Smcose Youth Mappers
Primary contact's full name
Do you have an OSM account?
If yes, what is your OSM username?
Please indicate the name(s) and OSM usernames of any additional individual(s) who will be leading the execution of the project if this application is successful
NAME & OSM username
Frank Anderson - Sahilkid
Gifthope Kimambo - Kimambogh
Emil Mwasongole - Emil mwasongole
Salma Ajabah - Salma ajabar
Anna Filex - anniefilex
Janety Mwakisole - Mwakisole janety e
Doreen Shedrack - kisamo
Oliva Minja - Oliva minja
Simon Wilson - Simon e wilson
Deodatus Venance - mkushi
Joseph Mayenga - Joseph sitta mayenga
Grace Hyela - frankiegee
Lucy Mtatilo - lucymtatiro
If you have an OSM account, please check the boxes that apply
I am a rarely active mapper
What is the name of the community group/organization this pitch is being submitted on behalf of?
SMCoSE Youth mappers
Is your organization/community group legally registered?
If you indicated "No" above, please indicate the name of an organization who would be able to accept the funds on your behalf
SEED OF HOPE
Proposed project location
Morogoro region (Morogor urban and Ifakara district)
Have you previously been AWARDED any grants?
Please indicate the total funding amount you are requesting
Information About the Project
What is the problem that you are working to address in your community?
(In this section please describe in detail the challenge that your project addresses. We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.)
Flooding is one of the leading disasters, local people are the ones who mostly affected. Flash floods have been a major challenge to high developing regions in developing countries. Morogoro region in Tanzania is among of regions. The rate of urban development is higher than infrastructure development and maintenance. Blocked and clogged drains have been a major source to urban flooding in Morogoro urban. Plastics plays an important role in facilitating drains clog upon its combination with other solid waste. And responsible people are aware of and try their best to improve drains but when rains comes, it proves that nothing have been tackled. Unavailability of plastic pollution datasets have obscured disaster management teams and urban planners on the trend of the state of plastic pollution as distributed geographically specifically on and near drainage systems. This project address local plastic challenge to flooding disaster intensification. The project will develop broad plastic pollution dataset that will be easily accessible, sufficient and available open source to support decision making on disaster management proactively.
What motivates you to work on this issue?
(what is the reason that triggered, inspired you to work on this issue, we recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.)
SMCoSE Youth mappers Chapter is the single definitive and inclusive representative group for Youth Mappers at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. SMCoSE Youth mappers Chapter is affiliated with the global network of Youth Mappers, (www.youthmappers.org). The purpose and motive of SMCoSE Youth mappers in this project is to grant students the opportunity to improve skills in the field of mapping and create open geographic data and analyses that address locally defined development challenges in their communities and field of expertise. This call for community micro grant has motivated us to express our vision which is to cultivate a generation of young people to become leaders in creating resilient communities and empowering them to define their world by mapping it. The organization will strive to exchange and collaborate with other Youth Mappers chapters and youth groups worldwide while also offering ourselves as a resource and service to Sokoine University of Agriculture, student organizations and our local communities to add value through mapping. This team has taken this move to demonstrate the value of mapping, through inclusive mapping activities in Ifakara town council while developing capacity of universities, secondary and primary school students in Morogoro region to add maps to OpenStreetMap.
Have you worked on solving the same issue before?
If yes, what have you already done to solve this issue?
(Please be specific and highlight your greatest accomplishments, We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.) If none, write N/A
SMCoSE Youthmappers was successful awarded a funded field work to tackle the challenge of trash data gap in Morogoro urban. Currently the field work is on its execution and going well up to 1st of June. Almost 1000 out of 5000 trash point have already collected.
If yes, what challenges have you faced in your work to solve this issue, and how did you respond to these challenges?
(Please be specific and highlight your biggest challenges and how did you solve them, We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.) If none, write N/A
While doing field data collection on trash point, enumerators recognized plenty of plastics trash point which are very scattered and challenging to capture actual location due to their lightness to be transported by either wind or water. In this end enumerators failed to capture plastic flows as the situation portray because of lack of budget stream to deeply capture plastic trash flow channel and life cycle to water channels specifically in drains which cause clogging.
If no, what do you anticipate as challenges while working towards solving the issue?
(Please be specific and highlight the biggest challenge you might face when working on this project ,We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.)If none, write N/A
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 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.)
