I started this trip after completing my engineering degree (Geodetic Engineering) on 17th December, 2009, with a clear vision that I want to volunteer in Kenya for a couple of months and then go home and get a job and live my life somehow. After more than seven years I’m still in Kenya, owning a technology consulting company called Spatial Collective. It’s been a thrilling ride. On the road leading up to here I’ve freelance mapped some of the remotest areas in Kenya, worked as a programmes director at Map Kibera Trust, having a leading role in projects like Map Kibera and Map Mathare, and worked on community mapping and citizen journalism projects. I’ve consulted for the World Bank, the United Nations, and National Democratic Institute. I’ve worked on technology for development, mapping, Geographic Information Systems, community development, advocacy, research, and monitoring and evaluation projects in Tanzania, Swaziland, Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria, USA, and all over Kenya. Because of my work I received a scholarship (MA) at the School of Media and Public Affairs, at the George Washington University, where I was a teaching and research assistant in the field of Strategic Political Communication. In 2015, I was honored by being selected as a PopTech Social-Innovation Fellow.
I’m writing this blog because the work I’m doing is in some ways unique and I thought people might be interested to read about it or even, not to be too complacent, learn, as I’m learning every day. All of the posts and opinions are my own unless stated differently.