WikiProject Uganda/June Workshops

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Project Description

Engaging local communities in a process of infrastructure mapping and services through ICT enabled tools such as mobile phones and online mapping.

In addition to engaging local communities, we seek to support the skills of young urban planners in Uganda to take advantage of free and low cost urban mapping tools - such as Open Street map, Taarifa, Ushahidi etc. through a series of field based mapping campaigns in concert with local communities.

The inclusion of a skills components to the community mapping is expected to provide for sustainability benefits as many university students of urban planning are expected to go into government positions in local governments. Furthermore the close interaction between urban planning students with local citizens in the data mapping process is expected to increase awareness of local concerns and community mechanisms for prioritisation and decision making.

Expected Outcomes

1. better baseline data and participatory project preparation processes available to urban LGAs in the public domain;
2. A network of citizen stakeholders engaged in public asset and urban service delivery design and prioritisation dialogues with local ward offices;
3. student and (over time) professional Ugandan urban planners skilled in the use of free and low cost community mapping tools and sensitised to the modality of engaging citizens in the community mapping process;
4. citizen generated open data available to and serving as a catalyst for collaboration in innovation communities providing the potential for spin off applications or value added services.


World Bank
Makerere University (provide Urban planning students and computer science students)
Fruits of Thought (local organisation with open source mapping training experience & facilitating partner )
Twaweza (provide equipment for community mapping)
Ground Truth Initiative (consultancy service to conduct first time trainings and set up small mapping teams)


1. Training and Planning / 18th - 22th June 2012
2. Summer 2012 Mapping Campaign / July - September 2012
3. Establishment of Project Office - September 2012
4. Summer 2013 Mapping Campaign July - September 2013


Kick start efforts to engage youth, students and community members to help populate their maps and add reports on urban service needs. Building relations with university, local government and the tech community during a 1 week workshop in June.

(1. Training and Planning / 18th - 22th June 2012) Training and Planning activities led by a professional facilitator (such as Ground Truth) along with World Bank mapping consultants.


1. lead recruitment, training and workshop to prepare students for summer data collection, including data collection;
2. handover skills to selected local partner who will execute summer training; and
3. support skills and curriculum transfer to Makerere University.


We kick off with a morning introducing the different partners
1. The Worldbank
2. Ground Truth Initiative
3. Makerere University
4. Fruits of Thought

Together we go through the preparation that has been done for the workshop with the stakeholders and the mapping day at the Makerere University.

The second day will be the workshop with the different stakeholders. The idea of involving other organisations is that mapping is never a goal in itself, but always supports an (existing) process. In order to support that process well, we need to consult the process owners. The three themes in urban areas that we see are Community Media, Local Government and Service Delivery.

Besides the process workshops, technical workshops will be held on the side around subject that help implement the ideas coming from the processes. These will run in parallel, in the afternoons.

Every process workshop aims to define maps that can support the core process(es) of the process owner and take a morning session. In the afternoon a plan of approach to create these maps, and embed them in the organizations is developed, together with the design of a sample outcome map (just as an image).


Monday 18th June (morning) - Kick off
Monday 18th June (afternoon) - Program discussion & preparation training

Tuesday 19th June (morning) - Workshop with stakeholders (concept: making useful maps)
Tuesday 19th June (afternoon) - Workshop with stakeholders (concept: making useful maps)

Wednesday 20st June (morning) - Mapping with Makerere University Students (concept: introduction & pilot training format)
Wednesday 20st June (afternoon) - Mapping with Makerere University Students (concept: introduction & pilot training format)

Thursday 21st June (morning) - Topic: Community involvement
Thursday 21st June (afternoon) - Topic: Technical discussions

Friday 22st June (morning) - Develop Master Plan
Friday 22st June (afternoon) - Writing down the Master Plan

Tuesday Workshop

We need to calculate how many people we want/can get for this workshop. If it goes over 20, the MB location is *just* too small. (pics here )

Theme #1 Citizen Media


- identifying local partners
- blogging
- tweeting
 - etc?

Possible partners:


Theme #2 Local Councils


 - Hygiene
 - Education
 - Citizen <> LC communication

Possible partners

- Makindye Division

Theme #3 Service Delivery


 - Client error reporting
 - Operator communication
 - Loadshedding
 - Planned Network growth

- National Water & Sewage - UMEME (electricity) -

Theme #4 Environment


 - Noise Polution
 - Garbage (burning) Polution
 - Restricted area (wetland, national park) encroaching
 - Traffic

Thing to do:

- Identify Stakeholders
- Invite Stakeholders
- Find a location
- Arrange facilities
- Contact university
- Invite students
- prepare workshop with Stakeholders
- prepare mapping day with students


We need extra GPS devices & walking papers http:/


We need to find a location for the Tuesday workshop


Later on.. 2.) Summer 2012 Mapping Campaign (July - September 2012) Led by a consortium of networked local partners, including LGAs and community level groups this activity will engage the 50+ student mappers and community members focusing on four wards simultaneously.

3) Establishment of Project Office (September 2012) Working with existing innovation spaces (such as Fruits for Thought lab), this office will engage elite mappers, technologists and site leaders build on top of geo-spatial infrastructure to i) create a public domain multilayer map of Kampala that visualizes data of basic infrastructure and community perceptions; ii) develop mechanisms to make actionable information around service issues (observed or experienced) available in near real time to policymakers.

4) Summer 2013 Mapping Campaign (July - September 2013) This effort will expand on the 2012 mapping and incorporate feedback mechanisms into mapping and data collection process.