The project post-funding activities includes (1) launching of plastic pollution mapping campaign accompany by trainings both on site and online trainings on how to map by capturing images and uploading to respective server to contribute in solving both local and global plastic challenges. This launching expected to involve partnerships with governments institutions, NGOs and community based organization to help scale the campaign as fast as possible. Through partnerships, our community will expose to other opportunity for its survival. (2) Our community plan to develop web portal for easy data interpretation (counting of plastics on images) that will help to preserve more volunteers on the pitch. The web portal will be our baseline investment platform as we will engage in mapping of complex aspects through georeferenced photographing. The web portal will be a center hub for labelling image datasets aimed to develop broad data that will be used as input to train machine learning/ deep learning model to detect plastics from images automatic. Development of AI powered model is the future scope of this project. Web portal will be our key product for achieving and securing both spatial and non-spatial data collection projects that can ingest revenue for the survival of our community.
What are your community defined project goals
(Please explain your project goals. This can include: setting goals such as "we will train X number of new community, "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 intend to engage X number of women in mapping activities so that we can empower local women” We recommend your response be a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 300 words.)
The project will train at least 100 new mappers from the local community, at least 1000 new mappers from volunteers globally. This project will develop broad dataset that will be used by national/regional/district disaster risk and management team and urban planners purposively to intelligently prioritize the risk drains to floods and mitigate proactively; Also it will give a broad picture and initiate researches or modelling on possible movement of plastics to oceans. Our community intend to register as legal entity as soon as possible to alleviate the likelihood and meet the prerequisite for funding from the world biggest donor agents such as USAID, UKAID, IKI etc. Current we work under the custody of Youthmappers network and Sokoine University of Agriculture as our host agent, we aim to scale out and stand as independent community organization that can partner or sign memorandum of understanding with the government such as National bureau of statistics for easy recognition and acceptance of data usage; with universities (from SUA and others) for providing access to grant opportunities; NGOs such as GIZ, GWP, WWF etc. purposively for attracting data collection tenders; and with community organizations such as Youthmappers to access the community easily. The partnership broad aim is to attract or request for funding for biggest and long term projects from the world biggest donors such USAID, UKAID, GCF. We will ensure to involve both mappers, community members and volunteer in equal gender basis to empower more women to contribute to this easiest way of mapping (georeferenced photographing)
What are your project long-term goals?
(Please describe your project vision. This can include: where you see your project 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 project to grow (or not!). We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words)
We will be a legal registered entity specializing on data collection. Our data will be easily accessible, sufficient and open source unless the project-based donor specify otherwise. We will be hosting a biggest campaign on plastic pollution mapping using georeferenced photographing globally. We will have a web portal where anyone can access from anywhere globally. We expect that our web portal will be important tool for facilitating decision support to policy makers and decision makers, and researchers to modelers. We also expect to contribute a great potential to fighting the fate of plastic pollution. Our partnership vision aims to sign memorandum of understanding with the government such as National bureau of statistics for easy recognition and acceptance of data usage; with universities (from SUA and others) for providing access to grant opportunities; NGOs such as GIZ, GWP, WWF etc. purposively for attracting data collection tenders; and with community organizations such as Youthmappers to access the community easily. The partnership broad aim is to attract or request for funding for biggest and long term projects from the world biggest donors such as USAID, UKAID, GCF. In addition, we will allow data publication to our web portal from our partner organizations
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. We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.)
The project will use mobile phone technologies open data kit (ODK) and Kobo collect to collect georeferenced imagery dataset from field. Mobile phone technologies are very cheap, easily accessible and usable by anyone. Kobo toolbox will store all data collected temporarily, google drive will store all collected data permanent. Python libraries especially pandas and numpy will be used to clean our datasets. We recommend python because we expect collection of very large dataset that need automation for its cleaning, python is best and easy to use when it comes to its coding but also it is familiar with our mappers. Google suite service will be used by volunteers globally to access the data in google sheet and edit the column for number of plastic present in respective image. Google sheet allow sharing edits and excel editing is quite familiar by a lot of people. The dataset will be supplied in two phase, phase 1; volunteers will label images, phase 2; dataset will be randomly re-arranged to allow volunteers to re-label for validation. The validation phase also will use google sheet. This validation design is best due to the fact that the project is pilot and it has no any baseline data that can be used for intelligent validation.
What additional knowledge or skills do you need to improve the effectiveness of the project?
(if there is any addition training you will need example how to use open source tools ,how to write good report etc please identify them below and why, We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.) If none, write N/A
Explain how you plan to share your stories
(Please give examples of how you will use to 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 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.)
