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Mapping the informal settlements of Kampala in response to COVID-19 Outbreak
We are proposing to map all the informal settlements in Kampala as a response to COVID-19 outbreak. This is in response to Uganda government's intervention program to provide relief food to these communities.
budget (Euro)4994.92
location(s)Kampala, Uganda
granteeSolomon Kica
contact(s)• kicamarc22@gmail.com• temadripeace@gmail.com
organization (if applicable)• Resilience Mappers

About your Mapping Community

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Resilience Mappers is a new online mapping community formed in March 2020 after the closure of universities to quickly respond to providing map data in areas where government and aid agencies expect to or have intervention programs in Uganda. Currently we are 5 final year students at Makerere University in Uganda pursuing a bachelors degree in Land surveying and Geomatics. We are all former members of YouthMappers that we joined in 2017 as freshmen and women and have been contributing to OpenStreetMap since then. We hope to provide required geospatial data that is most needed by government and aid agencies in intervention programs against COVID-19. Currently we are located in Kampala, Uganda with three women and two men and we expect to increase our influence and grow our membership and contribution to OSM

What do you need the grant money for?

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The Uganda government launched a program to provide food and relief to the vulnerable poor in the urban settlements of Central Uganda that have been hit hardest by the measures in place to reduce COVID-19 infections. These are motorcycle riders, taxi drivers, manual workers etc. who work hand-to-mouth and are directly affected by the drastic measures to contain the disease.

The majority of these people are in slums and informal settlements in a crowded and underserved neighbourhood. These settlements are under mapped when crosschecked with the current available aerial imagery (Bing). In spite of the delayed food and relief distribution due to a lack of complete spatial data, once the virus becomes established in these communities its magnitude is at risk of being underestimated fuelling unequal allocation of health care resources.

In Kampala alone, there are 50 informal settlements with over 1.5 million people out of Kampala’s 1.8 million people according to Action Aid International. This project aims to map all the roads and buildings within the 50 informal settlements within Kampala using aerial imagery remotely and available street view imagery that is Mapillary to add the basic service units such as health facilities within a span of 12 months. This is in effort to assist government intervention programs in allocation of resources in informal settlements of Kampala.

Methodology to be followed

1. Inception – will conduct meetings on Zoom with stake holders, this includes the possible users of the data and mapping communities and demonstrate workshops on the data collection methods, prepare inception reports and training materials.

2. Training – will set up training for volunteers from mapping communities across the country on zoom. This will guide mappers on the mapping methods to use.

3. Remote mapping – will map all the 50 informal settlements in the five divisions of Kampala. Prize competitions will be held among mapping communities for motivation. Remote mapping will be through

a. mapathons to add all buildings and roads in the informal settlements using JOSM and ID-Editor. Buildings will be tagged as temporary or permanent.

b. using available street view imagery that is Mapillary to add data on service centres especially health facilities, super markets, schools and churches.

4. Quality assurance – Data collected from the above methods will be validated by a team of experienced mappers to prevent map vandalism.

5. Web map – Data collected will be uploaded to a webmap repository showing the informal settlements where it can be accessed by locals in the community, NGOs, aid and government agencies.

6. Co-ordinating with stakeholders – Ensuring the data is available in a format the stakeholders can use, such as web maps, static maps, & exports for particular programmes.

7. Promotion – The project will be promoted on social media like twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook to make contact with the local people to ensure that they take over the role of maintaining the map data that has been prepared.

8. Closing – will include preparing accountabilities, winding up, report writing, and documentation. We are currently contacting the Actogether and Slum Dwellers International to provide insights on the possible use of the data.

