Can GIS technology help monitor stalled projects in informal settlements?
In November 2018, Hakijamii in collaboration with Kisumu Social Rights Association (Kisora) conducted a Global Information System (GIS) mapping of select stalled projects in Kisumu County’s informal settlements- Obunga, Nyalenda, Manyatta and Kibos through use of Google Earth maps. KIBOS Early Childhood and Education Centre was one such stalled project. The Google Earth Maps showed that the project had been in the same state for five years without completion. Through use of this information, the community conducted an advocacy to the Kisumu County Government demanding the stalled project to be completed. A visit back in the area in September 2019 shows some progress has been made to complete the stalled work! Communities in Kisumu county are appreciating that through use of factual information and technology advocacy can work, they now want the ECD centre to be equipped with infrastructure and teachers.
Before: 2018 imageKibos ECDE Center
After: September 2019 image of KIBOS ECDE Centre