Understand the methodology behind the system

UNICEF-GIS is the central technology in a youth-led digital mapping methodology to amplify voices of youth to local government and community leaders. When a new country makes the decision to deploy UNICEF-GIS, the local UNICEF Country Office leads a three phase methodology to launch their program.

Phase One:

  • Thematic issue areas to be mapped are chosen through a consultative process with UNICEF experts and local partners.
  • UNICEF Country Office selects a youth oriented NGO or CBO working in the target community as partner and identifies through a participatory public consultation involving adolescents and young people the neighborhoods/communities.
  • Local and National partnerships are established.
  • A local training with international experts builds capacity to deploy at the community level. A pilot cohort of youth and adolescents take part in an initial workshop to firmly establish the cultural principles and practicalities of digital community mapping.

Phase Two

  • Additional groups of youth are trained in digital mapping and generate reports with mobile phones and upload and edit the reports on the web.
  • The information is verified by UNICEF and presented to the community and local leaders by the youth mappers.

Phase Three:

  • The geographic and qualitative data from the mapping process on the community level is made public and disseminated by UNICEF through social media.
  • Advocacy campaigns press government officials and local NGOs to meet the environmental needs recognized by young people in the mapping process.
  • Continued updating of digital mapping through mobile phones and scaling process for national integration is planned.