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News — 19 April, 2018

Nethope Device Challenge - April Update!

Since January 2018, the Nethope grant communities have expanded to 16 communities, with plans to extend to a further 6 in the next 3 months. Grant money has already been advanced to communities Bangladesh, Botswana, Guinea, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Peru, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Zambia, with our sixteenth community, the Gambia, beginning next week.


Bangladesh received funding in September 2017 and are involved in four projects - Map Your City, South Asian Flood Activation, Clean Dhaka:Smart Dhaka, and NIHR Global Health Unit on Improving Health in Slums. The Map Your City aims to map all major cities in Bangladesh. So far, the team have been mapping Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna, Rajshahi, Comilla, Mymensingh and Jessore. The BHOOT and OSMBD team have been supporting South Asian Flood Activation by mapping residential areas and connecting roads of affected areas to support aid agencies and improve future response mechanisms. The Clean Dhaka, Smart Dhaka project aims to create a geodatabase of waste disposal points. NIHR Global Health Unit on Improving Health in Slums is a research project identifying the location and details of medical facilities in slum areas.


In Guinea, the OSM community have been focusing their Nethope device challenge funding on mapping health facilities in Conakry under their project ‘Cartographie des structures privées de santé’. So far, field teams have collected over 1013 health data points to help improve health services.


In the last month two members of the HOT Tanzania team travelled to Kenya to conduct community mapping training and field mapping with the Kenyan NGO, the Karibu Centre, Salesforce volunteers local residents, and members of the #MapKibera project. The training was funded by Nethope as were the devices provided to continue mapping efforts. You can read more about the recent training and field mapping here . The Karibu Centre works with children, young people and their families to bridge the education gap in Kenya. The maps from field data collected will help improve pre-school and after-school programmes, and job readiness training for underprivileged families.


OSM Liberia received their first instalment of funding in March and are currently waiting on their second grant instalment. They have had run 1 training so far and intend to run 8 more between now and July. They have received OSM Liberia membership by 100 people since receiving funding. They have been working closely with Cuttington Youth Mappers team, supporting with training in JOSM and QGIS to inspire young people to map their local areas for preparedness.


OSM Mali received their device grant in November 2017. They have been using their grant on two major projects; Mapping Bamako City and Health Sites Mapping. The objective of these projects is to improve the overall basemap of Bamakko and to create a database of health facilities in Bamako to be used to improve public services. Right now they are busy preparing for their upcoming training sessions on ODK, OMK, Map Campaigner with the public office with the Public Office, Agetic.

HOT Tanzania

In Tanzania, the HOT digitisation team are using their devices to support the Ramani Huria and Data Zetu projects. These projects focus on improving maps of building fe atures and drainage systems in Dar es Salaam to use for flood resilience planning, and mapping health services such as maternal healthcare, childcare, services for the elderly, and sexual reproductive health facilities in Dar es Salaam and Mbeya region.

Tanzania Development Trust

This term Tanzania Development Trust and HOT hosted a 3 day training on open source mapping applications in Mwanza, Tanzania as part of Open Data Day. The event was attended by 94 people. You can read more about the training here . TDT’s main focus is on community groups map various unmarked villages to combat local needs such as FGM prevention, discovering education gaps and improving healthcare response


HOT Turkey received their Nethope grant in November 2017 and have been using their devices to expand their Yer Cizenler’s 4BINA project. This project works with Arabic speaking refugees to create a multi-lingual map of Istanbul. You can read more about their work here or watch the recent HOT Turkey community webinar here .


HOT Uganda received their grant in December 2017 and have been focusing on refugee mapping in the North of the country . Their main project is working with the US State department to map informal refugee settlements. S ince January 2018 they have conducted six training workshops utilising Nethope devices


OSM Zambia received Nethope funding in December 2017 and have concentrated on two main projects; ‘M apping for Decentralization’ and the ‘Lusaka Sanitation Program’. The sanitation programme is a two month project as part of Climate-Friendly Sanitation in Peri-Urban areas of Lusaka (CFS-Lusaka), which improves on-site sanitation and waste management facilities

Coming soon…

Communities in Botswana, the Gambia, Indonesia, Mozambique, Peru, and Sierra Leone have also recently received funding under the Nethope device grant. In Botswana the devices will be used to support the new HOT field country project focused on malaria prevention in conjunction with the Botswana Ministry of Health & Wellness and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. In Gambia, efforts will focus on producing a base map of key social resources and public health facilities, particularly in flood prone areas to build community resilience plans. In Indonesia, HOT Indonesia have partnered with PMI (Palang Merah Indonesia) to produce disaster resilience plans through field mapping. Mapeando Meu Bairro in Mozambique will be using their devices to increase their field mapping capacity in Maputo to improve flood resilience plans for emergency responders. In Peru, the Nethope grant will be used to create a 3D cultural heritage project supported by UNESCO. OSM Sierra Leone will use the devices they purchase in collaboration with the Red Cross to map areas at risk of epidemiological crises.