Mapper since: August 06, 2014
Crowd2Map Tanzania is a crowdsourced mapping project aiming to put rural Tanzania on the map. Since 2015, we have been adding schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages to OpenStreetMap with the help of over 1600 volunteers worldwide and on the ground in Tanzania. We are concentrating first on the areas where girls are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). With zero budget we have so far added over a million buildings and mapped over 70,000 sq kilometres. Having better maps helped prevent 2257 girls from being cut during this year’s “cutting season” and the numbers dying was reduced from 12 to 4. In June 2017 we were recently awarded a microgrant by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap to train community mappers in 8 areas of Tanzania, and presented a community webinar for them. We have also been featured on Al Jazeera, The Guardian and the Missing Maps blog.
We have set up a Youthmappers Chapter at the Institute of Rural Development and Planning in Mwanza and Dodoma and spoken at SOTM 2016 and 2017, the HOT summit in 2016 and 2017 and SOTM Africa. We are currently helping organise the first State of the Map Tanzania from 8th - 10th December 2017.
We welcome any help and advice on how best to get rural Tanzania on the map. Thanks Janet Twitter @Crowd2Map @jachapman82