GroundTruth Map Kibera East Coast Tour


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GroundTruth Map Kibera East Coast Tour

  1. 1. GroundTruth Initiative Map Kibera Erica Hagen * Mikel Maronphoto:
  2. 2. GroundTruth Initiative, LLC We help communities use digital media, mapping, and open data tools for greater influence and representation in development and democracy.
  3. 3. What we do:Train in creative use of new technologies for datacollection and storytelling (mapping, video, mobile,web)Engage with specific geographic communitiesin-depthSupport open, accessible information for action
  4. 4. Why we do it:Local communities are the most reliable,important knowledge-holdersfor development and political engagement.Participatory and open technologies and mediaare key to amplifying voicesand increasing influence.
  5. 5. Why we are here:We love doing this, and want to do more.Maybe in collaboration with you.
  6. 6. Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya… ~ 250,000 people, 2.5 km2
  7. 7. …was a blank spot on the map
  8. 8. This is all the media shows about Kibera…
  9. 9. GroundTruth starts Map Kibera pilot project to help Kibera people get “on the map”
  10. 10. Screenshots of three projects? VoK, KNN, the Map?Three projects evolved to create rich information resources by and for the Kibera residents.
  11. 11. The Mappers: 13 Kibera youth * The Mappers
  12. 12. OpenStreetMapGlobal Collaborative Mapping “like Wikipedia for Maps”
  13. 13. What did they collect?:• water points• public latrines• medical clinics• informal schools• churches/mosques• video shops• salons• community organizations• tons more
  14. 14. PHOTO of the guys out with GPSaround neck
  15. 15. Kibera Map Today
  16. 16. The Densest Map Ever?
  17. 17. Citizen JournalismContent chosen/edited by Kiberans (not us)Using available and accessible technologyFocus on getting stories out there, not fittingprofessional quality standards – building the Supply
  18. 18. Voice of Kibera: Mapped citizen
  19. 19. Community News Site•  Community website for sharing info relevant to Kibera residents•  News, videos, and SMS•  Reports are mapped on the Map Kibera map
  20. 20. Editorial Board
  21. 21. Reports
  22. 22. Reports
  23. 23. Promotion
  24. 24. Kibera News Network (KNN)
  25. 25. Need photo here of the guysout on a shoot…
  26. 26. Some KNN video topics:-  Landslide in Kibera-  Fire outbreak-  Profiles of local artists, clothing designers, musicians-  Protest over anti-Muslim schoolteacher-  Stray monkey entertains Kibera-  Kibera from a dog’s perspective-  HIV positive woman’s story-  Christian basketball tournament-  Railway line evictions
  27. 27. Example: Referendum Reporting
  28. 28. Example: Referendum Reporting
  29. 29. Thematic Mapping: Health EducationWater/Sanitation Safety
  30. 30. Map Kibera Outcomes Engaged and skilled young citizens. Strong slum-tech links. Information sharing platforms. Map Kibera Trust
  31. 31. Map Kibera Partnerships Institute for Development Studies PLAN Kenya Hivos/Omidyar UN Habitat Youth Fund Ushahidi
  32. 32. Onwards: Careful Replication vs Scaling Up
  33. 33. Currently: Map Mathare
  34. 34. Mathare is the second largest slum in NairobiPhoto: Life in Abundance International, Flickr.
  35. 35. Mathare: Insert screenshot of Mathare Valley blog, and new map, ?
  36. 36. Currently: IDS Research Participatory Development and Participatory Technology Research that helps us too
  37. 37. Key Lessons: Community data collection risks being an extractive process.
  38. 38. Key Lessons: Participation and empowerment are still only buzzwords most of the time. (and therefore so is democracy…)
  39. 39. Key Lessons: Stay agile. Experiment small and adapt to every context. Artisanal Development.
  40. 40. Map Kibera Lessons and Challenges Donors favor silos, and duplication.
  41. 41. Map Kibera Lessons and Challenges NGO fatigue. (The world is getting smarter)
  42. 42. Map Kibera Lessons and Challenges Volunteerism conflicts with local economics; NGOs distort the economy
  43. 43. Map Kibera Lessons and Challenges Technology is easy. Social change is still the most important and hardest part.
  44. 44. GT Next Directions: Haiti?From emergency mapping to sustained, comprehensive community information Need images here from Haiti projects, COSMHA and C-Haiti or whatever, Noula…
  45. 45. GT Next Directions: (What we’d like to do) Build global Citizen Journalism More grassroots Mapping More small pilots and research Building the Information Commons
  46. 46. GT Next Directions: (What we’d like to do) … budget tracking, Yelp for international development, feedback and monitoring of projects, human rights online activism, strengthening the media…
  47. 47. Thanks!, @mikel, @mapkibera