West Pokot County Mapping Training Experience

by: December 1st, 2019 comments: 0

As part of their ongoing support to Participatory Budgeting with support from the World Bank, last November, Map Kibera Trust trained community volunteers and county staff of West Pokot on mapping of county projects under the devolved system of governance; the main areas to map were Kapenguria and Mnagei Wards.


The idea behind the project was to create digitized maps that will be used for planning and decision making during Public Participation forums with the community members.

It was interesting to see how the youth, county officials and ward administrators actively participated in the training session and field exercise. Our training was very interactive and the trainees were very lively and vocal because the concept was still new to them. Others were even skeptical of the whole idea of paperless data collection and management.


Since Map Kibera uses open data platforms, we took the trainees through account opening to enable them contribute to OpenStreetMap, where they would later upload their edited data. Having completed the training sessions on data collection and editing, which took a week, we proceeded with the actual data collection exercise. Each trainer from Map Kibera played a supervisory role to ensure the process was smooth and that the community mappers were able to collect accurate data. This meant joining up with different groups in the field at intervals.


We also had to guide the team on how to fill in information from the project list that had project names, project information, project IDs and departments. The data included completion status of each project, photos, and assessment of the quality of the project as well as key observations and comments. Some of the projects included ECDE classroom construction, dispensaries, roads, water storage tanks, dams, etc. They also mapped other points of interest to help create the basemap.

In editing sessions, we took them through the process of using JOSM (Java OSM Editor), and it was interesting to see how they grasped the process the more edits they performed.

West Pokot is among the few counties that had been selected for this Participatory Budget mapping project sponsored by World Bank. We tried as much to be thorough in our work as trainers and facilitators and it is evident that the community mappers and volunteers grasped the teachings; some of them are still active contributors on OpenStreetMap.

Key Mapping Fellows will continue to be supported by Map Kibera Trust going forward, to ensure that they are able to keep updating the map and incorporating the data into their systems. A beta County Project website and printed versions of the maps have been shared as well.






by: August 14th, 2011 comments: 0

Most of the farmers around  Dar-salaam take their agricultural produce to Sokoni market(Tandaleward).The most amazing thing about this market is that you will always see a municipal council’s lorry packed somewhere around ready to collect garbage from the market.For me, this is welfare because when I compare Sokoni market with Toi market i.e. in Kibera, I see I a big contrast. In Toi market you will never see a lorry coming to collect gabbage.The burden of garbage collection is usually left to the business owners.

In terms of infrastructure, Sokoni market is easily accessible.Both buyers and sellers can use any form of transport to access inside.Stalls have been partitioned well taking into consideration space for every seller.

Apart from farm produce,Sokoni market  has stalls where they sell  imported second hand clothes commonly known as”Mitumba”.The clothes are very much affordable and you can always find different designs/fashions.

My opinion is for the City Council of Nairobi to atleast deploy two lorries on weekly basis for garbage collection. I believe with this done, it will help in maintaining a clean and safe environment free from pests and diseases.

Lucy Fondo

community Mapping

by: August 11th, 2011 comments: 0

Community mapping

The teams to participate in the mapping of Tandale Ward were sub-divided into small teams of 6 – 8 people per group.  Each team was expected to go out into the community and map points of interest mainly physical features. In the team I was involved in, I was tasked with the responsibility of guiding both the community members and Ardhi University student on how to use the Global Positioning System (GPS) and flip camera.

Women were fully engaged in the mapping exercise and use of video camera. Unfortunately the equipment were few and we had to use them at different time. This increased communication between group members. The mapping exercise took 2 hours of both mapping and taking of videos.

Due to time constrain, we spent a few minutes in editing. We are expected to resume editing of the maps on Thursday morning. For Muslim women participating in the programme, this affected their level of energy and commitment at home. Maybe next time we should consider holding the event on a different date. I also noticed that women had very many commitment compared with men participating the mapping. It will have been good to consider different time for women to map their community.

Lucy Fondo