Posts tagged ‘development’

July 9, 2020

Community Development with Architecture and Mapping

My blog has become home to many different lists because I find it is a convenient way to keep track of different things I want to remember and I like that I can constantly update them and other people can benefit from them. This list includes organizations, events, and resources that I have discovered related to community development with architecture and mapping. I have divided it into categories of Affordable and Sustainable Architecture, Focus on Earthen Architecture, Community Mapping and Upgrading, Engineering for Global Development, Events, and Online Resources. If there is a asterisk symbol beside it, it means I have experience with the organization, tool, or event, so that if you would like to know more about my experience, you can get in touch!

Affordable and Sustainable Architecture

Focus on Earthen Architecture

Community Mapping and Upgrading

  • Common Thread GlobalĀ  – project assessment tool
  • *KoboToolBox – data collection – land rights – community engagement
  • Kounkuey Design Initiative – USA – Kenya – Sweden – global – multidisciplinary – community engagement and upgrading
  • mHS City Lab – India – community engagement and upgrading
  • *OpenDataKit – data collection – land rights – community engagement
  • *OpenStreetMap – global – open source vector map
  • *QGIS – open source GIS software – land rights
  • SDI (Know Your City) – community mapping and upgrading
  • Social Tenure Domain Model – plugin for QGIS – land rights
  • Spatial Collective – Kenya – data collection – community engagement – advocacy
  • UN Habitat – global – promotion – training – community upgrading – leadership development
  • Ushahidi – global – crowdsourced mapping and reporting

Engineering for Global Development

Events

Online Resources

 

 

December 15, 2018

E4C Research Fellowship 2018

From May until September while I was in Beni serving with IRI, I also had a part-time job working as an Expert Fellow with E4C. I oversaw the work of three fellows from Guatemala, Kenya, and India. One of my fellows was working within the habitat sector and the other two within agriculture. One of the ongoing tasks of the fellowship is to research products to be included in E4C’s growing Solutions Library, a database of technologies that are intended to be accessible to low-income populations around the world. My role as a research fellow was to assign my fellows their tasks, keep them on track in completing them, and finally review and edit the finalized reports. I also had the privilege of helping push three larger research reports, two in agriculture in partnership with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and another in habitat with Good Earth Global. I particularly enjoyed the report about earthquake testing trends as I did not have experience in this area. Here are links to the final reports:

Working remotely has its rewards and challenges. It was quite an interesting challenge getting on calls with everyone from around the world. For me in Beni the calls happened in a window between 4pm and 10pm. I was thankful for the extra financial support, another opportunity to learn about products and services being implemented around the world in the habitat sector, and the opportunity to take leadership and grow my network.