elections

Turning point.

I remember that morning well. A week or so earlier I’d been informed via a random phone call that a group of Nigerians would be monitoring their forthcoming Presidential elections using FrontlineSMS.

Beyond Voting: Using Ushahidi to help citizens protect their elections

Elections are an important and integral aspect of democracy, meant as a mechanism with which citizens hold their leaders to account for past actions and future promises.

Connecting Digital Networks to strengthen electoral processes: A NEW SIGN OF HOPE

Guest post by Oludotun Babayemi. He is the Co-Founder of Connected Development [CODE]. He spends most time using data to tell stories of marginalized communities while building capacity of CSOs, media & government ministries, department and agencies on the importance of open data and how to effectively use data for maximum impact. He tweets via @dotunbabayemi

Violence Early Warning System for Nigerian Elections, 2015

The Nigerian elections are happening this weekend and over the coming week and Ushahidi has been working with the Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), and developers Dan Woods and Quinn Lee to create an early warning dashboard for violence in the run up, during and immediately after the elections.

Ushahidi supports Mozambique general election.

Ushahidi team members recently provided blogger training and deployment consultation for the Txeka-la initiative monitoring the Mozambique general election and engaging community through mapping. From the Canadian High Commission YouTube post:

Ushahidi via USSD

The mobile phone has been at the core of Ushahidi’s strategy when building tools for citizen engagement. Its ubiquitous nature makes it the easiest tool to use and ensure that a vast majority of citizens can actively participate.

Weekly: Reevo Maps, Micromappers and Cameroon Election Help!

Deployment of the week
This week, we recognise the efforts of the Reevo team to build a virtual platform that reflects diverse and multiple alternative education initiatives worldwide.

3Vs Crowdsourcing Framework for Elections launched

[Guest post cross-posted from Ihub Research. About the author: Angela Crandall studies the uptake and increasing utility of ICTs in East Africa from a user’s perspective.

Preparing for the Cameroon Elections / La préparation des élections au Cameroun

[Guest post by Jean Brice in English and French. He is preparing for the upcoming Cameroon Elections. Jean Brice previously joined the Uchaguzi Kenyan Elections team to learn how to do a full Ushahidi program]

(English to follow)

Uchaguzi Monitoring And Evaluation Final Report Released

[Guest post by Rhoda Omenya, iHub Research. Rhoda lead the Uchaguzi Monitoring and Evaluation project. Cross-posted from the ihub blog.]

In your own words

Your map, your language. It is our mission to localize and translate Ushahidi with our community into your language of choice. We know that having a map in the local language increases accessibility and usage. Maps are story telling devices but better when in your own words.

Umati Google Hangout: Monitoring Dangerous Speech

Ushahidi is excited to invite you to join an Umati Research – Monitoring Dangerous Speech Hangout. This is the first in a series of research-focused Google Hangouts.

Weekly: Uchaguzi Hangout, Code of Conduct & Testing 2.7

Happy Week! We are a mission to share best practices and co-create a Code of Conduct. Plus, we have two Deployments of the Week from Venezuela. The biggest Ushahidi news this week is that we are in TEST MODE for 2.7. After months of bug fixes and many long nights/days, the developer team has crushed bugs and need your help to test before we launch.

Community Update: Environmental Mappers, 2.7 in the Hopper

What an amazing journey to spend this past month with three of our largest community bases: Election monitors, anti-corruption and crisismappers. Each have unique and, sometimes, similar needs. Each has provided input into software, toolkits and programming needs.

Subscribe: Kenyan Dangerous Speech Monitoring Public Report

The Umati project, run by iHub Research & Ushahidi – seeks to identify and understand the use of dangerous speech in the Kenyan online space, in order to find and use non-government ways to reduce its effects of violence on the ground. To this end, we have created NipeUkweli – an outreach effort to debunk inciteful myths and reduce the possible effects of dangerous speech.

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