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Solution by: Map Kibera Trust

Community Mapping for Development in Slums  The Map Kibera Trust increases the visibility and representation of marginalized communities with the creative use of digital tools.

SOCIAL The Map Kibera shows the safe and unsafe parts of the slum, so that residents and visitors know what places to avoid at diff erent times of day.

ECONOMIC This project has greatly empowered Kibera youth through capacity building, thereby facilitating economic development.

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ENVIRONMENTAL The organization has mapped all the water points, sewer lines, and toilets in Kibera and Mukuru slums, allowing for better usage of the community’s natural resources.

The Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, was a blank spot on the map until young residents created the first free and open digital map of their community using OpenStreetMap. Map Kibera has now grown into an interactive community information project. The organization’s YouTube channel, the Kibera News Network (KNN), also allows residents to share stories and perspectives. In addition to mapping the area, Map Kibera has established an SMS reporting platform called Voice of Kibera, where members of the community can upload reports about local news. It has also recently launched the Open Schools Kenya project, which has mapped the locations of more than 350 schools in the area. This information is available online, along with school profiles, enabling improved targeting of services and increasing awareness of gaps in education provision. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? This solution provides information and data not only in Kibera but also in the Mathare and Mukuru slums of Nairobi, where citizen data collection, access to information, and visibility help to empower communities. For example, Map Kibera played a role in maintaining peace during the 2013 elections by making verifi ed, real-time updates available to all in order to dismiss false reports and propaganda that could trigger violence.

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