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(c) Map Kibera

Thursday, March 6, 2014 
9:30am – 11:00am EST (Time Converter
World Bank Main Complex, Room MC-C2-137

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Community mapping and crowdsourcing can be effective ways to inform and measure development impact on the ground. As a result, these technologies have caught the attention of government institutions, civil society organizations, and development agencies. However, while these methods have helped improve delivery of public services when applied on a small, local scale, they have not yet been successfully scaled up by larger institutions, nor has there been a straight forward path to engaging civil society and public and private sector counterparts.

This event focuses on how operationalizing mapping and crowdsourcing initiatives in large organizations can lead to better public service delivery and greater development impact, and how best to build on and share the evidence base and best practices around the use and application of mapping and crowdsourcing. It will engage a broad range of multi-sectoral experts in a dialogue about the measurable impact on the ground and lessons learned from programs that leverage technologies to enhance the delivery of public services.

This event is the first of a Series on “How Can Technology Accelerate Citizen Engagement?” The series will explore the ways in which technology can serve to close the accountability gap—the space between the supply (governments/service providers) and demand (citizens, communities, CSOs)—and create a bridge for open and collaborative governance by serving to enhance transparency, accountability, and public service delivery.

The series complement a forthcoming World Bank Directions in Development publication entitled, “Closing the Feedback Loop: Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?” 

The two case studies and the working paper are below:

Interactive Community Mapping: Between Empowerment and Effectiveness
The Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in Fragile State Contexts
Working Paper: Malawi’s Open Aid Map

Moderator: Rob Baker, Director of Operations | Ushahidi

Rob Baker is Director of Operations for Ushahidi, a global software company creating mobile and geospatial application for crowdsourcing, and a consultant for the World Bank's GFDRR program. His twelve year career as a developer and project director has focused entirely on the intersection of cutting edge technology with humanitarian response and has included time as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow implementing open data strategy at USAID, membership with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, a delegate of the U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission for Media, and several NGOs.


Nithya Raman, Director | Transparent Chennai

Nithya V. Raman is an urban planner who has been working in India for nearly a decade. Her research and writing has focused on urban governance, slums and access to land and services, and transparency. In 2010, she founded Transparent Chennai, which creates maps and information about neglected civic issues to support advocacy by and for the urban poor. The team’s research is cited widely, and has informed public discourse and decisionmaking on urban policies in India.

Cristiano Ferri Faria, Director | Hacker Laboratory, Brazilian House of Representatives

Cristiano Ferri Faria is the developer of projects in the field of democratic governance, such as e-Democracy Program, open data policy and hacker marathon at the Brazilian House of Representatives. As senior official of its House for 21 years, he has built expertise in lawmaking, committee work, parliamentarian advisory, electronic democracy, parliamentary informatics, collaborative transparency, innovation in public sector and quality of law (legistic). Faria is a research associate from Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School and PhD in sociology and political science at the Institute for Social and Political Studies, State University from Rio de Janeiro. He also holds a MSc in public policy from Queen Mary's College, University of London. He is currently  of the Hacker Laboratory, an institutional body of the Brazilian House of Representatives.

Mikel Maron,
 Co-founder | GroundTruth Initiative

Mikel Maron is a programmer and geographer working for impactful community and humanitarian uses of open source and open data. He is co-founder of Ground Truth Initiative, and of the Map Kibera project. He’s formerly on the Board of the OpenStreetMap Foundation, and President and Founder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, having helped to facilitate the OSM response to the Haiti earthquake. He’s travelled widely, organizing projects in India, Palestine, Egypt, Swaziland, and elsewhere. Previously to this, he co-founded Mapufacture and worked on collaborative platforms, geoweb standards, and various applications, with a wide spectrum of organizations from UN and government agencies to anarchist hacker collectives.

Noel Sta. Ines, Senior Procurement Specialist | World Bank

Noel Sta. Ines is a Senior Procurement Specialist in the Bank’s East Asia Pacific Region. He has over 29 years of working experience in the Philippines including a number of EAP countries more than 17 years of which in Bank projects in relation to procurement for different sectors as power, water, health, education, rural development, environment, mining, urban and transport including disaster rehabilitation. Since 1997 much of his work is on helping the Philippine Government to build capacity and improve procurement in Bank-financed projects. He is mainly responsible for introducing geotagging in 2009 into a CDD type project in Mindanao, and which is now widely used as a transparency tool in many Bank projects in the Philippines. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Engineering Management.

External participants should e-mail Raphael Shepard before March 5 with name and organization in order to obtain a visitor's entry pass. Please also contact Raphael with any questions concerning the event.

Comments (6)

Re: maps from hurricane Philippines


Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team activated and did extensive work for the Philippines Typhoon. We most closely work with GFDRR at the World Bank.

About our response:

ReliefWeb collects all released humanitarian maps, a large number of them use OSM data/.

The World Bank GFDRR just released this Field Guide on OpenDRI, which complements well the report on Community Mapping.



Is there a video recording of the event? I tried to watch last night but my internet is flakey. Thanks

Maning Sambale

Stream on??

Somehow your stream link seems inactive. Can you check it please? I'd like to participate remote - and as such would appreciate not only the stream link but a feedback / interaction channel. Do you have an IRC or some other text chat possibility?

If not, will you please make an archive of the stream available? I'm writing a report for UNESCO on their World Map Points of Interest (POI) initiative (, as well as working on FOSS / Open Solutions in post-conflict development in South Sudan and Mali so the discussion here is really interesting.

Watching Online

Hi Lawrence, yes, you can watch the event online, just click the "Watch Live" link above in the announcement. Thank you.

mapping and crowdsourcing

Dear WB colleagues,

I receive regularly the news from WBI News and in that context, discovered this extremely interesting subject.
I would be interested to know whether there is an hyperlink to the maps produced in the framework of natural disasters. I know that one or several of them had been produced just after the hurricane that hit the Philipinnes.
Is the WB financing projects in the framework of mappig and disaster prepardness ?
Thank you for your answer
Best regards

Bernard Boigelot
DG ECHO - Humanaitarian Assistance and Civil Protection
European Commission

Watch online event

Are any of events online can be attended too?

I am located near world bank offices?



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