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Guardians of the Map: Growing a community of OSM Mappers within Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia
We are growing a cohort of OSM Mappers within Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia to update and maintain OSM for Namibia, and demonstrate the capacity of OSM as a source of current and quality open data for basic spatial data required for the planning and upgrading of informal settlements and integrated neighbourhood planning.
budget (USD)$4998
location(s)Windhoek, Namibia
granteeAnni Beukes
contact(s)• annirosalen@gmail.com
organization (if applicable)•

Your project

This is an opportunity for you to tell us about your project. In this section we'd like to hear about your community, which local challenge your project addresses, what you plan to do and how, your sustainability plan, and how you plan to share your stories.

Describe the local challenge your project is addressing

In this section please describe in detail the challenge that your project addresses. We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

Our project addresses two interconnected local challenges:

A. Lack of the visibility, and, availability of spatial data of the built and natural environment in informal settlements in Namibia. This includes building footprints, street networks, basic services and amenities, and rivers.

In Namibia, 40% of the population live in informal settlements. Shacks outnumber brick houses 4:1 and in 2016, the President declared informal settlements a humanitarian crisis. The spatial data that is required for planning and upgrading informal settlements is piecemeal, expensive, and generated ad-hoc, often in silos by the various actors involved in planning upgrading. The consequences range from planners planning ‘over’ people, communities frustrated by continued exclusion from mainstream planning, to limiting efforts and strategies for long-term sustainable and equitable planning of human settlements in the country.

This lack of holistic data on the utilisation of land and the entire built environment also hamper efforts to innovate localised land administration models and train the next generation of land administrators and urban planners in relevant and responsive practices that can serve integrated, sustainable and equitable development.

B. Democratising digital data generation and process development within the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN).

The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) and its partner NGO the Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG), has a proven track record of delivering high quality and locally relevant data at scale on informal settlements and the lives of residents through their Community Land Information Programme (CLIP)[1]. The Federation uses data collection as a means to organise and as an avenue of participation to engage local and national authorities in dialogues around informal settlement upgrading. With the advent of digitisation in SDI through the Know Your City Campaign, while embraced by the young federation members, older members increasingly felt left behind and excluded from the data processes they initiated and developed. Losing the knowledge and wisdom of these leaders will be detrimental to the Federation’s process of using data to engage in dialogue with authorities.

OpenStreetMap mapping opens up the opportunity for the Federation for more participatory and inclusive digital data processes. It also provides an avenue for the Federation to demonstrate its capacity to generate high quality and verifiable data at scale within the digital data space and make crucial spatial planning data for informal settlements accessible and available for a wider cross-section of stakeholders.

Describe your project

In this section, please provide specific details about your mapping objectives. This should include: how you will contribute to help solve the local challenge you are addressing, what you aim to achieve with funding, what volume of mapping you plan to complete and how, and the number individuals are you aiming to include in mapping activities. We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

Since August 2020 NUST’s Department of Architecture and Spatial Planning, faculty from the Department of Land Administration and the Mansueto Institute are collaborating on a project to identify available public lands in Windhoek for infill-social housing. This project supports the City of Windhoek’s housing delivery and proposals for integrated and diverse neighbourhoods in the city. Large open-tracts of land in “better off” neighbourhoods are often demarcated as ‘public spaces’ but remain under-utilised. Using OSM data to drive powerful algorithms developed through the Million Neighbourhoods Map and OpenReblock, we are building a tool to identify open public lands within the city that are large enough and already connected to bulk-infrastructure access. These land could be upgraded at minimal cost to develop social housing opportunities for low-income residents of the city currently living in informal settlements.

We are in the beta- testing phase of our project and the existing quality of the OSM data available for Windhoek is a major challenge. We are using this challenge as an opportunity to improve the locally available data in OSM while responding to a long debated desire of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) to explore new avenues to make some of their data used in planning upgrading more visible and digitally available to a larger audience of stakeholders.

