• About

    The Ugunja Research Team is comprised of three Geography BSc graduates from Royal Holloway, University of London and aims to evaluate how interactive and community mapping can be used to enhance rural development in and around Ugunja, western Kenya.

    We are working in partnership with the Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC) with the kind support of the Royal Geographical Society's Gumby Award and the ICT4D collective at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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A weekend at the RGS; Top tips for Research

An account from Olly on the RGS Explore 2011 weekend. After all of the support and assistance we had received from the Royal Geographical Society, and especially from Shane Winser the Geography Outdoors Coordinator, it was with great pleasure that we agreed to speak at the recent Explore 2011 expedition and planning weekend, held at … Continue reading

Posters, reports and reviews: A summation of the project so far

The research team have now been back in the UK for two months and are back to the normal routine. Two of us are studying for our Masters courses and the other is working. We are currently compiling our final research report, but, until that is released next year, this page should keep you informed. … Continue reading

Taking mapping to the next level: Local team report

These extracts were taken from a report produced by Enock Chiteri, one of three Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC) staff members responsible for their mapping project. The report gives an overview of the mapping project from a local perspective.  Introduction The need to map local areas is arising because of lack substantial and detailed information … Continue reading

Review of Week 6 (12th-18th September)

How the week panned out Monday 12th September – Final day in the UCRC office. Had a long list of things to do before it was too late! Recorded video footage with Enock, collected poster artwork and conducted interview with head of finance at constituency development fund. We also had an end of project meeting … Continue reading

Why trust a map? A historical perspective

The first detailed map of the world can trace its origins back to the early 16th century and the establishment of the Casa de Contración (The House of Trade, 1503) in Spain and the Casa da India (1501) in Portugal. These institutions, it has been argued were Europe’s first scientific institutions, spaces of knowledge accumulation … Continue reading

More than a blankspot: Using Open Street Map in Ugunja

The research team discuss the shift from ArcGIS to Open Street Map. It is hoped this will be a more appropriate piece of software to engage directly with the community and to encourage active participation.

Using Open Street Map: An Interview with Enock Chiteri

An interview with Enock Chiteri, a volunteer at the Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC). He discusses the progress of using Open Street Map for two weeks before looking to the projects future.

Review of Week 5 (5th – 11th September)

How the week panned out Monday 5th September – Conducted formal interviews with Enock and Paul. Took our poster ideas to the artist and commissioned two cartoons. Worked on our third report which focuses on solutions to the local issues outline in the second report. Tuesday 6th September – Continued work on the report and … Continue reading

Possibilities for community mapping in Ugunja

A paper presenting possible solutions to local issues raised by the community of Ugunja. Compiled in partnership with the Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC), it is hoped that these examples will give community stakeholders just a flavor of what can be achieved through community mapping. We firmly believe that, if embraced, this project could form … Continue reading

Review of Week 4 (29th August-4th September)

How the week panned out Monday 29th August – Progress meeting with local team to ensure the last two weeks were on track. We expressed disappointment at the lack of mapping progress and suggested Open Street Map (OSM) as an appropriate solution to rejuvenate the project. In the afternoon we went into the field with … Continue reading

  • About

    The Uganja Research Team is comprised of three Geography BSc graduates from Royal Holloway, University of London and aims to evaluate how interactive and community mapping can be used to enhance rural development in and around Ugunja, western Kenya.