Land Reporting in Liberia

Liberia  |  Governance, Transparency, Extractive Industries

TIMBY was developed hand-in-hand with The Sustainable Development Institute in Liberia, headed by Goldman Prize Winner Silas Siakor.

It isn't an exagerration to say that without Timby we couldn't have done the good work we have done.

Silas Siakor

TIMBY-SDI has been reporting on everything from palm oil to iron ore and social development funds for over the last two years.

Their systematic approach has spawned personal meetings with the President over palm oil concessions, the shut down of over 60 illegal forestry concessions and added transparency to millions of dollars of development funding for social projects.

Armed with a budding legal aid wing, the group hope to use the country’s legal systems to bring accountability to country’s resource industries. You can check out their stories here.

See it in action

HER (Health Reporting Kenya)

Kenya  |  Health Reporting

Millions of dollars are spent annually to address the high rates of maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa, with little progress to date. In Kenya, where pregnancy claims at least 8000 lives annually, and where doctors have been on strike for months, this is especially true. Yet, most of these deaths are buried in the nation’s statistics.

The AMPATH system of care covers most of Western Kenya, where mortality rates are some of the highest. Using a team of 20-30 young reporters equipped with mobile reporting devices and the TIMBY app, the group will do everything from surveys to interviews, to help answer the baseline question, “Why are so many women still dying in pregnancy?”

Strengthening the Electoral Cycle

Solomon Islands  |  Elections

Since independence from Britain, the Solomon Islands have only ever had two women MPs in the National Parliament. The need for more balanced leadership as a shared responsibility between men and women is widely recognised but traditional development work has not been successful in increasing representation by women.

As part of the Strengthening the Electoral Cycle Project commissioned by the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) and funded by the UNDP, TIMBY is being deployed on the island of Bellona as part of a collaborative and reflexive project to help women and men to think and talk about women’s leadership and participation in politics, and furthermore, to collectively identify solutions and communicate them effectively to the public.

Environmental Conservation in Chiloé

Chile  |  Conservation and Sustainability

Chile has vast regions of tremendous natural value, many of which are under threat from big industry. Laws exist for the protection of natural areas and indigenous rights, but there is little monitoring or enforcement. Additionally, the system of government concessions in Chile often ignores local stakeholders in favor of corporate interests.

There are many NGOs, scientists, filmmakers, journalists, and concerned citizens working to tackle these challenges, and with Chile's rising 75% cell phone penetration— almost everybody has a smart phone.

The goal of this collaboration with TIMBY is to democratize monitoring and enforcement, by having a centralized, near real-time resource of geographic and time/date-stamped photo and video evidence for NGO's, journalists, scientists, and local stakeholders in remote parts of Chile to protect biodiversity and promote sustainable development.

The project will pilot in Chiloé, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a biodiversity hot spot, along the northern gateway to Chilean Patagonia, with the intention of expanding across the whole country.

Women, Land and Corruption in Africa

Kenya  |  Governance, Transparency, Extractive Industries

Access to, use of, and control over land is extremely critical for women in Africa, who contribute substantially to the production and distribution of food, especially in rural communities. Women’s monetary income is often directly related to land in the form of cash crops. Land rights support women’s social security and standing and may also empower women to become more visible in the public sphere. Knowing their rights to the land and how to claim them is therefore paramount for women’s economic and social well-being and their development.

Transparency International has teamed up with TIMBY in Kenya on two different women’s land projects - both in the support of better accountability with respect to land. At it’s core, this project is about user-design for women and how TIMBY can be better for women worldwide. We’ll post stories about our learning at TIMBY throughout the project’s duration on our blog and if/when stories are safe to post, we’ll post a link to them here.

Liberian Ebola Outbreak

Liberia  |  Health Reporting

The Ebola situation in Liberia overwhelmed local capacity to control it. At first the situation was not well understood, with many reporters believing that the situation was not as bad as the news presented.

The situation degraded rapidly into a national emergency. Schools and offices were closed, hospitals were turning away suspected cases and the dead were abandoned in the streets.

25 Liberian community organizations formed a coalition to bring information from the ground to public knowledge, including the use of TIMBY. The team also handed out Ebola kits (soap, buckets) and provided information about prevention to at-risk communities.

Star Reports

Kenya  |  Citizen Journalism

TIMBY’s open-source code was adapted by Kenya’s third largest media company, The Star, into a citizen reporting tool called Star Reports.

Citizen journalists can capture news through photos, videos and audio recordings and send them straight to the mainstream media for processing by journalists and editors.

The Listening Post

South Africa  |  Elections Reporting

TIMBY was adapted into the “Listening Post” project by a group in South Africa to create a citizen-reporting tool for elections monitoring.

A long-term goal of the project is to create a system of compensation for report contributions through the mobile phone.