SDFN has an established CLIP data team and we will recruit 47 community mappers to develop skills and capacity, alongside the Tobler Society YouthMappers Chapter at the University of Chicago, in OSM mapping, validation and maintenance of the map. The group will consist of 15 youth and community leaders from Windhoek and 32 members from 16 towns outside of Windhoek where the Federation has ongoing upgrading projects. We will:

  • Evaluate and identify the gaps in the existing available OSM data for Windhoek.
  • Use remote online mapping, to map all building footprints, in formal and informal settlements, streets, roads, rivers, and available community basic services within informal settlements such as water taps and sanitation/ablution facilities across the entire urban extent of the City of Windhoek.
  • Work with the Tobler Society to develop validation capacity for our federation mappers to ensure that they contribute high quality data at regular intervals to OSM.

The funding we are requesting will support federation mappers from Windhoek and the other 16 towns to participate in mapathons and learning exchanges at NUST to build skills, capacity and confidence in OSM mapping.

Describe your sustainability plan

In this section please describe how your activities will continue post-funding. If you are applying for funding to purchase equipment, explain who will store/use the equipment you purchase, and if you have long term sustainability plans for your community's development. We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

Community-led data collection and curation is one of the keystones of the Federation to support their organising, planning, and upgrading of informal settlements. It is also a pathway used by the Federation to be included in participatory planning and setting the development agenda for informal settlements in Namibia. By bringing their data skills and collection capacity into OSM, the Federation will gain an opportunity not just to extend their own data, but more importantly showcase the value and quality of community data, this time in an openly available data platform - OSM, to partners like the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA).

The first cohort of Federation OSM Mappers in Windhoek and 16 other towns, will through the Federation’s established peer-to-peer learning model further train local Federation mappers in the cities beyond Windhoek. The successful demonstration of the value of including OSM mapping and methods into the Federation's data process will ensure the sustainability of the practice within the local and global network.

Federation mappers partner with a YouthMappers Chapter, locally and or abroad to take ownership of the OSM map in their cities and maintain high quality and regularly updated data that is readily available for their own use, that of the wider OSM community, and the Million Neighbourhoods Map. The Million Neighbourhoods Map (MNM) is a global visualisation of underserviced neighbourhoods across the global South. By maintaining their own part of the OpenStreetMap, communities ensure that the data visualised in the MNM is relevant and usable for their practice. Through OpenReblock, a tool of the MNM, communities are able to design multiple localised planning scenarios for upgrading their settlements and expanding access to basic services like water and sanitation with minimal disruption and cost.

By partnering with a YouthMappers Chapter, the Federations can develop a mutually accountable and habitual mapping practice by hosting quarterly Mapathons to monitor and update the maps in their cities/regions. We are developing a model for a community of practice that can be replicated and sustained in other communities in SDI currently affiliated with the Million Neighbourhoods Initiative in Sierra Leone and Nigeria. With the successful demonstration of this project, we hope to share this practice within the wider SDI network.

What are your community defined project goals, and how do you define project success?

Please explain you project goals. This can include: setting goals such as "we will train X number of new mappers", "we will register as a legal entity", or "the data will be used by X", and why these goals are important to your community such as "we intent to be legally registered so that we can receive more grant funding in the future", "we intend to engage X number of women in mapping activities so that we can empower local women" or "we want to build a partnership with X so that our data will be used and trusted". We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

Over the course of the 6 months of our project, we will train 47 mappers (15 from Windhoek and 32 from towns outside Windhoek) within the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia's CLIP Team. Our cohort will comprise 60% women and a cross-section of youth and senior members. The Federation has around 200 active youth members and they are the most active members within the CLIP Team. From Windhoek, we will recruit 10 youth members and 5 senior members. From the other 16 towns, we will a 1:1 ratio of youth and senior members. In this way, we aim to achieve our goal of including an equitable cross-section of members to capacitate in OSM mapping and thereby supporting the Federation's goal of democratising the digital data activities and process.

