Map Kibera: Methods for Citizen Engagement in Mapping and Reporting
GroundTruth Initiative Erica Hagen July 20, 2012
GroundTruth Initiative We help communities use digital media, mapping, and open data tools For greater influence and representation in development, and democracy.
Why?Local communities are the most reliable,important knowledge-holders (and stakeholders)for development and political engagement.Participatory and open technologiesand citizen media can help citizens amplify voicesand increase influence and participation inprocesses of development.
What is Community Mapping?1) Community creates/gathers the map data. That is, geographical coordinates alongside any other information.2) Community also edits the map data themselves, and comes to agreement on the final product.3) Mapped information is generally shared openly, online, contributing to commons.4) Community uses the map afterwards, themselves. Can be part of a larger participatory development, local planning, or advocacy process, as well as a base for citizen reporting.
Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya… ~ 250,000 people, 2.5 km2
Selection of Video Topics- Landslide in Kibera- Power disruptions- Protest over anti-Muslim schoolteacher- Stray monkey entertains Kiberans- HIV positive woman’s story- Draft constitution campaign- Railway line evictions
Thematic Mapping: Health Education Water/Sanitation Safety
Dar es Salaam, Tandale community, Tanzania•Tanzania has remnants of socialist structures andgovernance from time of Nyerere•Informal areas are not as dense, cover most of city•Citizens tend to trust local government