What would you do if a multi-national company was polluting your waters? If the rivers you depended on were degraded by oil spills, the water unsafe to drink or fish from? Would you petition the government to step in and force the company to clean it up? What if, for years, the government didn’t listen and turned a blind eye?
In August I was priviledged to be invited to the global indigenous mapping conference in Samosir, North Sumatra represent Digital Democracy. Indigenous peoples from around the world spoke passionately about their struggle to defend their ancestral lands from ever encroaching deforestation, contamination and colonization, and the importance of mapping and digital tools for supporting that struggle.
Today, Dd was honored to make a commitment progress report onstage at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting 2013 with Eramithe Delva, co-founder of Haitian women’s organization, KOFAVIV.
The Dd team has been quiet lately, but we’ve been anything but idle. This year we have completed a three-year program, launched new initiatives - and oh yeah, hosted Haiti’s first hackathon! It’s been a period of challenges, new learning and very rewarding work expanding our reach to more marginalized communities.
Digital Democracy is a proud recipient of a 2013 Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant. The award is given to non-profits to support their efforts to use maps to promote public benefit causes. Past recipients include the Nature Conservancy, the Jane Goodall Institute and the Clinton Foundation.
In February, Dd brought together an unlikely mix of international software developers & designers, Haitian technical students and members of Haitian women’s organization KOFAVIV to host Haiti’s first Hackathon, a three-day event designed to encourage collaboration between these diverse actors in order to build out tools to support KOFAVIV’s efforts to turn the 572 Call Center into a national service for survivors of gender-based violence.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Starting March 8, 2013 the KOFAVIV Gender-based Violence Call Center received nearly 2000 calls over the course of a mere 48 hours. Thankfully, the influx of calls was not a result of a spike in violence in Haiti, but rather a response to a campaign launched by Digicel in honor of International Women’s Day.
February 1-3, 2013 – This weekend, Digital Democracy – along with partners KOFAVIV, ESIH & more – is hosting “From Local Solutions to National Systems,” a Hackathon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We’re thrilled to be convening a talented group of Haitian & international developers, designers and issue areas experts for the first Hackathon FOR Haiti to be hosted IN Haiti.
Digital Democracy has been selected as one of eight winners of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge on Mobiles for Remote Access, empowering remote and off-the-grid communities with a toolkit to report environmental and human rights threats.