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Hi Chioma,

That's right. The World Bank ICT sector currently funds the Ramani Huria project. Our organization, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, leads all of the community mapping activities on the project (we are contracted by, and partner with, the World Bank). The World Bank also has staff on the ground and is helping connect the project outputs including map data into government (disaster and urban) planning processes. By working together, HOT enables people to map their own communities, and the World Bank helps continually integrate the outputs into government for more impact and better service delivery. We all do this together under the "Ramani Huria" project umbrella. Going forward, we're looking to help make the project even more self-sufficient, with less outside funding required from the World Bank. Our proposal focuses on new processes and supporting technology applications to keep mapping moving forward in an even more cost-efficient way.

Hi again Chioma,

What is the next iteration of your prototype? How final is the technology that has been created?
-> So far, we've held a user-centered design session to create rough mockups of our new application. One of the things that funding from this challenge will help with is bringing it to life. We expect the next iteration to be a working prototype that will then go through subsequent testing and revisions with users. Our design and technical development process is very much in the open so that we get feedback throughout the process as we move  closer to a finished product.

What measures will you take to ensure that the data is used in a meaningful way after it's been collected?
-> The product (the map and map data) is not an end in itself, but rather a starting point to dialogue and action. This requires sensitizing and mobilizing local governments and other stakeholders. Currently, our World Bank partners on the project are doing exactly that - working to train local government officials (town planners) on how to use the data in their work. See https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/expert-feedback/equipping-the-next-generation-of-town-planners-with-the-skills-to-integrate-risk-information .  We're also continuing to hold community forums to foster dialogue directly between our student-led mapping team and local / international NGOs and community organizations who are using the data in real-world health, education, and transportation improvement projects.

How do you imagine using Amplify support?
-> Amplify support will be used in three ways. First, we expect that approximately 50% of the funding will be used for design, development, and deployment of the new app for community members. 25% will be used for linking the local community to the global http://www.missingmaps.org global community through developing new processes and technology enhancements to our collaborative "Tasking Manager" tool (http://tasks.hotosm.org). Finally, the remaining 25% will be used for field testing and community member training on the new processes and technology.

Hi Sunandan,

Thanks for your kind words. Great point. The product (the map and map data) is not an end in itself, but rather a starting point to dialogue and mobilizing action. As you rightly point out, this requires sensitizing and mobilizing local governments and other stakeholders. Currently, our World Bank partners on the project are doing exactly that - working to train local government officials (town planners) on how to use the data in their work. See https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/expert-feedback/equipping-the-next-generation-of-town-planners-with-the-skills-to-integrate-risk-information

We're also continuing to hold community forums to foster dialogue directly between our student-led mapping team and local / international NGOs and community organizations who are requesting their assistance in data collection.