Mapping and Social Justice and OpenStreetMap in Nairobi Slums

Teens have mapped the Nairobi, Kenya slum of Kibera, the second largest African slum to Seweto in South Africa. Kibera is home to more than 1 million people. The project was organized with the help of several organizations including “the humanitarian OpenStreetMap team in collaboration with JumpStart International, and other partners including Jubal Harpster of WhereCampAfrica, the Social Development Network, Pamoja Trust, Hands on Kenya and Carolina for Kibera”

The article highlights such mapping as a step toward social justice:

Dr Siddharth Agarwal, executive director of the Delhi-based Urban Health Research Centre, says that rapid urbanisation and the growth of slum settlements poses a serious challenge to city planning. He says that in most of the world, including his native India, the majority of these areas remain. Spatial mapping, in his view, has not been used optimally for city planning to provide basic facilities such as health and sanitation.


Published Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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