use of geospatial technologies and makes recommendations for our future work.

This evaluation offers useful insights for all Amnesty International staff responsible for research, campaigning, media and advocacy, as well as anyone else considering using geospatial tools in their work.

This report was produced by the Learning and Impact Unit at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, with the support and assistance of the Science for Human Rights team at Amnesty International USA. The evaluation was published in July 2011.


Read the executive summary of the evaluation here. For the full report please contact the Learning and Impact Unit at:


For further information on featured Amnesty International projects and partners of the Science for Human Rights project:

Eyes on Pakistan  

Eyes on Darfur  

Eyes On Nigeria  

Amnesty International USA - AIUSA Science for Human Rights web page

AAAS  American Association for the Advancement of Science - Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights web page

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