Maps are crucial in emerging countries to make decisions, but often do not exist. Community mapping is a participatory process where community members map their neighbourhoods, making maps openly available in the process.
In emerging nations it is becoming a very useful method for illuminating urban areas of rapid growth and change, providing policy and decision makers maps and data with which to make informed decisions. From a community perspective, it facilitates neighbourhood improvements and action, in some of the most deprived areas of the world.
The focus of this project has been Ramani Huria a community mapping project Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Africa’s fastest growing city.