It has been a year since the presidential election that sparked off the crisis in Kenya. The world has moved on to an economic depression, a black president of Kenyan heritage in the United States, and deja vu in the middle east. Everyone (Almost Everyone) looks to 2009 with optimism and expectation. Meanwhile the fate of the displaced people in Kenya is suspended in time. Nothing has really changed except the name; …

Whenever Patrick Meier and I get together, we’re sure to spend at least some of that time grousing over the fact that static maps in services like ReliefWeb are frustrating. Below is an excellent static map showing cross-boarder conflict in Africa, and an excerpt from Patrick’s blog on it.

“Instead of the usual depiction of conflicts as countrywide and defined by national boundaries, this map displays distinct conflict-affected areas in Africa …


If you create a system that successfully decreases or stops conflict, how can you prove that it worked?

That’s the problem, and it’s a big one.

So far what everyone has seen with Ushahidi is gathering information and reports during crisis situations. What we’re working towards is something which we believe can be a lot more powerful, that is conflict early warning. …

Today I met with Salim Mohammed, Ken Juma and Shahrzad Nouraini of Carolina For Kibera (CFK). CFK is considering the use of Ushahidi to map and highlight their activities in the Kibera community.

Amongst other laudable activities, CFK in conjunction with Jamii Ya Kibera, organizes community forums “Barazas” that encourage dialogue and understanding in various parts of Kibera. Kibera is composed of twelve villages, …

Courtesy UNHCR

It’s been a little over three weeks since we went live with the Ushahidi DRC page.   As we mentioned, we went live with software that was still very much in alpha so there were a lot of kinks to be worked out from the technology side including integrating the mobile function, incorporating multiple news feeds, and building in translation capabilities.    This was a good learning process for us about …