What do we learn when we map a city? Voices and impacts from Open Cities Africa
In one year and twelve cities, the Open Cities Africa program trained neighborhood residents, university students, and civil servants how to use phones, cameras, drones and other tech to gather data on disaster risk. Yet data collection was only the beginning. How can hundreds of trained mappers and hundreds of thousands of mapped features help Africa’s cities understand, then take action on disaster risk?
In this Focus Day event, we take a look at the relationships that develop between mappers, citizens, and their governments, and how these relationships sustain the trust and accountability necessary to make this data not only complete, but useful and impactful. Five speakers will have five minutes to reflect, ignite-style, on aspects of the community mapping process that are particularly effective in supporting the planning priorities of a city. Join these speakers after their ignites as they facilitate breakout groups to brainstorm the barriers, opportunities, and gaps in knowledge that community mapping should address in cities around the world. Breakout topics will include advances in mapping, capacity building, government relations, and sustainability in community mapping.Presentation topics will include:
– Building the technical capacity of students to become future leaders in tech for disaster risk reduction, featuring Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).
– The growing opportunities between artificial intelligence applications and community data collection for resilience, featuring the World Bank’s Open AI for DRM team.
– Data-driven decision-making for resilient urban planning, featuring local leaders from Open Cities projects in Africa.
Organizer: World Bank
Partner organizations: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, iLab Liberia, Mobile Web Ghana