About Community Monitoring

Nuru – Kiswahili for “Light “ a tool that is designed to empower citizen community monitoring to crowdsource observations about how they are coping in the exceptionally difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available as a mobile app available on Google Play and IOS App store and the reports that citizens make through it are readily available on http://nuru.live.

Nuru is  a tool in the citizen’s hands to provide governments and other stakeholders with the information they need to develop and offer solutions to the unique challenges faced by their citizens.

The Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a great socio-economic crisis, affecting citizens’ economic activities and access to key services. Various measures and restrictions undertaken by governments to control the spread of the disease have also affected citizens, bringing up security concerns, issues of increased domestic violence, food and water scarcity among other issues.

We hope that Nuru can be a tool to combat these problems.

Our Goals

The tool was designed with a two-tiered approach:

  • Empower citizens by giving them a tool in their hands to report their circumstances and inspire action
  • Enable governments, civil society and other partners to have data and information that they can act upon

Empower Citizen Reporting

We envision citizens having a channel through which they can share, in real-time, the challenges they are encountering within their communities. Through written reports, tagging, capturing live images and sharing their location, this report can easily be visualised on a map, further inspiring the access to assistance, services and other actions. By targeting the information using tags, the relevant “agent of change” is able to access the relevant information and provide assistance to the communities and individuals.

Bridge the Information Gap

We hope that when citizens use the tool, the information they collect will provide stakeholders with actionable information to provide essential services, testing facilities, security and any other needs that the citizens may have. In addition, the availability of this information will aid in formulating policies and solutions to fight COVID-19.

Outcomes that we hope for

Learn more on how we use community monitoring

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a great socio-economic crisis, affecting citizens’ economic activities and access to key services. Various measures and restrictions undertaken by governments to control the spread of the disease have also affected citizens, bringing up security concerns, issues of increased domestic violence, food and water scarcity among other issues.

We hope that Nuru can be used as a channel through which citizens can share, in real-time, the challenges they are encountering within their communities. Through written reports, tagging, capturing live images and sharing their location, this report can easily be visualised on a map, further inspiring the access to assistance, services and other actions. By targeting the information using tags, the relevant “agent of change” is able to access the relevant information and provide assistance to the communities and individuals.

This crowdsourcing approach provides a way to bridge the information gap between citizens and governments, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.  By providing real-time information, timely interventions can be provided to aid the affected communities, leading to better outcomes for the countries and communities affected by this, and other future crises.

 

Community Monitoring Team

I am a marketing and communications expert, serial entrepreneur and consummate champion of government openness through data. My life embodies ‘big picture thinking’ and living for a higher purpose.

Al Kags

Executive Director

I have been responsible for establishing the Data scraping and wrangling division at the Open Institute, as well as contributed to the creation of grass-roots data literacy training modules. I believe that an informed person makes better choices.

Benjamin Charagu

Operations & Programme Director

Prolyne Wamboi

Communications Assistant

I am a code junkie who loves crafting and structuring solutions to meet complex organisational and human needs. I believe in the mantra of “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and I live by it, both at a personal level and organisational level.

Murage Munene

Technology Manager

I am a passionate mobile developer who focuses on creating apps to improve people's lives. I have led the AkiraChix codeHive program, working with other codeHive students and leaders to make sure that the program provides a conducive environment for everyone.

Asha Ali

Mobile Developer

I enjoy using technology to make lives easier and to improve people’s lives in ways that matter. I enjoy working in causes that are geared towards social good. When I am not working, I cycle and enjoy DIY projects.

Kevin Kavai

Web Developer

 

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