Another cool project from the depths of Africa. This time the local community in Kibera in Nairobi, widely known as Africa’s largest slum, is using Open Street Maps to map their own community.
High touch/Low Tech – Front line with Mapping in Kibera
Community Mapping has always been quite an amazing tool – it localizes knowledge, draws on the “mappers” personal and community experiences, identifies interconnectedness – all this coming together and increasing social capital (if you are interested in the concepts of social capital read Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone; to better understand how it relates to mapping, read up on John Mcknight’s Asset Based Community Development). You can check out some of the work that the International Centre for Sustainable Cities and UN-HABITAT has done on community mapping by checking out their draft asset mapping manual.