Strategies for community outreach

I agree that the key to success for this project will be first forming meaningful relationships with local leaders, authorities, and civic groups; and then coming up with a set of workflows for how those groups contribute information to Voice of Kibera and to define who is responsible for representing that information in policy making discussions. I think it would be very useful for the people at Map Kibera to describe in detail how this could work with a single policy-related issue; for example, waste removal. They might also want to get in touch with Harry Dugmore of Iindaba Ziyafika in Grahamstown, South Africa. The citizen journalists of that project have done quite a bit of reporting about waste management in their community, which according to Dugmore, "got the municipality jumping." He writes that they were encouraged to follow up on their reporting, but I'm not sure if that happened or if any changes were made to waste management in the community. It would be interesting to take a closer look at.

Really excited to see what Map Kibera can accomplish in the next year and beyond.


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