2017-05-24

Webinar: Leveraging Cell Phones and Citizens to Transform Public Transport: Lessons from Nairobi

At 09.30 am PT, on August 23, Meeting of the Minds will host a live webinar featuring Jacqueline Klopp, Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University, and Henry Ochieng, Executive Director, Kenyan Alliance of Resident Associations

 

The rapid spread of cellphones across the globe creates new opportunities to engage citizens to improve public transport in our cities. Using cellphones, the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) and the Kenyan Alliance of Resident Associations surveyed Nairobi residents for the first time in Nairobi history about what they wanted from their transportation system. As a result, the project revealed major gaps in official planning.

CSUD also co-founded the Digital Matatus Project which used GPS enabled cellphones to create and update high quality data on Nairobi's bus system, allowing for trip planning and public transit maps where none existed before. Magic Bus and Ma3route are two more efforts which employ the creative use of cellphones and data for service improvements in Nairobi. Ma3route’s aim is to “bring greater sanity to the roads and inform city planning and transport regulation in emerging economies through the provision of transport data and trend analysis”.

What can we learn from these experiments in leveraging cellphones to engage citizens and advocate for critical improvements in public transport in Nairobi? Hear from two of the leaders in this work from the Center for Sustainable Urban Development and the Kenyan Alliance of Resident Associations who have been collaborating together for many years to improve public transport in Nairobi: http://www.digitalmatatus.com/about.html .


About the speakers

Jacqueline Klopp’s work focuses on the political processes around land and land-use, transportation, violence, displacement and planning in African cities. She is the author of articles for Africa Today, African Studies Review, African Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Comparative Politics, Forced Migration Review, Urban Forum, World Policy Review among others. She helped start the blogs CairofromBelow and nairobiplanninginnovations.com to provide more grounded and open urban information to citizens. Klopp is also a founder and Board member of the Internal Displacement Policy and Advocacy Center (IDPAC) based in Nakuru, Kenya.

Recently, she has been experimenting with creative urban mapping projects for both analysis and advocacy and is a founding member of the DigitalMatatus consortium which has produced the first open transit data and public transit map for Nairobi’s quasi-formal “matatu” transit system which won the award at the Media Architecture Biennale 2014. The Digital Matattus project is also mentionned in the newly launched Global Street Design Guidelines.


Henry Ochieng, Executive Director, Kenyan Alliance of Resident Associations, has extensive experience and skills on civil society engagement with specific strengths on democracy and governance; project cycle management; organization development; advocacy and policy influencing; networking and partnerships; resource mobilization; capacity strengthening and training; workshops/seminars facilitation. He has successfully worked with various Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Governmental and Development Partners on diverse initiatives aimed at delivering positive impact on the society.

He is a member of Medium Term Plan Sector Working Group on Devolution; Kenya National Habitat Committee; Nairobi City County Government Transport and Urban Decongestion Committee; League of Young Professionals and Board Member of National Taxpayers Association.


Details:

Event: Leveraging Cell Phones and Citizens to Transform Public Transport: Lessons from Nairobi

Date:  August 23, 2017 from 09.30 to 11.00 am PDT or from 07.30 to 09.00 Nairobi time

Organisators: Meeting of the Minds

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