The Federation will gain a new and valuable data source to advance their organising and planning for informal settlements upgrading, literally enabling their various stakeholders to speak from the same openly available, accessible and verifiable data.

The mappers ability to generate high quality and validated data for the building footprints, street networks, and rivers in Windhoek will not only be useful to advance the project goals of our project to assess viable open public lands for infill social housing but will also demonstrate that the Federation has the capacity to generate and disseminate high-quality digital data at scale and at low cost to other projects and organisations.

What are your community's long term goals?

Please give describe your community's vision. This can include: where you see your community in five years' time, how you want your data to be used, future partnerships you'd like to establish, or how you would like your community to grow (or not!). We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

Our vision is to establish OpenStreetMap as the first port of call for all urban actors requiring spatial data for the upgrading of informal settlements and integrated planning of neighbourhoods in Namibia.

We have four (4) medium to long-term goals (18 - 48 months).

1.Establish and support a vibrant and well-capacitated OSM community within the entire Federation CLIP Team and embed OSM as part of the Federation's data tool and methods. This team along with their peers in the YouthMappers Chapters at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the University of Chicago are committed to the maintenance of OpenStreetMap data relevant to the Federation's upgrading process in their cities.

2.Build a model for a community of practice between informal settlements youth and their peers in universities to support the currency of Million Neighbourhoods Map [2]. The Million Neighbourhoods and its derivative tools OpenReblock and the namib_landuse tool rely entirely on the availability and quality of OpenStreetMap data. Co-generating the data and co-developing these tools offers a mutually productive and rewarding learning space for communities and students at both universities to apply their knowledge in real-life contexts to innovate new collaborative processes and tools to support the upgrading of informal settlements and integrated and sustainable neighbourhoods at local and global scales(see).

3. Within the Land Administration Department of NUST, Royal Mabakeng will be leading an effort to demonstrate the utility of the data to support the development of the Ministry of Rural and Urban Development's National Housing Register. This is a proposed national register of the housing stock, housing needs and extent of informal settlements in Namibia. She will also along with students explore how one may use the data to innovate land administration tools within the local context of urbanisation in Namibia and the need to secure equitable and sustainable tenure models.

4. In line with the UN Statistical Commission's Global Statistical Geospatial Framework the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) is committed to the spatialisation of census data in Namibia. The NSA's geospatial data for the 2021 census is limited to point data for households based on their catering arrangements. We wish to demonstrate to the NSA that the Federation is a valuable data partner that has the capacity to generate high-quality spatial data through OSM at low-cost that can enhance the quality of the data available to NSA.

List the tools you intend to use during your project and why

Please describe which tools you plan to use to collect, update, clean, or store you data and why. For example: "we plan to use HOT's Tasking Manager to coordinate volunteers" or "we will upload our data to X platform because..." We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

We will use HOTOSM Tasking Manager to coordinate our project mapathons and to track and evaluate achieving our mapping goals.

This project will be the first introduction for most members to OSM iD Editor. We will use iD Editor as the primary tool to contribute building footprint polygons, points for services and amenities, and lines for street networks rivers. We will curate and iterate throughout the project a set of locally relevant tags to ensure consistency of data contributed throughout the project and to teach good data management.

The JOSM validation training and support will be led by the Tobler Society YouthMapper who have completed the validation training this past summer.

By focusing on these three tools for this project, we believe we will set a strong foundation for our mappers to build skills and capacity in OSM mapping and the confidence to share their learning and experience in their wider data teams.

Explain how you plan to share your stories

Please give examples of how you will use share your stories with others. This can include: how you will publicise your news, where you will collect media content, how you will use social media channels, and if you will reach out beyond your immediate network to share your stories. We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

We will write up one blog post detailing our project, its lessons, and challenges to share via the newsletters of our project partners and HOTOSM. The Federation has an active Facebook page and will regularly share updates and media via Facebook and other social media e.g. Twitter.

