Mapping Kenya's Largest Slum

A new project has created a digital map of Kibera, a large slum outside Nairobi, Kenya.
August 1, 2010, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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Due to the fluid nature of the township and its walking paths, the map is easily and constantly being updated by locals.

"But the map is intended for much more than just navigation. Its backers see the project as part of a wider drive to empower the slum's residents, providing the data they need to deal with the authorities and take control of their own future. A second phase in the map's development, now almost complete, envisions its wider use as a media tool that push awareness of its problems. Says Erica Hagen, who co-founded Map Kibera with digital mapping expert Mikel Maron: 'This isn't just about access to information, it's about creating that information itself.'"

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Published on Monday, July 26, 2010 in Design Observer
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