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

See it in action

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.

Strengthening Environmental Governance in Mozambique

Mozambique  |  Civil Society Organisations, Forestry

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are at the frontlines of documenting issues related to environmental governance, however the data they collect oftens remains fragmented across organizations. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is equipping CSOs across Mozambique with TIMBY to document forestry-related issues in the regions where they operate.

CSOs will use TIMBY to strengthen their own data collection processes – improving data collection and analysis at the organization level. Furthermore, WWF will aggregate reports collected by CSOs from across the country to create a national database of forest governance-related issues. This database will provide a more complete picture of forestry-related concerns and will be used to inform government policy, address illegal logging, and support journalists in informing public discourse.

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.

Exposing Environmental Mismanagement in Congo-Brazzaville

Congo-Brazzaville  |  Community Engagement, Waste Disposal, Extractive Industries

Indigenous communities in the North-Eastern region of the Congo are using TIMBY with the support of Forest Peoples Programme and their partner organization, Organisation pour le Développement et les Droits Humains au Congo (ODDHC) to monitor unauthorized waste disposal by forestry companies and other environmental devastation caused by wild elephants and logging industry infrastructure.

The monitoring project aims to increase indigenous groups’ understanding of their land rights, as well as creating a sustainable and effective system for community based monitoring, reporting and verification of environmental issues.

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.

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.

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.

Indigenous Rights and Land Tenure in Africa

Kenya  |  Community Monitoring, Human Rights Abuses

In partnership with Forest Peoples Programme, TIMBY is being used by the indigenous Sengwer community in Western Kenya to document forced evictions the Kenyan Forestry Service has carried out against them. The Sengwer are also using TIMBY to monitor their compliance with newly-adopted community bylaws that set standards aimed at minimizing their impact on Embobut Forest in which they live, as well as collect information on threats to Embobut that can be shared with those in government in a position to stop it.

The Sengwer hope that through rigorous documentation of forced evictions, threats to sustainability in Embobut, and their own efforts to serve as sustainable custodians of the forest, they can both protect Embobut Forest and prevent continued evictions. The Sengwer’s TIMBY dashboard will also be used as a cultural repository, where examples of Sengwer practices and stories kept safe and secure.

Strengthening Forest Governance and Land Rights in the Philippines

Philippines  |  Forest Governance, Extractive Industries

The Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center / Kasama sa Kalikasani was founded with the goal to strengthen indigenous peoples’ rights and the upland rural poor’s rights to land and natural resources. Forest Guards from the local Teduray and Lambangian communities in Mindanao are using TIMBY to document commercialized illegal logging, mining, and fishing activities in their habitation areas.

The evidence collected by guards is feeding into the Green Livelihoods Alliance aimed at strengthening forest governance of the Teduray and Lambangian communities. The Forest Guards and their TIMBY tools are being presented to local government as a legitimate means of monitoring environmental violations such as carabao-logging in forest and watershed areas. They are also working to use TIMBY reports to document sacred sites and watershed areas that can then be fed back into the production of community maps.

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.