We are looking towards the annual Namibia Urban Forum hosted by the Integrated Land Management Institute at NUST, set to fall in April/May 2021 to present our project to project partners, local stakeholders and regional visitors. The Forum is the premium event to discuss issues of urbanisation in Namibia and the region and has in past years brought together community organisations, planning professionals, local and regional authorities from across the SADC region and local and international academics.


Successful applications will demonstrate one or more partnerships with a local data user. Priority will be given to applications for which the data has been requested by a partnering organisation, or where the partner organisation has expressed interest in collecting the data for a specific use or intervention. Example partners include local non-government organisations (NGOs), community based organisations (CBOs), local governments, companies, universities, schools, and other academic institutions.

Describe who will use your data

It is important that the data you generate during the project is useful, and that it will be used to advance humanitarian and/or development challenges locally. In this section, please include: if the data you will be collecting has been requested by a partnering organisation, if there is an established formal relationship with the partnering organisation, if there is an existing MoU between you and the partnering organisation, and how long have you been working with the partnering organisation. If your organisation or community is going to be the data user, please describe how you will use the data, and how it ties in with your organisation's work. We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

A. Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia will use the data to, 1) make visible the extent of informal settlements and precarious housing in Namibia, 2) demonstrate to capacity of the Federation to generate and maintain, at low cost, high quality, and accessible basic spatial data with OpenStreetMap, and 3) to develop medium and long-term sustainable and equitable upgrading of informal settlements plans for 26 informal settlements in 16 towns (excluding Windhoek) over the next 3-5 years.

B. Namibia University of Science and Technology - Land Administration Faculty within the department will explore ways to use the data to develop innovative land management tools that are locally and responsive and that support the securing of tenure within urban areas in Windhoek for poor communities and residents.

C.Assessment of underutilized public land for infill housing opportunities in Windhoek project. This project seeks to develop a systematic assessment of underutilized public land in Windhoek as a first step in developing a concrete policy proposal for the realization of urban-infill housing on currently under-utilized publicly-owned land in Windhoek. The project aims to (1) identify and assess publicly-owned land in terms of efficiency of land-use; (2) assess such land in terms of potential for medium-density infill housing and accessible public space development; (3) assess statutory regulatory frameworks and processes to unlock identified land for such developments in the public interest. In addition to this empirical work, the trans-disciplinary research team will develop a locally-situated argument for the well-known benefits of urban densification from the perspective of productivity improvements, facilitation of mobility, provision of resilient infrastructure and services, and the democratization of open spaces. The findings will be shared with policymakers at the Local Authority and Central Government levels by means of a fact sheet and policy brief, with the larger aim of contributing to the development of an Adequate Housing Programme in collaboration with the CoW.

4) Million Neighbourhoods Map - Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation (University of Chicago)

Describe any other partnerships you plan to mobilise or establish for the purpose of the project

In this section, please describe any additional partners you might be working with. If there are no additional partners (beyond the data user) this must be stated here. We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

This project is effort to demonstrate a proof-of-concept and therefore at this point we aim to concentrate our engagement with existing partners and strengthen the relationships and learning within our community of existing partners.


Successful applications will include a developed strategy for the inclusion of women, girls, and marginalised groups in mapping activities. This includes the number of women, girls or marginalised groups you plan to engage, and the way in which you plan to interact with them.

How will you ensure that your project activities are inclusive?

Please describe how you will engage women and girls, or other marginalised communities in your mapping activities. Please include the number of women, girls or marginalised groups you plan to work with and how, and at which point in your activities you plan to engage them. We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

The SDFN is a womens-led organisation and the majority of members are women living in informal settlements. We will work on a 60/40 (female/male) ratio in the recruitment of our training members across the youth federation, as well as, student cohorts. We also actively seek to include members of other gender minorities. One of the local challenges our project addresses is the inclusion of more senior and other members with limited digital literacy and technological savvy, or appetite, into the digital data collection practices the Federation is adopting.

