Archive / Ushahidi

Nr. 404 / 2008 - ongoing / Online, Kenia

Ushahidi


Initiator(s)

David Kobia and Juliana Rotich

Description

A tool designed to easily crowdsource, visualise and map information about disaster or emergency situations using multiple channels, including SMS, email, Twitter and the web.

Location

Online, Kenia

Goals

Ushahidi, which translates to “testimony” in Swahili, was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. It is currently oriented to democratising information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories around the world.

Beneficial outcomes

The Ushahidi Platform has been used worldwide by activists, news organisations and everyday citizens, not only in Kenya, but also to monitor violence in Congo and Gaza, and to monitor Indian elections in 2009, among others.

Maintained by

Smallworldnews, Rob Baker, KOMPAGROUP, Donations

Users

David Kobia, Kujiana Rotich, Erik Hersman, Brian Herbert, Ushahidi team and 45.000 users just in Kenya, communities affected by a disaster or emergency situation.

Links

https://www.ushahidi.com