Goodbye, Kampala!

Today marks my last day at Hive Colab – the collaborative tech space I work from here in Uganda. Though my colleague and I are elated to finish our scope of work and are proud to reflect on all we have accomplished while in country, it is bittersweet to say goodbye to the good friends and coworkers we have met.

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Open Data Matters

On July 23rd Uganda’s Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team joined USAID and Youth Mappers on a weeklong pre-assessment trip in Karamoja. These three organizations have partnered to implement the “Mapping for Resilience” project: an initiative out of USAID’s Geocenter in Washington D.C. “Mapping for Resilience” will mobilize local youth to gather much needed data on the undermapped region of Karamoja. Despite a high concentration of aid flowing to the area and a relatively high number of nonprofits located on the ground, partners and government officials work with very little geospatial data and struggle to measure and evaluate programming.

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Building an OSM Community in Rwanda

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Uganda, the organization I am placed with for the Summer, recently travelled to Kigali to assist with the development of Rwanda’s OpenStreetMap community.  Mapping supervisors Geoffrey Kateregga and Douglass Ssebagala collaborated with Rebecca Nyinaumuntu and Bernard Hakizimana to plan an introductory OSM training to gauge interest among the innovation community.  On July 19th more than 70 academics, business leaders, development professionals, and technologists met to learn the basics of remote mapping, JOSM editing, and the OSM tracker app.

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Putting Uganda on the Map

It is hard to believe that I have been in Uganda for three weeks today! Kampala has become home, HOT colleagues have become friends, and the other AidData Summer Fellows have become family.

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Looking forward to a HOT summer

Hello! My name is Taylor and in a little over a month I will be traveling to Kampala, Uganda to work with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).   HOT uses open data for disaster response and socio-economic development by mapping projects around the world and making geocoded data available in OpenStreetMap. As a team member at HOT, the two main components of my work will be 1) analyzing and visualizing data on financial inclusion in Uganda and 2) creating an interactive web map of HOT’s global impact. These deliverables will call attention to gaps in financial services access in Uganda and allow greater engagement with HOT member projects. I am also looking forward to working with project partners from the University of Makerere and Financial Sector Deepening Uganda to assist in GIS training and data analysis activities.

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