Spatial Collective’s team worked with the World Bank and African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) to support an ongoing action research program on crime and violence prevention in Korogocho, Nairobi. AIHD and the World Bank documented incidents of crime in two villages in Korogocho. The project aimed to identify characteristics of crime and violence in Nairobi’s informal settlements. Through community data collection, the team explored not only the characteristics of the crimes, but also the socio-economic factors that influence the community and their responses to crime.
As an action research project, AIHD and World Bank also conducted small-scale interventions and documented their impact (including the spatial distribution of incidents) in the community. Through GPS mapping techniques and a secure, interactive web-based mapping platform, Spatial Collective added spatial analysis and visualization for improved understanding of crime distribution and its impact in the community. The community mapping will also inform decision making in terms of planning interventions or future activities.