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Building an open mapping community in Tanzania

  1. 1. Building mapping communities in rural Tanzania Janet Chapman
  2. 2. MAPPING ON MAPS.ME We train field mappers in rural Tanzania to add their local knowledge to the map using Maps.Me, a free smartphone app that works offline.
  3. 3. This is rural Tanzania: This is Dar es Salaam:
  4. 4. Rural Tanzania needs MAPS!
  5. 5. We are making them!
  6. 6. Slack channel is good for generating a community, and for volunteers to ask questions and get instant feedback on their 1st mapping attempts etc. – if anyone would like to join please let me know, particularly if you can help giving feedback to new mappers!
  7. 7. When you achieve 100% you get a badge. Currently we have a quiz for buildings, but Sabine is working on one for roads too. https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/JAHNEB
  8. 8. REMOTE MAPPERS VS COMMUNITY MAPPERS Highly educated to degree level or beyond Many did not complete secondary school Have used maps in their daily life since childhood Had never seen a map of their local area Own and can skilfully use a large range of technology Had never used a smartphone, or laptop or been online.
  10. 10. HOT Microgrant in 2017 enabled us to recruit female mappers for the first time
  11. 11. But female mappers face additional challenges with: • Men telling them they are “wasting their time” and should be at home doing their chores • Harrassment, threats and inappropriate touching from men, particularly when travelling on public transport • Plots to lure them to remote places to be raped
  12. 12. How can these challenges be overcome? IN THEIR WORDS 1.Educating people about maps and mapping and its importance to the community and nation at large. 2.Men in villages to be educated on gender equality and treating women right. 3.Security to be increased in villages; for example presence of more police stations
  13. 13. SO WHY DO WOMEN MAP? IN THEIR WORDS 1. We do it to help increase development in our communities. 2.To help girls escape FGM -activists houses are being added and roads. 3.To help other women in villages be able to escape gender based violences like women beating 4.To be part of change in our communities
  14. 14. HOW CAN THE MAPPING COMMUNITY HELP? • Recognise additional challenges faced • Put in structures to assist ie 50% participation, women only groups, role models, being mindful of male domination in training. • Mapping aspects that are of importance to women. • More materials on why mapping rural areas benefits women. • Recognising additional funding needs
  15. 15. Digital Champions: We have set up digital champions in all 87 villages in Serengeti, with a smartphone for the 1st time, linked in a WhatsApp group. They help us monitor and protect the girls in their village, and report any issues. We thank USAID for the initial $9000 funding for this through WomenConnect.
  16. 16. New smartphone users see a map of their village for the first time.
  17. 17. Volunteers added clinic locations from Open Government Data
  18. 18. Using water point location data to add village names. Also useful for COVID contact tracing.
  20. 20. And trained the police and activists to use the maps to quickly find and protect girls at risk. And also add missing places to the map.
  21. 21. Better maps have: • helped 3000+ girls to find safehouses and avoid being cut • coincided with a reduced FGM death rate of 75%
  22. 22. We have trained over 1600 local activists to map their communities in Tanzania, around 40% female
  23. 23. We were invited to organise a mapathon at UNFPA in New York in September 2018. It was attended by 60 people from UNFPA, UNICEF, HOTOSM, Youthmappers and others
  24. 24. To coincide with this we held a global mapathon events in 60 countries. Including at the Ministry for Women in Somalia, in Mali, Guinea, Kenya, Niger, Uganda and many others.
  25. 25. Lessons Learnt • Engaging uneducated marginalised rural communities is hard but rewarding • Training opportunities are hugely appreciated • Women have additional challenges • Building relationships is key • Long term
  26. 26. Please join us and help map Tanzania! Janet Chapman j.chapman@tanzdevtrust.org @Crowd2Map

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  • Remote mapping via tasking manager
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  • Training 1st time smartphone users
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  • Creating village maps for the first time
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  • Thank you to everyone here who helped!