Jul
17

In Kenya, Using Tech To Put An ‘Invisible’ Slum On The Map : Parallels : NPR

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In Kenya, Using Tech To Put An ‘Invisible’ Slum On The Map : Parallels : NPR.

This short, and excellent, NPR report on efforts being made by volunteers in Nairobi’s largest slum are inspiring.  Mapping is being done with GPS and other tools.  These enable the residents to negotiate with authorities for services, identify ill-lighted and thus dangerous allies, and get services installed. The story of installing a water pipe is especially interesting.

By 2020, 80% of the African population will live in urban areas. Very few countries are preparing for this, or conducting planning exercises that realistically could be executed.  The people are empowering themselves with modest digital tools to provide for themselves.

The only thing not covered by the piece is the possibility of naming or numbering streets and allies and residences.  Once that is done, people will have legal identities, and postal service,  and bank accounts, and identity cards, and citizen power.

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