By committing the bulk of the requested project funds to support the participation of mappers beyond the capital Windhoek, we ensure that the knowledge and learning is not concentrated in one place, but that as wide as possible a cohort has access to this learning opportunity and can build capacity to become trainers within in their own local and regional communities.

The guiding ethos of our project is that we are engaging in a peer-learning process of learning together and co-developing a practice of collaborative knowledge production. Members come to the learning space committed to non-discrimination, respect for each other, and mutual learning.


Successful applications will show how communities intend to grow community engagement. This includes a practical approach on how many new mappers you aim to recruit and how they will be involved in community activities. Priority will be given to communities that also include a plan for ongoing engagement beyond the grant period. If this is not relevant to your project, please explain why.

Explain how you plan to expand your mapping community

In this section, please include: your approach to recruiting new mappers, how will you engage new mappers, how many new members you plan to recruit, and how will you retain community members throughout the duration of project and beyond. We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words.

We endeavour to grow our mapping community of practice within SDI Federations currently affiliated to and contributing to the Millions Neighbourhoods Initiative. These are the Federation of the Urban and Rural Poor in Sierra Leone (FEDURP) and their support NGO CODOSHAPA, and the Naija Federation and support NGO JEI in Lagos, Nigeria.

Using the Federation's long-established peer-peer and learning-by-doing framework we will co-develop a virtual learning module to share learnings and lessons learned with these two partner federations on mapping in OSM. Like their Namibian counterparts, members of these data teams are well trained and highly capable of learning a new mapping methodology and including it within their practice.

The Federation defined their participation in this project and gains they wish to make towards the priorities of their own process. It is a guiding principle of the Federation that they only support and participate in activities that advance their agenda - the upgrading of informal settlements, and securing of tenure for the poor and build capacity within the Federation. Without the Federation taking ownership of the process and guiding the academic researchers in the conceptualisation and implementation of this project, it would not be possible. This ownership of the project is also the Federations commitment that members will participate throughout the entire cycle of the project and beyond.


Priority will be given to applications that collaborate with other OSM communities in the region. This can be country specific or regional and can include collaboration with Youth Mappers Chapters, or members of the HOT community to help with training, validation (as examples). For support in sourcing collaborators, email

Describe other OSM communities you are already working with

This may include Youth Mappers chapters, or members of OSMF (as examples). If you are not already collaborating with an OSM community, please state this and explain how you plan to work with other communities in your project in the following question.

The Tobler Society joins this project as a peer partner and will contribute to the project by supporting Mapathons, co-developing the community of practice model and training members in OSM validation using JOSM.Tobler Society, founded in 2018, is a student organization at UChicago and the first Chicago chapter of YouthMappers. The Tobler Society was founded to support extracurricular interest in geography and spatial data science by holding workshops and community service events to build familiarity with the tools, methods, and approaches of the field. The Tobler Society is responsible for holding mapathons at UChicago, providing R workshops using OSM data, and offering GIS tutoring help to students. The Toblers will also support the revitalisation of the local NUST YouthMappers Chapter. They will also bring their technical GIS skills to support the further development and expansion of the Python namib_landuse visualistion tool.

Describe other OSM communities you plan to approach, or establish relationships with, for the purpose of the project

We recommend your response be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 400 words..

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) has an existing YouthMappers Chapter situated within the Geoinformation Technology Student Society. We are hoping to re-activate the Chapter and also encourage students from the Land Administration Department to join.

The Tobler Society YouthMappers Chapter at the University of Chicago will also support the re-activation of the local YouthMappers Chapter and we hope that connecting the Chapter more concretely with supporting the Federation, and to the broader working relationship of NUST's Architecture and Spatial Planning School with NHAG and the SDFN, will invigorate student participation again.

During the course of our project, we hope to reach out to the wider OSM Community for support on specific challenges we may encounter. Despite the long history of the CLIP Team, our community will be a start-up within the OSM community and our goal is to create a safe and supportive learning environment for our members to achieve their individual and collective learning goals and the goals of our project.

