Last June Spatial Collective and Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) met for the first time. The attraction was instant! Spatial Collective is a Nairobi-based social enterprise that develops innovative tools to support collective action. They specialize in data collection, data visualization, and community engagement and have a number of effective and interesting programs in informal settlements throughout Nairobi. It was easy to see how their commitment to action and community engagement aligned with KDI principles and how our work would enhance one another.
After many months of discussions, proposal development, and waiting to find out if we would be awarded a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, we have entered a formal partnership! Spatial Collective and KDI are excited to announce our (formal) collaboration on the WATSAN Portal: Kibera.
Together we are working to design and develop an information portal that will help non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and entrepreneurial individuals accelerate the launch and implementation of high quality water and sanitation projects in Kibera, (arguably) the largest informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya.
The project will be implemented in partnership with the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company and will utilize the knowledge and participation of local NGOs and CBOs who currently build water and sanitation infrastructure. We will be working together to develop and test a prototype to de-mystify the process of connecting to the NCWSC’s infrastructure.
The project will be carried out in 6 stages:
1 Identifying users and carrying out initial data collection
2 Holding participatory tool design workshops
3 Gathering spatial and process data
4 Developing the technology prototype
5 Monitoring and Evaluation
6 Testing the WATSAN Portal and making revisions
As part of Stage 1, the KDI and Spatial Collective teams went to the field to verify the existing sewerage data from the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company. Using the NWSC data as a guide, we set out to collect GPS locations of the existing manholes. Next week we will be entering Stage 2, conducting our first participatory tool design workshop with seven NGOs who currently work in Kibera.