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.
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 is more than just visualising where crime takes place through mapping.
It helps Nepal's law enforcement agencies to better plan crime data against a digitised map of a village, city or a district. It helps Nepal police to better understand crime patterns and revise strategies to ensure public safety. It lets the government to analyse and connect data sources to create a thorough snapshot of crime incidents within a community. And it lets the Nepali public to understand crime patterns and demand either increased police presence or devise their own community safety interventions.
LIG is particularly looking to engage local businesses within the mapped area to get involved with communities and the local police in crime fighting efforts. This way, businesses can increase their local standing which in turn may increase their customer base.
We learn best practices from the British governmentís crime mapping programme www.police.uk
4240 human rights violations in 2010 and 3039 victims in 2011. This data was collected through archaic channels. The human rights violations data from the year 2013 will be eye-witness reports crowd-sourced in real time to create an online map of human rights violations of Nepal.
The programme seeks to use crowdsourcing and geo-mapping technology to map human rights violations in Nepal. The first of its kind project in Nepal will track rights violations by letting communities, NGOs, activists, civil society and wider public to report eye-witness cases of rights violations through a free text message, a free phone call, an email, internet or individual reporting. Information will also be sourced from media reports, referrals from other NGOs and Nepal Police. Verified information will go online in real time and geo-tagged onto a Google map. Reports will be shared with human rights groups and the police for swift local mediation.
LIGís purpose in mapping human rights violations in Nepal is manifold, but mainly to serve as the countryís only real time human rights violations tracking project, to serve as an online repository of rights violations and to use free and simple ICT tools to collect data as a powerful evidence for advocacy.
This project, currently in development and discussion with funders, gives people of Nepalís Kavre district an opportunity to report in real-time violent conflicts in their villages to a centrally operated crowd-sourcing (Ushahidi) platform by using a mobile phone, text messaging, free phone call, email, Facebook and Twitter. This project acts as the only real-time conflict reporting and crowd-sourcing platform in Nepal. The project eventually seeks to advocate for a national policy on community-led conflict transformation.