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Fighting Gender-Based Violence (GBV) using OpenSteetMap Tools in Western Uganda




Cover photo by Kayla Farmer

During the Covid-19 period, gender-based violence (GBV) cases rose by over 20% according to cases reported to the Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development. Most of these cases involved female adolescents. With the increasing numbers, identifying and follow-up by social workers was difficult.

ESA_GBVUganda2.webp Photo by: CLCD, Uganda

Center for Life Change Development (CLCD) developed a project to fight gender-based violence (GBV) using OSM tools in Bushenyi District, Western Uganda. The aims of the project were to reduce GBV in Bushenyi district through sensitization and awareness in communities, to introduce OSM tools to social workers, police and other stakeholders, and generate maps of administrative boundaries, police stations and health centers.

Sensitization activities took place in three sub counties of Bushenyi district, namely Nyabubare, Kakanju and Bumbaire. This included three radio talk shows about GBV and activities were further extended to churches where CLCD worked with religious leaders. CLCD also worked with Bushenyi HIV & AIDS Network forum and Bushenyi district local leaders on GBV sensitization and awareness in communities and extended activities to Sheema district where there are high rates of HIV & AIDS.

ESA_GBVUganda2.5.webp Photo by: CLCD, Uganda


CLCD collaborated with MapUganda to conduct online and in-person training for volunteers from Bushenyi district communities on GBV issues. Fifteen volunteers were trained to use ODK for data collection, iD Editor and JOSM for remote mapping as well as to add points of interest on OSM, and as a navigation tool to respond to GBV calls, and all sub counties in Bushenyi were mapped. Twenty-five maps were printed and given to police officials in Bushenyi.

ESA_GBVUganda3.webp Handing over maps to police in Bushenyi district. Photo by: CLCD, Uganda

Collaborations were formed with MapUganda in organizing mapathons and mobilizing volunteers to map remotely and CLCD was introduced to other OSM communities through events like the OSM Africa monthly mapathon that was key in completing the mapping and validation of the project.


total edits to OSM


buildings mapped

1,738 kms

of road mapped


This project was funded by a Meta Community Impact Grant, managed by HOT.