Mapping at Makere University with GroundTruth Initiative

July 23, 2012 - 1:19pm -- kim

In early June 2012 Fruits of Thought co-facilitated together with GroundTruth Initiative a one-week-workshop at Makerere University, in Kampala.

The project, initiated by the World Bank, had as main question how to engage local communities in a process of infrastructure mapping through ICT enabled tools such as mobile phones and online mapping?

On the first day we surveyed and stimulated skills of young urban planners in Uganda to take advantage of free and low cost urban mapping tools - such as Open Street map and Ushahidi. We ran a mapping day, taught Java OpenStreetMap (JOSM) and used Crowdmap for reporting on university news.

On the second day we invited 4 stakeholders, Umeme Ltd., National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Women in Uganda Network and Makindye Division to discover how service providers can benefit from community mapping.

If you are interested, please read the blog posts on

Connecting Kampala: Makerere University Mapping and Reporting Workshop

Makerere Workshop, Connecting with Service Providers