TechCamp Project Template Group 3
Timothy Anand, Erin LaCroix, Ke Hoksrun, Kong Sopharith, Kunal Jasty, Irene Keller, Phattranit Manuchae, Kim Maurice, Sara Nadelman, Nget Kimsang, Theary (Oxfam), Luke Weatherson
Bryan Nunez, Kalsoom Lakhani
NGO Project Lead:
Technologist Project Lead:
Luke Weatherson and Timothy Anand
Problem Set Format Problem sets and solutions provide a method that details everything you need to get support to a critical problem to which an NGO or a grassroots organization faces.
Summary of the Problem
This is a description of the problem situation. What kind of people mission better if this problem is solved? There are literally thousands of NGO’s in Cambodia providing a variety of services. With this infusion of NGOs comes the inevitable replication of effort in programming, research and funding as well as a lack of collaboration. How do we overcome these obstacles while creating a tool that allows NGOs, funders, researchers, service recipients and the public to see what they are all doing, where the trafficking dollars are going and program effectiveness?
Summary of the Proposed Solution
This should provide an outline of the basic need that would solve the above problem. Our solution would:
- ELIMINATE REDUNDANCIES IN FUNDING, PROGRAMMING AND SERVICE PROVISION IN A DATA DRIVEN WAY
- INCREASING ACCOUNTABILITY
- CREATING TRANSPARENCY
- FOSTERING COLLABORATION
Aggregating all the publicly available data and peer reviewed data regarding the human trafficking services, research, funding and programming on a map visualization will allow donors and NGOs to see areas of need based on research, government and socioeconomic data. This mapping will allow there to be a data driven way to look at how we fund and program and the areas that need more attention and the shift in this data over time.
Technology to Solve the Problem
Areas of technology that you believe have the potential to solve this problem? (eg mobile devices, social networks, geospatial technology, etc.). As the proposed solution could be used? We will be using the Ushahidi platform to bring in various publicly available data sources to create map layers to look at current funding (tax and international government and NGO data, donor data information), peer reviewed research and surveillance data, NGO specific information (programming, services, catchment areas, recipients, goals), API data from Freedom Registry, Urban Voice, other aggregate data APIs from research, government and external sources. There would also be a function to look at the historical, current and longitudinal data points as well as any viable predictive data to see trends and future areas of need. Putting together disparate research and information into a single portal will allow donors, NGOs and the public to understand and reduce funding, programming and geographic redundancies. Having a full understanding of different research and views of the problem from a variety of sources allows NGOs, funders and the public to make decisions on where their resources can go.
What other information could help technologists working on this idea?
- Urban Voice platform
- Freedom Registry
- Current research and trend data from government, NGO and other validated information websites
- Liberty Asia, other hotlines
- Ushahidi platform
- Web trawling for meta data
Once a potential solution has been developed, what is your plan of action to implement it? Should arise as a series of steps and goals, preferably together with actions assigned to a specific group of people.
As Chab Dai is an already established coalition that has accessed the resources of many NGO’s around Cambodia as well as legal, journal and peer reviewed research (library focused), they make the most sense as housing the coordination aspects of our group. As this map would be a layer on the Freedom Registry mapping, all team members could use their individual networks, resources and publicly available information sources to feed into the map coding. As we are a diverse group of stakeholders from within and without Chab Dai and have extensive networks throughout Cambodia, we would have access to a wealth of useable research and information that would inform the various map layers. There is also plethora of publicly available information on other websites that could be translated into data points on our map.