The photograph above was taken earlier this year at a training session in Kapisa, Afghanistan, introducing community leaders and elders to how they can interact with and benefit from a new Ushahidi instance developed to track the status of water wells all over the country. There are a couple interesting points to note:

It’s outside. There’s no technology.

And that was one of the goals in implementing Watertracker, a community-centric reporting tool developed …

Question: Is there an opportunity to use Crowdsourcing technology to figure out where consumers are being let down by brands or outright being lied to? Could Crowdsourcing play a role in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts of companies vis a vis engagement?

Some reports point to research on this very question:

When asked why crowdsourcing is so valuable for CSR programming, executives say that it surfaces new perspectives and diverse opinions, builds …

[Guest blog post by Kuo-Yu slayer Chuang from Tawain's Industrial Technology Research Institute, ITRI.]

Ushahidi 2.0 with its featured plug-in architecture could make the platform extended with other functions and meet different needs.

In our previous article, we briefly introduced the concept of Open GeoSMS and mentioned the future works of implementation of Open GeoSMS plug-in for Ushahidi. After long await and our collaboration with Ushahidi development team, we are …

Elections, Software Roadmap Feedback and more in the Ushahidi weekly:

This is a big election year around the world. Our community is gearing up in their mapping adventures. And, the Ushahidi team is participating in the Personal Democracy Forum (NYC) and a Free Election Hackathon (UK).

Our weekly report also includes requests for more feedback into Ushahidi’s future. What would you like to see for your deployments?

From the Community

Mapping …

[Guest blog post written by Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Innovation and New Technologies advisor. Anahi was the Ushahidi strategy consultant for the Beijing project in 2011. She blogs at Diary of a Crisis Mapper]

In February 2011, Ushahidi’s Patrick Meier launched a novel project with the World Bank in Beijing. The aim of the project was to see how the Ushahidi platform could be used by the municipal authorities in the city to address traffic …

[Guest blog post written by Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Innovation and New Technologies advisor. Anahi was the Ushahidi strategy consultant for the Beijing project in 2011. She blogs at Diary of a Crisis Mapper]

It is done. I have been dreaming about this project for the past 2 years and today, I am incredibly proud to announce the launch of the Internews Crisis Map for Central African Republic.

The “Integrating Local Media and ICTs …

[Guest post by Brad Anthony, Founder and CEO of Global Animal Welfare]

When I began building globalanimalwelfare.org I had a search image of what I needed to help the world help protect animals and our environment. Fast, accessible solutions that everyone could use, regardless of their location and technological circumstances. I spent months researching and then destiny intervened. The day I stumbled across Ushahidi, I knew I was home.

Fast forward a year …