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Thanks Afzal! We would be very excited to work out a plan with Kidogo to do pilots in East Africa! As for the economics of our plan, since OSAM is not a service, but a participatory urban development program to make cities safer for women, we hope that government agencies will come on board, and women's safety parameters will eventually be incorporated into city planning guidelines. For our pilot phase, and in order to sustain the effort till we can clearly demonstrate impact, we are hoping that we will win this challenge and get funding and design support from IDEO! :P

Thank you for bringing up this important question Meena! We have thought about it, and in our pilots, have been very conscious of the terminology used and its local receptiveness. Fortunately, community meetings have a long tradition in various parts of India, in the form of 'gram sabhas' at the village level, 'mohalla sabha' in urban neighborhoods, etc. The working title for the community meeting part of OSAM in Bangalore would be- 'suraksha sabha' ('safety meeting' - the translation is the same in Hindi and Kannada). For the audit drive stage of OSAM, we will continue to work mostly with college students, youth volunteers etc. Since the audit parameters are objective, the data would not be affected by the socioeconomic background of the 'auditor' - the community would become involved at the next stage - during the community meeting/ suraksha sabha and implementation of their participatory action plan.

At a couple of selected locations we plan to devise Kannada training modules for women from within the low income communities to conduct the audits as well. There is also a provision on Safetipin to geo-pin a location and enter only the subjective 'feeling' parameter. Eventually, in order to scale up and validate audits in low-income communities, audit drives may be conducted by trained college youth (or other volunteers), and then the data triangulated by conducting a 'feeling' of safety audit with women from the community.

Dear OpenIDEO team, we hope that some of our updates will answer your questions.

'Why is the initial safety audit based only upon the Safety Pin application? Does that exclude members of the community without smartphones?' - Please see Update 3 and Update 4

'How might members of the community add data to the map in a way that it can be integrated back into the digital version of the map?' - We have consulted the technical Safetipin App team on this, and are working on a way to convert the data 'pinned' on the physical OSAM map during the community meeting, onto the digital version, using symbols. However, we think it is more important that the physical map is displayed at the local ward corporator's (municipal councilor) office so that the community members, including those without smartphones, can see it whenever they wish to. Displaying the OSAM map in the ward office would also serve as a constant reminder and accountability mechanism for the civic authorities to act on the community's participatory safety plan.

'What does an average safety audit look like?' 'How do you make sure that this audit includes the voices of women and girls from the community?' 'How might a 14 year-old girl living in the local community use the safety information gathered by this project to be safer or feel safer on a daily basis? If she’s already from the community, isn’t she likely to already know the places that are safe or unsafe?' - Please see the Experience Map (Update 1) and Update 5.

'What makes your idea scaleable to other communities?' - OSAM is scaleable in cities across the world. The Safetipin App is already available in 3 languages- English, Hindi and Spanish. The 'symbols' used in the interface also make it possible for a person, once trained in using the app, to do safety audits without being able to read the language. The community meeting stage of OSAM would need an organization like BNY, focusing on local urban issues and with a good working relationship with urban local bodies and ward councilors, to implement. All the parameters used in the safety audits are objective and not specific to any particular local context. At the same time, the community's participatory safety plans will be hyper local.