Ushahidi

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Video: Ushahidi makes it possible for critical and timely information to get to those who need it most.

With continued support from our volunteer developers and organizations like Omidyar Network, we can enable Ushahidi to achieve massive social impact across the globe.


— Ory Okolloh, Executive Director of Ushahidi

Ushahidi, meaning “testimony” in Swahili, is a crowdsourcing platform that collects and visualizes citizen-reported information to increase public awareness and empower accountability.

Why We Invested

Ushahidi’s open source technology platform crowdsources verified information submitted by citizens via SMS messaging or the Internet.  Omidyar Network’s investment will enable Ushahidi to establish a Nairobi base with an expanded team; develop new technologies to enhance its platform; and grow its partnerships with media organizations and NGOs. 

Ushahidi’s platform gathers information from a variety of locations, which is then verified by administrators and visualized on a map or a timeline.  Previous applications of the technology range from monitoring elections in the Congo, India, and Mexico to tracking the availability of medical supplies in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, and Zambia.  Volunteers originally developed Ushahidi as a website to map reports and thus catalyze effective crisis response during the post-election violence in Kenya in early 2008.