Huduma – Africa’s new government effectiveness monitor?
This post was originally published on TNWAfrica by CP-Africa’s Nmachi Jidenma…You can read the full interview via the link below this post. By the way, be sure to check out The Next Web Africa regularly to find out what is buzzing in Africa tech 🙂
Renowned Kenyan crowdsourcing site, Ushahidi is set to launch a new site that will help monitor government effectiveness. The new site is called Huduma. (I personally think this site should be deployed in as many African countries as possible).
Huduma (which is a Swahili word for “service”) enables people to submit reports on the performance of services in their district by text, e-mail or Twitter. The reports are then mapped on the Huduma site for public viewing.
The service is a modification of the Ushahidi platform, an open source technology that crowdsources crisis information via SMS and the web and then maps the reports for viewers. Ushahidi is estimated to have been deployed about 12,000 times across the world including notably during the earthquakes in Haiti where it proved to be invaluable.
“There will be a dashboard which will compare one district with another. We will also layer in other information such as aid flows from, say, the World Bank. So, for example, if you pull up the profile of a school or clinic, you will have information about what aid it may have received as well as local reports on whether the teachers are turning up to work.”