Social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and medium) will be our main land pages for sharing the progress of the project activities and different experiences. Emails, WhatsApp, zoom will be our main communication gateway between ourselves and others including those who are beyond our normal network. Our social media accounts will have handled with team nominated from our mappers as a part time activities. Except for medium where it will include almost all mappers and volunteers to write a joint blog based on the experience acquired from field work. 70% of our mapper are rich and good in graphics designing, they will help in designing of social media contents that drive attention and communicate effective about the project. We expect to write and post content on a field work activities basis and weekly basis to summarize what have been done in a short video clip or gif. We will design different content from images to short video clips. Our communication plan will involve WhatsApp mostly because is the mostly used method in our country. Emails will be used to communicate with outside people who are part of the project but are not present in our pilot areas, and zoom meeting will be used to host different trainings to volunteers.
Describe who will own/access and use the 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 who , if there is an established formal relationship with any organization , and 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 will they use the data, and how they will access the data also is there possibility of other similar organizations to access and own the data . We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 400 words.)
The project data will be hosted under open source license where the main users are the local government especially regional/district disaster risk and management team and urban planners although National Geographic in collaboration with Earth day have been demanding plastic distribution data in Tanzania produced through community scientist. Open street map (OSM) is one of the mostly used platform by urban planners, researchers and disaster risk and management team to access up to date information despite of the fact that there is plenty of data in their database (outdated), and the scale of timeline needed to update data by the government is somehow large. What if we collect data and upload and create tagging to open street map? It has been recommended by both researchers and urban planners on the development of drainage datasets to tackle floods crisis. For example, in Dar es salaam city planners have expressed a blame on unavailability of drainage dataset that hinder them from engaging and mitigating Dar es salaam floods effectively. Currently Dar es salaam have been mapped to provide that kind of data and this project address the problem for Morogoro urban planners but in different perspective, we will not collect engineering based datasets of drainage systems rather plastics pollutants that contributes to drains clogging. we will fill them with plenty of georeferenced data they need to act effectively in early floods mitigations in Morogoro urban.
Describe any other community/organization you plan to approach and share data for the purpose of the project impact
(In this section, please describe any additional partners you might be working with or share data with since they have indicated the need of data that will be collected. If there are no additional partners (beyond the data user) this must be stated here. We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.) if none write N/A
Seed of hope is our proud partner in this project who will be capable of administering our project financial issues. Sokoine University of Agriculture is our partner and host university on all of our activities. We aim to establish partnership with the local government to ease presentation of our dataset, ensure its safety and applicability as we expect. We aim to mobilize partnership with resilience academy to ease sharing of data to their climate data hub but also to drive attention of resilience academy partners to work with us. We aim to share data with earth day Tanzania that established a demand before this call.
How will you ensure that your project activities will consider gender/children?
(Please describe how you will engage women/girls and school children in your project activities. Please include the number of women, girls or marginalized 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 100 words and a maximum of 300 words).
The project will be done in 50-50 equal between female and male (including youth and schools children). From field data collection to data validation, we will ensure equal sharing of duties. During field work, all participant will be 7 females and 7 males, community member also will be alternating for example if today we assisted by male, tomorrow will be by female. On a validation phase which involve volunteers, we plan to host a mapathon based on validation of our dataset that will involves only women. Probably this could drive more attention and participation of female volunteers
Open Knowledge Evolution
Explain how you plan to expand your mapping community
(In this section, please include: your approach of working in a peripheral area to expand the knowledge, how will you engage new members from an unexposed community, how many new members you plan to recruit, and how will you retain community members throughout the duration of the project and beyond. We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.)
The project post-activities expect to initiate plastic pollution mapping campaign. The campaign will accompany with a lot of mapathon embedded with prize to attract retention of volunteers and drive in new mappers. This campaign expects to recruit at least 100 new mappers globally that will aid in scaling of campaign activities. Again new recruited mappers will attract other volunteer at their respective area to help contribute in plastic pollution mapping. Transparency is our member retention principles, such that all project we secured or involved in must be shared and all member must provide with all information including project financial flow purposively to build strong trust and accountability among our self.
Describe the communities you are already working with
(This may include local government, private sector, institutions or OSM communities (as examples). If you are not already working with any of the above communities, please state this and explain how you plan to work with other communities in your project. We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.)
SMCoSE Youthmappers chapter members have been working hand in hand in collaboration with majority of other youthmappers chapter through training, capacity building, and filling missing maps to the open street map. Earth day Tanzania also have been a proud organization we were working with mobilizing the community to stay carbon free lifestyle
Describe other communities you plan to approach, or establish relationships with, for the purpose of the project
(We recommend your response be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300 words.)
We plan to approach, or establish relationships with the universities residing in Morogoro urban and Ifakara purposively for scaling up the number of youthmappers chapters and OSM communities that will be assisting in sustainability of this project in the following years.
Please share a PDF version of your proposed budget
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Please share a PDF version of your proposed project plan
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