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Protecting Indigenous Culture, Land, Biodiversity and Customs in the Amazon

Colombia  |  Indigenous Rights, Community Monitoring, Environmental, and Cultural Protection

USAID's Amazon Alive Activity, implemented by Chemonics, empowers indigenous communities in Colombia to monitor and safeguard their land, heritage, and rich biodiversity.

Through tailored trainings and capacity-building initiatives, local indigenous communities are equipped with the necessary skills to utilize the technology effectively, ensuring the sustainable protection of their cultural practices and natural resources. The comprehensive monitoring system allows them to track and document potential threats to their territories, including illegal logging, mining, and land encroachment; while integrating their traditional knowledge, cultures, and ancestral ways of life and improving their decision-making processes.

The platform facilitates real-time data collection, analysis, and sharing, fostering a robust network of informed stakeholders dedicated to preserving the Amazon's delicate ecosystem. By fostering a sense of ownership and stewardship, Timby and USAID’s Amazon Alive Activity are nurturing a harmonious coexistence between indigenous communities and the Amazon rainforest, preserving the invaluable heritage for generations to come.

Reporting and Resolving Sexual Violence and Corruption in Universities

Nigeria  |  Education System, Sexual Corruption, Gender Violence

Cases of sextortion are rampant in higher education institutions in Nigeria. Some Professors, principals, and other administrative personnel extort students sexually in exchange for their university titles and academic achievements. Many students become demoralized in following their professional dreams after such horrible experiences with professionals trusted to provide education.

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)/TI-Nigeria, a Nigerian non-profit organization, tours campuses around Nigeria bringing awareness and doing advocacy work about sextortion through several engagements with relevant stakeholders. Using Timby, they provide students with a safe way to share their stories free from the corruption and dangers of doing so within the school system. CISLAC works with mental health, legal professionals and relevant anti-corruption and human rights institutions to give these students the support they need to keep studying and keep striving for their dreams, even after going through such atrocities.

Community Activism in Wilmington, Los Angeles

USA  |  Extractive Industries, Community Mobilisation

Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) is working to empower citizens in California’s communities of color and low-income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.

CBE is equipping youth volunteers and other engaged community members with a set of custom Timby tools so they can report and maintain a long-term environmental and health data repository in the community of Wilmington, LA, and use it to lobby for the health and welfare of the community. This is particularly important in Wilmington given its close contact with many sources of pollution such as oil rigs, refineries, and ports.

Case Management for Children’s Rights Organizations in Nepal

Nepal  |  Children’s Rights, Case Management, Improve Systems

A few organizations are using Timby in Nepal to help them consolidate, and better manage case details. These organizations work to protect, support, and educate children faced with poverty, forced labor, living in the streets, violence, sex trafficking, and other injustices.

Caseworkers collect details during interactions and follow-ups with the children and/or their families using the Timby App. This ensures that all documented updates include location information, details of the interaction, photos (if necessary), and any other required media.

The cases are reviewed by the management of the organization to ensure that their services and support improve the lives of these children.

HER (Health Reporting) in Kenya

Kenya  |  Health Reporting

Timby is collaborating with AMPATH at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya to explore how changes in the organization of healthcare – including the devolution of services to counties and the introduction of free maternity services nationwide – have affected the provision of reproductive health services.

AMPATH has recruited a team of “health reporters” to create media-based reports on issues related to maternal and child health, with a focus on understanding the changing healthcare landscape under the government’s new program of Free Maternity Services. These reporters have gathered evidence on access to Family Planning, interactions between patients and Healthcare Professionals, and affordability of health insurance. AMPATH verifies and publishes Timby reports on their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook page to engage with the general public, policy-makers, insurance providers, and HCPs.

Renewable Energy Projects and Community Engagement in Senegal

Senegal  |  Grievance Tracking

Lekela is a renewable power company with projects across Africa. Lekela is using Timby to strengthen the capacity of their Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) to document their interactions with communities, as well as document, track and resolve any grievances raised by communities that border their projects.

Timby has developed a site-level grievance mechanism that will allow CLOs to create grievance reports – supported by photographs, video and audio transcripts – and organize and triage grievances from within the dashboard. Follow-ups are tracked within the system and automated reminders ensure that grievances do not slip through the cracks. This system is making it more efficient to track and resolve grievances, ultimately ensuring that grievances are resolved in a timely manner that is better for companies and communities.

Illegal Fishing and Environmental Degradation Reporting in Malaysia

Malaysia  |  Environmental Management, Extractive Industries

Sahabat Alam Malaysia / Friends of the Earth Malaysia are collaborating with local fishermen to systematically document illegal fishing activity within designated fishing zones off the west coast of Malaysia.

Through Timby, the group is creating a more robust and reliable evidence base to bring to law enforcement and support advocacy, and also working to contribute to global datasets of illegal fishing. On land, Sahabat Alam Malaysia aims to train youth on how to use Timby to document environmental issues on their doorstep. Youth participation workshop and sensitisation sessions have been conducted by Sahabat Alam Malaysia and is a key area of expansion for the project in 2019.

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 exaggeration 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 hopes to use the country’s legal systems to bring accountability to the country’s resource industries. You can check out their stories here.

Protecting Small Farmers’ Rights in Uganda

Uganda  |  Farmers Rights, Community Monitoring

ESAFF Uganda uses Timby to monitor and address critical land and seed rights issues, as well as activities associated with agroecology and agriculture financing. The app is used by local farmers and community members in various areas across Uganda who speak a variety of languages.

ESAFF Uganda team manages the Dashboard, where they compile and present data-driven stories. These narratives are then shared with partner organizations to collaborate on achieving resolution and advocating for the cause.

A central tenet of the ESAFF Uganda initiative is the inclusion and empowerment of women and youth within the project's framework. The team places a strong emphasis on ensuring these marginalized communities actively participate in the policy formulation and implementation processes.

ESAFF Uganda takes an active role in addressing the issues that are brought to light by users. Actions are taken to resolve reported problems, safeguarding the rights and protection of the vulnerable groups involved through different partnerships.