Budget breakdown

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Item What we plan to spend money on? Expected cost per unit (Euro) Quantity we plan to buy / subscription length Expected total cost (Euro) Why is it needed?
1 Airtime 10.518395 5 people per month for 12 months 631.1037 Voice bundles to be bought from telecom companies to facilitate telephone calls. The airtime will be loaded on 5 members’ telephone numbers. This airtime will be used to call stakeholders and to facilitate communication between the members and other mapping communities
2 Laptop 341.2473 5 people 1706.2365 This will be used by the 5 mapping community members who have dedicated their full time to conduct the programming, tasking and running of the project. The laptops will also be used for validating the data remotely mapped from volunteers.
3 Internet access 21.3486371 12 months for 5 people 1280.918226 Internet data bundles will be bought and loaded on 5 telephone contacts of the members of the mapping community. The volunteers and mappers from other communities will connect to the 5 contacts registered to share the internet connection.
4 Zoom account 13.8251271 12 months 165.9015252 This will be used to subscribe to Zoom's host account for 12 months
5 Prize for mappers: Smart phones 111.59709 1 item per month for 4 months 111.59709 To motivate the mappers, 4 phone prizes will be given out every after 3 months. The top contributing community in each month will be given a smart phone for motivation. This will be expected to facilitate their field mapping in future after the uplift of lockdown.
5 Solar panel + accessories 171.54594 Lumpsum 171.54594 Due to the lockdown, one of the 5 members of our mapping community cannot access electricity as there are several blackouts that occur almost every week. The solar panel will help him have continuous access to electricity.
7 Web map developer 138.3435 Lumpsum 148.3435 A lumpsum amount will be given to a web map developer as stipend such that he dedicates his/her full time to this output.
8 Facebook promotion 31.12473 12 months 373.49676 This amount will be used to create awareness of the project to stakeholders, donors and community mappers through Facebook. This will ensure that the community takes on the role of contributing to the project even after the grant period expires.
9 Twitter promotion 31.12473 12 months 373.49676 This amount will be used to create awareness of the project to stakeholders, donors and community mappers through Twitter. This will ensure that the community takes on the role of contributing to the project even after the grant period expires.
10 Prize delivery 32.28015 Lumpsum 32.28015 Delivery of the prizes to 4 mapping communities. Due to the lockdown, third party companies will be used to deliver the prizes to the winners.
Total 4994.920151

If you receive a grant, what do you aim to achieve?

It is recommended that this supports mission of the OSM Foundation and your local community. Please provide us with any information you think is relevant including the metrics you expect to achieve. Please write 100-200 words.

The main objective is to map remotely using JOSM, ID-Editor and available street-view imagery the 50 informal settlements in Kampala over a period of 12 months filling in missing data in these areas.

Expected outcomes.

  1. Build capacity of mappers. Develop technical capacity of local community mappers in using open mapping tools, focusing on remote mapping using street-view imagery. We expect to engage 5 YouthMappers chapters from different universities in Uganda. With an average of 10 volunteers from each chapter, we expect to train about 50 mappers.
  2. Increase number of settlements, roads and service centres on OpenStreetMap. With a population of 1.5 million people in the informal settlements. Over 300,000 household units are expected be added to OSM. OSMCha will be used to measure this outcome biweekly.
  3. Develop a web map repository of informal settlements in Kampala. Since there is no single inventory of the informal settlements in Uganda. A web map repository will be created for Kampala’s informal settlements.
  4. Increase OSM outreach in the community through social media engagements
  5. Increase facilitation of aid and government intervention programs. Monthly feedback forms and interviews will be obtained from stakeholders to determine whether they are satisfied with the outputs of the project

Do you receive funding from any other sources at the moment?

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Currently we do not have any funding from any other source.

Is there anything you would like OSMF to support you with?

If there is anything which you would like OSMF to support you with in order to strengthen your project, please let us know. For example, this could include building relationships with OSM communities, sourcing updated imagery for mapping projects, or guidance on how to use some of the tools we have created. We want to do our best to support OSM communities, so please let us know what you need. Please write no more than 150 words.

We would like OSMF to help in sourcing most updated imagery for this project. At the time of preparing this application, we used Bing imagery to spot the data gaps in the informal settlements compared to the available data on OpenStreetMap.

Mapillary has developed tools to assist in adding data to OSM. Since we expect to use it to fill in gaps of service units in the informal settlements, we would appreciate if we get a quick training on how to use these tools.


By submitting this form to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, you certify the information contained in this application is correct, and that if you are awarded a grant, you will use it only for the purposes described above. You will provide written documentation and receipts for all of your expenses to the OSM Foundation to demonstrate this. You understand that the decisions made by the OSM Foundation Microgrants committee are final.

I, Solomon Kica of Resilience Mappers, agree to follow the above declaration.


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

This looks like an awesome project, and I'm proud to endorse it - Jonah Adkins

The data created from this project will promote efficacy in the provision of relief to the people affected during this period. I therefore fully support and endorse this project.Ingrid k (talk) 08:51, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

The project could not only be used by the government but the humanitarian communities as well. Its really interesting and I second it! Rehema Nakibuuka (talk) 18:04, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

Mapping informal settlements will not only help the government in this covid-19 crisis but will also aid in achievement of the sustainable development goals.And the non government organisations will use this information to deliver effective social and economic aid. Therefore i confidently support and endorse this project.Joweria Namirembe (talk) 20:03, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

This is a wonderful project and I believe that it will support the Government intervention programs in allocation of resources in the informal settlements of Kampala, most especially in the distribution of relief Food and Masks during this period of COVID-19 pandemic. The data collected from this project will also later on be available for use by OSM users,Non governmental agencies and the Private sector in need of spatial data concerning the informal settlements of Kampala. I therefore, strongly believe that this project will help in building the mapping communities within Kampala and Uganda at large. I'm very happy to endorse it. Temadri Peace (talk)