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Following up on the process.

It strikes me that it might be better to find leaders in the community who would like to have such a map and already know how to use it. But that might not be possible or?

If not then we have to meet with those who have participated in these meetings (the lead people) and individually help them to make use of information. I wonder if there is someone with expertise in this who we could partner with? For instance, Oxfam or Amnesty? I think that we have specialized skills, and those do not include helping train in advocacy tec hniques.

Let us think a bit about our role:

  • Intermediary: we can link local players to the more powerful organizations.
  • Trainer on tools
  • What about – we may need an advocate partner to make use of all this. I don’t really think our ultimate role is to assist that way, but it’s missing currently.

I think those we’ve met with in the community are only partly inspired to act on the new tools. They don’t completely understand.

What we’re doing is actually quite unusual. We’re meeting on issue areas, but not in order to support that issue. We have no expertise in education. But we’re tool-providers and supporting general information access. Therefore, it’s a bit more subtle. I think we have to clearly express our role and think about HOW when you provide a tool that wasn’t asked for people are going to make use of it within their current workflow. We can’t ask them to change their workflow too much or it won’t work.

Therefore, maybe finding a few people in the community who actually request for what we offer is key. Then think beforehand with them about how they’ll use the map data and other info.

Agreed. I've been stressing "tool provision not research" in the community meetings but agree that it has be highly strategically targeted. In terms of driving use of these tools on a theme-by-theme basis, what if we each take a theme and sketch out what needs to happen to increase the chance that these tools will live on.


From Themes




  • get Binti a map of all their safe spaces layered on top of our security map so they can see which dangerous areas don't have safe spaces (will load tracing paper safe spaces map onto OSM this weekend hopefully);
  • talk with Binti about how the map can serve as a discussion tool for Binti graduates, these are the ones that start and lead their own safe spaces/clubs;
  • build out the best */girlssecurity site possible (highlighting security concerns) so it can be an advocacy tool;
  • work with Karen to get the mappers hired to map girls financial opportunities, which is another way to look at combatting vulnerability



Water Sanitation


Maps for Data

Collect and make available all studies, all research, all groups, all databases, openly.

Building a system, and/or systematically organizing studies and data sets, would be an excellent short term project.

Also Data Sources, Background Reading

Data Sets

  • Umande Trust has data sets
    • data of pay, ability to pay
    • conflict migration within Kibera
    • post election reconstruction
    • 5 biocentres in Gatwekera, 9 total, 14 soon
    • detailed mapping on gatwekera
  • Amref has data sets
    • operates in other slums
    • excellent longitudnal data
    • Mrs. Kaider, 0720098388
  • Population Council
    • Study: "Adolescence in the Kibera Slums of Nairobi, Kenya"
    • "Directory of Organizations in Kibera"


  • Langata Strategic Plan
  • Growing partnerships for stability and development in Kibera, Moraa New Hope Foundation

Organizational Profiles

Kibera Repository

Local Cache of Kibera

  • Video Media, other community media
  • research, reports
  • maps, etc
  • Basically cache Voice of Kibera somehow

SMS Applications

GBV Network

  • SMS Community of Practice
    • for data sharing generally within networks along our themes. make networks visible.
  • SMS M&E of advocacy and VCT campaigns

general social networking

  • ability to create a social network "group" that anyone can post to or reply or join - this might already be possible? (but prevent those people from automatically being "friends" on mxit)
  • create a private group with approval admin for our SMS reporters etc
  • create an announce-only group that allows us to send our daily digest or continual reports from Ushahidi (now we're getting into how it interfaces with Ush) - this is the group that should be categorized, so people can sign up for reports based on the topic they want or multiple topics. We may need to discuss this in more detail and show you our site too.
  • create a way for people to submit reports to Ush via mxit (this is longer term I guess?)

supporting maternal health



Mt Elgon Schools


Source books, best practices, "fixmyslum" connections between architectural problems and designers, maps of interesting slum architecture solutions.


  • Yes Youth Can -- Population Council, economic opportunity mapping
  • DFID proposal with IDS
  • Mombasa/Malindi slum mapping ... World Bank
  • UN Habitiat Youth Fund .. Mathare Mapping. Response sent out mid-August
  • Mukuru Mapping ... with Emory
  • Mathare Mapping w/ Claudio
  • Mombasa mapping ... PLAN
  • OCHA Rift Valley Mapping
  • NDI poll place mapping ... in new districts
  • Rockefeller and Berkeley in Mthare
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