Workstreams | Crowdsourcing

How can masses of people engage with the government? What are the alternative ways for the public to interact with their office bearers? How can people hold their governments accountable with the power of the masses? How can people's genuine grievances seep into policymaking in its most unprocessed form?

LIG plans to provide a platform that enables citizens to amplify their voices for demand for services. The goal is to contribute to the improvement of service delivery by providing simple technology/media based tools and channels in amplifying citizen's concerns, displeasures, complaints or suggestions emanating from their perception of performance by duty bearers.

Open source platform SwiftRiver (eg. Kenya's Ushahidi) will be localised to develop an online platform where public can report with a phone call, email, text message or through a dedicated website. Some examples include reporting cases of misappropriation of development funds by the local politicians and office bearers, tracking falsified schools, reporting locally confined natural disasters that need urgent attention of the state, reporting human rights abuses, reporting about crimes and making a case for increased police presence etc, the possibilities are endless.

Crowdsourcing programme will also use Alceste, a qualitative data analysis program that incorporates sophisticated statistical processing to help make sense of large amounts of text very quickly.

Projects

LIG is currently pioneering three programs under Crowdsourcing using Ushahidi platform in Nepal. Implementation of some is subject to funding from partners we are currently in discussion with.

Crime Mapping - The project to map in real-time Nepal's crime incidents

Geo-spatial mapping of Human Rights Violations

Crowdsourcing Technology for Community-led Conflict Transformation