Nairobi: Announcing The MacArthur Award to Ushahidi

On behalf of Ushahidi’s board of directors, team and community; I am delighted to announce that Ushahidi is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for  Creative and Effective Institutions. This award comes at an apropos time as we celebrate our 5 year anniversary. It is a nod to the work of the organization and […]

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Uchaguzi community working group update

On 19th Feb 2013, local community working groups convened once more at the iHub to charter next steps in the lead up to the Kenyan general elections. We, (the Ushahidi Team) cannot thank those who attended enough for being a part of Team Uchaguzi. Your presence at the working group session on Tuesday was (and […]

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What the red dots are for, or why we map (part 1: Iraq)

[Dispute Monitor is Deployment of the Week. This is a guest post by Helena Puig Larrauri. Helena is a peacebuilding practitioner, focusing on the use of technology to promote peace and prevent conflict. The original post is on Let them Talk.] Mercy Corps has recently embarked on a strategy to introduce mapping tools to its […]

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Community Update: Mapstars from Iraq, Canada & Australia

We’ve been deep in Kenyan deployment planning and owe you many updates from the Community around the world. Weekly Updates will start again next week. We’ve got some great events happening, a few Deployments of the Week and news about Ushahidi 3.0. Upcoming Ushahidi events Brandon Rosage is joining the SXTXState Project team in Austin, […]

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Uchaguzi Merging Local and Digital

Two weeks until the Kenyan election. Some of our team and community are living and breathing Uchaguzi – 24 x 7. Planning and training: We have two types of teams you can join: Community Working Groups and Uchaguzi Digital Teams. Nairobi-based folks are invited to attend in person training this week. We will be hosting […]

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Conflict deepens in Mali: please help by contributing to the Mali Crowdmap

            [guest post by Dave Goodsmith, founder of Scale Analytics] As Mali’s conflict deepens, hundreds of thousands of Malians are now refugees and in dire need of long-term humanitarian assistance. Furthermore, compounding the near-permanent lack of food, water and healthcare for the displaced, there are hundreds of cases of rape, torture and other crimes against […]

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SMS to Map: a Love Story

Colour us happy! The latest and shiny version of FrontlineSMS v. 2.2.1 is now compatible with Ushahidi. FrontlineSMS launched their latest version in January. Congratulations to their amazing team! Ushahidi’s roots are in connecting maps to SMS. So, celebrating means also digging into documentation to make it easier for you to use FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi […]

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Uchaguzi Kenya 2013 Launched

As you approach a major milestone in life someone usually asks, “What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know today?” Many times this is nothing more than just a curious exercise of dreaming sandwiched between reminiscing and planning. As we celebrated Ushahidi’s 5th birthday we asked ourselves, what would we […]

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Ushahidi at Five

Ushahidi is 5 years old. [The map above represents all of the reports on Crowdmap, visualized from 2010 until now.] What started as an ad hoc group of bloggers and technologists scrambling to make sense of the madness that our country was falling into has become a global organization and platform. There was no way […]

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