Frequently Asked Data

by: April 24th, 2013 comments: 16

Map Kibera fields all sorts of data questions from the net and in the community. We’re happy to oblige, our core mission is to openly share and distribute information about the slums, by slum dwellers, for slum dwellers. We also want to share those questions and answers and progress, to show the community of folks who really care about, create, and use this data. This is eventually going to build into thematic sections on a new website, but for the time being, this blog post.

We received two queries from Poverty Action. In context of their other evaluation work in Kenya, they are scoping a study of early childhood education in African slums.

If you have more information on any of these questions, would be great to hear about it in the comments.

What kind of education data is available for Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru?

Mappers have collected basic information on schools in all three slums, available for download in Kibera, Mathare, and Mukuru.

In Kibera, much more detailed data has been collected, on the number of staff, students, status of the facility, programs. That was collected as part of the mapping themes process in 2010, which included meeting with community stakeholders, design of survey, and data collection. Mathare was collected in 2011, and Mukuru in 2012, but in less detail.

The CSV files have the most detail. There are also print maps prepared for Kibera and Mukuru.

Have there been recent census in the slums? Is data available at the household level? Are enumeration area boundaries available?

The last comprehensive census in Kenya was conducted in 2009, and results released in 2010. This made news as the population figures for Kibera differed greatly from the media hype. We wrote about the process and politics of the census back then.

As far as we’re aware, there’s been no public census since then. There have definitely been data gathering exercises, surveys, by all kinds of actors, but unfortunately much of this data remains silo’d and unopened.

Data from the 2009 census is available at OpenDataKE, but only released aggregated to ward or constituency level. Those boundaries were not released, and were changed by the IEBC prior to last month’s election. I’ve never seen Enumberation Area boundaries released, and am not certain they are digitized. There are a few reports out there on the process, which give some explanation of the methodologies, on the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics website and in a UN Data report.

Mukuru Conclusion and Beginnings

by: April 5th, 2013 comments: 0

Mukuru has maps!

Map Mukuru Map Distribution

Map Mukuru Map Distribution

Late last year, Map Kibera formally wrapped up work under the UN Habitat Youth Fund. This small grant gave the members of Map Kibera Trust themselves the space to implement a mapping project from start to finish. From project design, budgeting, entry into the community, training, data collection, community meetings and discussion, map design, and distribution … from start to finish, the guys from Kibera and Mukuru have led the process. A learning experience, so it took a little more time than expected. The results are great, Mukuru is mapped, the members have grown incredibly, and the slum continues to be one of the three active areas for the Trust. So thank you to UN Habitat.

Here’s a look back at the story so far in Mukuru:

Videos cover of events and training

And of course the maps.

You can download the maps and data here. And on OpenStreetMap.

Election Day in Mathare, Tense but Complete

by: March 5th, 2013 comments: 0

At nearly 5am Nairobi time, the day after the vote. Like in Kibera, Mathare polling stations saw long lines and equipment malfunctions. The situation was reported as being more tense, following some isolated incidents of violent attacks and conflict (not clearly related to the election), but overall the polls operated without major problems.

In summary, in Mathare:

The morning started with vuvuzelas and optimism.

ngei ward,voters started visiting the A.I.P.C.A. n LIONS clinic poling stations as early as 3.30a.m.some even decided to wake up the resdnts by vuvuzelas,whistles n also screaming.

The response was marvelous as compared with the previous general elections, which indicate that Kenyans were really out for a change. The multitude was witnessed by large stretch of queues all over the poling stations within mathare constituency. The government ensured tight security with regular police, provincial administration, GSU, Kenyan prison, and NYS.there was also aerial surveillance with regular rounds of police chopper which indicated that security was beefed up. There were no serious matter reported from either sides or any group which was reported to have chaos of any nature.

Soon, mechanical problems and long lines, led to frustrations.

Voters are stranded at Utalii ward drive inn polling station the machine has some problem whereby the machine is not displaying names of the voter

Voters at hospital ward are angry with the IEBC staff as they are not organized and some voters are not going to vote due slowness of the staff

Nevertheless, voting proceeded with organization, security was present and arrangements were made for women with children and the elderly to move ahead in line.

One person was murdered, two robberies were reported, and there was some conflict between landlords and tenants. Unfortunately, not unusual for Mathare. The incidents didn’t spread into a larger conflict.

One person has been confirmed be stabbed several times this morning and he is in a critical condition. The incidence has just happened in the same same place where the other incidence happened.One person who did not want his name to be disclosed said it is politically motivated.

landlords and tenants conflict is rising up again in some parts of mathare,kiamaiko,mabatini n huruma wardds. some landlords are hiking rent,others are asking tenants out claiming they want to renovate the houses.other landlords are askng for I.D.number of the tenants.some tenants are also sayng that if it continues they wont pay rent.this is creating tension in residential areas.

Two robberies experiencing at polling stations in Mathare this morning. A woman and a girl were robbed in broad daylight at Kiboro primary school and St. Theresa girls secondary respectively. Passengers at Albadir petrol station are asked to be cautious as they pass that route

Polling stations closed, with some voters still waiting in queue. There were some reports of inappropriate use of credentials for jumping the queue and campaigning near a polling station.