Kibera’s Most Detailed Security Map

by: June 28th, 2010 comments: 4

link to detailed pdf version here

We are in the process of building out a dynamic website and report with the findings from the project thus far. As a sneak peak, this is what we believe to be the most detailed child protection, public safety, or girls vulnerability map of Kibera ever produced by and for the community.

As you look at the detailed map here, keep in mind that nearly every map of Kibera we’ve seen is simply satellite imagery, which doesn’t give much insight into what is under the sheet metal roofs. There is an indisputable cost, quality and ethical advantage to community-driven mapping using consumer-grade GPS and an open-source software stack. This map was created using a two-step process, which involved data collection by 13 Kiberan mappers and community meetings with larger groups of young people. The methodology is detailed here.
In this map we’ve layered existing safe spaces and night lights atop bars and ‘black spots’ where young people should avoid. We’ve also paraphrased some of the most common points made by girls and young women who participated in our community map consultations. More detailed quotes and narratives will be available online in the near future.This is only the start. Our main girls group partner, Binti Pamoja, was visibly excited to receive this map, and they will immediately put it to use for (i) planning new safe spaces; and (ii) using as a teaching tool about safety when girls meet in existing safe spaces.

Many, many thanks goes out to Primoz Kovacic, our volunteer Slovenian GIS expert, who donated quite a bit of his (very expensive) time to make this professional grade map!

cross-posted to In An African Minute.

20100615 | weekly update

by: June 15th, 2010 comments: 0

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via watoto‘s photostream

News From Last Week
– We completed the education community outreach meetings. With printed maps and tracing paper, we sat down with informal school leaders, teachers and parents to discuss the state of education in Kibera. Many schools meet the legal requirements for community-based school funding but do not receive it. Community leaders are excited to help visualize their case to policy makers.
– We presented to the UNICEF-Kenya monthly programmatic meeting (slide deck available here), Ushahidi 101, and Africa Agriculture GIS Week.
– We began the water and sanitation mapping phase, collecting public/private water points, toilets and private water points. Complete list here.
– The Story of Map Kibera was published and will be presented next week at the University of Sussex Institute of Development Studies.
Kibera News Network uncovered the story of a frog whose body was inscribed with a holy message.

What’s Next?
– This week we transition from map data collection to ensuring that our tools and methodology become useful for the longterm work of our partners in the community. In the safety/vulnerability theme, for example, this means supporting girls leadership groups, gender-based violence (GBV) providers in their efforts to plan new safe spaces and incidence response.

Map Kibera Update 20100407

by: May 7th, 2010 comments: 0

News From This Week

–  Map tracing exercises are proving to be a fascinating tool for bringing community knowledge into the commons.  We held five 2-hour map tracing community meetings this week. With printed maps (featuring security data collected last week by our mappers), tracing paper and pens, we met with different aged girls from Binti Pamoja (ages 10-18 and 18-24) as well as security providers such as community police and elders.

The girls revealed behavioral norms while the service providers gave the big picture.  Early versions of the scanned, rectified, tiled and displayed maps are here. You can see pictures from these meetings here.

Just a few of the things we learned:

Girls are often at risk when they go to nightly funeral parties to dance, and when they go out in town, they often stay out until 5AM to avoid returning to Kibera in the dark. We have also learned that while much violence is tied to drug and alcohol abuse, a single drug rehab center (SEPTA) serves Kibera, and does not provide outreach into the informal areas. Most carjacking takes place at the Anany Bridge, and  rape and abduction often takes place either near Jamhuri Park or in Silanga near the Nairobi Dam.

– Using our Flip Cams, we launched the Kibera News Network, a youth-run Youtube channel that provide narratives about the mapping data and general news about Kibera.

– We introduced Voice of Kibera, an Ushahidi instance that allows Kibera residents to report updates about safety, security, and news from Kibera.

What’s Next?

– We continue to host map tracing community meetings Saturday and next week, notably with a network of Kiberan responders to gender-based violence and Kibera Women for Peace, two leading networks within the community who are keen to use our tools. We will also be posting text, video and photo narratives that illustrates the data collected in the community meetings and mapping exercises.