Community engagement is at the centre of this spatial data platform

Women and children of an urban poor settlement in G Baiyappanahalli queue up to collect water

Can we harness the power of technology and community to resolve these challenges? How would such a system shape up? These are the questions at the heart of the Spatial Data System for the Inclusive Cities Agenda in India project, being implemented by Information Technology for Change (ITfC), AVAS and the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).

“Yes. By tracking and monitoring the problems on a visual platform, we have evidence for both problems and their status — how long the problem has existed, how many times the authorities were alerted, etc. It is more than oral complaints to civic authorities; not only does it force authorities to act on the evidence, but also offers a lot more possibilities for solutions,” he observed. Goutham added that an important component of the project was the process of building awareness amongst community members.

Digital stewards being trained to use the beta version of SPOORTHI
Digital stewards, post the training at CSTEP

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