Project plan and budget

Priority will be given to applications that collaborate with other OSM communities in the region. This can be country specific or regional and can include collaboration with Youth Mappers Chapters, or members of the HOT community to help with training, validation (as examples). For support in sourcing collaborators, email

Budget breakdown

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Facebook Community Impact Microgrants: Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia Budget
Total grant amount requested: (This must be +/-$5000 USD) $ 4998
What do you plan to spend the money on Units being purchased Expected cost (jn USD) Total cost for budget item in USD Why is it needed? (please give as much detail as possible)
Wifi and internet access 0.00 0.00 Provided in kind by the Namibia University of Science and Technology : Land Administration.
Training Venue 0.00 0.00 Provided in kind by the Namibia University of Science and Technology : Land Administration.
Masks and Hand Sanitser 50 3.00 150.00 To comply with covid-19 health regulations in Namibia and to protect the health and safety of participants during our mapathons and workshops. We have an expected total of 47 particpants and 3 facilitators.
Stipends/Transport & Catering for Mapathons 5 400.00 per session 2000.00 We will host our mapathons and training at NUST as their facilities are adequate to safely host groups. Members will need to travel from their informal settlements on the western edge of the city to the city centre where NUST is located. It is customary within the Federation to provide a small stipend, transport cost and catering for sessions members have to attend.
Transport for participants from outside Windhoek 32 40.00 1280.00 Members from 16 towns - 2 each from each town - outside of Windhoek will be participating in the project. This is the cost of transport to enable them to participate in a face to face session with their peers . This session will include validation training via remote mapping and a site visit. Depending on the covid-19 travel restrictions and rules for gathering we may split this particular workshop over two sessions accommodating half of the members across the sessions.
Per Diems for participants from outside Windhoek
32 6.00 768.00 Members from 16 towns - 2 each from each town - outside of Windhoek will be participating in the project. The per diems are to support their coming to Windhoek for one weekend workshop and mapathon with their peers. This session will include validation training both via remote mapping and a site visit.
Laptop 1 620.00 620.00 This laptop will be a dedicated physical portal for Federation use to monitor and update OSM. It will also serve as a training resource that can travel to other regions beyond Windhoek.
Stationery and other sundries 1 180.00 180.00 This is a discretionary request to provide for stationary, paper, airtime for members during field visits to maintain contact and restocking the first-aid kit and other sundries that may arise during the mapathons.

Project plan

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Month 1 Month 2 Month 3 Month 4 Month 5 Month 6
w1 w2 w3 w4 w1 w2 w3 w4 w1 w2 w3 w4 w1 w2 w3 w4 w1 w2 w3 w4 w1 w2 w3 w4
Phase 1: Activation
Activity 1 : Activation Workshop of SDFN Youth and other partners : introducing OSM mapping and analysing the gaps in existing OSM data for Windhoek and other localities of interest to Federation
NUST YouthMappers & Tobler's Society
Activity 3 : Purchase laptop and secure dates and venue for mapathons
Activity 4: Notify project partners and supporters e.g. Mansueto Institute, Namibia Statistics Agency, Tobler Society etc.
Phase 2: Validation of existing data and commence iDEditor Training
Activity 1 : Validation of existing OSM data for Windhoek using JOSM
Activity 2 : 1/3Mapathons: Commence training for SDFN Windhoek in iDEditor
Activity 3 : 2/3 Mapathons: Complete data for Windhoek and other regions of interest to Federation
Phase 3 Data validation
Activity 1 : Peer-peer learning exchange between Windhoek and other regions
Activity 2 3/4 Mapathon : Site visit in Windhoek Informal Settlement + Validiation Training Youth and Community Members
Activity 3 : YouthMapper support validation
Phase 4 Evaluation and Upscaling
Activity 1 Review of progress and report writing
Activity 2 : Consolidation workshop - schedule to co-incide with annual Namibia Urban Forum
Activity 3: Stakeholder enagement


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