Map Kibera

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Map Kibera Trust is an organization based in the Kibera slum in Nairobi Kenya. Map Kibera Trust has continued efforts to transform a marginalized settlement which was previously a blank spot on the map into an increasingly visible and vibrant community. Now a full citizen information and media project, we use tools like mapping, SMS, blogging and video. For more information visit and

Our Team

The Map Kibera team is continually engaged in mapping projects in Kibera, Nairobi and across Kenya. Our active mappers are inked to OSM accounts muindre fondolucy Peter Agenga.

Please get in touch with any questions or comments, through our user pages or by email to contact at mapkibera dot org.

Mapping Projects

We use the hashtag #mapkibera for all our projects.

Kenya Public Partipatory Budget Mapping

Public Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a program in several counties in Kenya allowing citizens to determine collaboratively the spending of a portion of the county’s development budget. The program is facilitated by the World Bank and Map Kibera has been assigned the duty of training and offering technical support to two counties namely Makueni and Baringo. You can read more at and


Training focused on the field mapping tools. This saw the youths/ trainees being trained on how to use Garmin GPS units. For the first we also did a training on using mobile data collections such as OpenDataKit and KOBO collect. The trainees were also trained on how to edit the data that they have collected in the field using JOSM and later uploading the data to OpenStreetMap.

In preparation to the field mapping, Map Kibera conducted a mapathon to create a base map for the chosen locations (Makueni & Baringo). In the remote mapping the focus was on roads, buildings and water ways.


Part of the data that we are collecting  for this project is using non-standard tags such as:

  • chambers=
  • fee=
  • hand_wash_point=
  • gender=
  • government_registered=
  • operator_type=
  • funded_by
  • operated_by=
  • operational_status=
  • wb_pb:id=
  • image:project=
  • image:pointofinterest=
  • cost=


Some of the youths/trainees from Kabarnet and Ravine ward who are involved in the exercise are

OpenSchoolsKenya Project

In 2014 Map Kibera kicked off a project dubbed Open Schools kKnya. The goal of the project was to build up on the already existing map of schools in Kibera. This included collecting extra information about the schools such as number of students both male and female, number of teachers both male and female. Whether the school is registered, accessibility of the school and many more. After 3 months of extensive mapping, we managed to map over 350 schools in Kibera and created the first website of schools in Kibera

After the succesful work in Kibera there was a need to scale up the work to other regions of Nairobi, one of the areas that we mapped was Mathare slum. This was done in collaboration with students from University of Nairobi through the Youth Mappers programme. As part of scaling up the work, we recently moved to Kangemi, this was through recommendation from the area Member of Parliament who has been a main user of the Open Schools Kenya website.


Community forums

Before starting the mapping exercise we had several meetings with different administration offices that are in charge of the area this include the office of the area Member of parliament, District Education Officer for Westalands constituency, the assistant county commisioner for Westlands sub county and the head of non formal schools association schools in Kangemi. We also some of the schools heads and shared about the work that we'll be conducting in the area. After that we did a one week baseline survey to interview parents on which important information could be relevant to them in regards to education.


The training took place in Kangemi and focus topics were on the tools that we would be using in the field. The teams that was being trained comprised of youths selected from different wards in Kangemi division. The training kicked off with a session on how to collect data using OpenDataKit app.This included how to set up the app and how to fill in the survey form while in the fiels. The trainees were also trained on how to edit the data that they will in the field using JOSM and later upload the data to OpenStreetMap.

Remote mapping

In preparation to the field mapping, Map Kibera created a task on hot tasking manager to trace buildings in Kangemi and Kibagare slum.

Changset tags

We use #openschoolskenya #kangemi in our changesets for this project


We are in the process of documenting the standard and non-standard tags. Our internal spreadsheet lists the current working set of tags here.