Crisis response with what3words

NGOs and charities who need to communicate the precise locations of infrastructure, resources and supplies around the world are using what3words. Find out how you can too.

What is what3words?

Every 3 metre (10 ft) square in the world has a unique identifier made of 3 random words: a what3words address.

It’s easy to share what3words addresses, say them over the phone or radio, or print them on a map.

The app works offline so people in areas with an unreliable data connection can find any precise location.

Trusted by large and small organisations

Humanitarian partners that are integrated with what3words

Case studies

Delivering aid exactly where it’s needed

To provide urgent medical support to those who need it in South African townships, Gateway Health partnered with what3words to give each home and facility a reliable address.

Locating incidents quickly

The UNDP organised what3words training sessions for rescuers working in the Ukraine. This helped Emergency crews in Donetsk Oblast locate a trapped driver.

Marking the location of critical assets & entrances

Using what3words, the CDC commenced a project to provide refugees homes, help desks, mosques, and other important locations in the settlement with a what3words address.

what3words for good

Whether you’re part of a large organisation or a small team of volunteers, we’ve got everything you need to learn how what3words can help your projects.

Learn more in our info-pack

Get more information on what3words and how it’s used to coordinate humanitarian and charitable projects.

Get started with the toolkit

These materials have everything you need to educate your teams to start using what3words today

‘How to’ app guides

Community resources

Download the free app

Start using the what3words online map or app to easily find and share the location of people, incidents and assets.

Integrate what3words into your platform

We provide qualifying NGOs and charities access to our API for free and can help you with the installation.

Get in touch

We’re always interested to hear from people using what3words for good. Please let us know what we can do to help you use our tools as effectively as possible.

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See if your tools already accept what3words

Many software systems have already integrated what3words into their solution. Check whether the platforms you use accept what3words.