Healing Fields Foundation

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The Situation

Healing Fields Foundation (HFF) is a not for profit organization and has provided a one year
health education training program to over a thousand local village women and given them tools
to impact the health behaviors of their families and their communities. Plans are to scale this to
about 5000 in the next 5 years. With help from HFF, many of these Community Health
Facilitators (CHFs) use their new knowledge and skills to educate the community on health
issues, sanitation, hygiene, government programs in Health and also to create livelihoods in the
healthcare sector providing goods and services. What results is a network of women making an
impact on the ground level and at the same time earning a living doing it.

The Problem

CHFs provide the last mile connectivity to the communities in which they live. Through these
women HFF gets a firsthand understanding of what the health status of their villages. We
collect data from them during the program via surveys and receive constant feedback through
our field staff. This is a labor intensive process and it takes a while before information gets back
to HFF’s main office where it can be together and made sense of in bigger picture. Of particular
interest is the need for CHFs to report spikes in the number and frequency of a particular
disease. They don’t have a quick and reliable means of getting that information to people who
can help address the issue before it becomes a serious community problem.
Additionally, CHFs can use support in the field. When people come to them with symptoms,
sometimes CHFs could use help figuring out what is wrong and refer them to the relevant health
providers which could save time and money and at times even save lives.

The Challenge

CHFs have access to mobile phones. These are basic phones that have voice and SMS, but not
data capabilities. The challenge is to create a system that uses these phones to connect CHFs to
HFF so that they can provide information on their communities and get health decision-making
support. The system needs to be fully automated or semi-automated. It must be kept in mind
that CHFs are functionally literate but not used to technical or complicated processes. The
program must be designed in a manner that it is simple to use, work in areas where there is
limited access to data networks and at the same time can be translated into multiple
languages.

Contact Information

Mukti.bosco@healing-fields.org
sheldon.wallbrown@healing-fields.org

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Keep India Beautiful

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Our mission is to establish a sustainable trash collection, containing and disposal system involving residents, students, businesses and government in India. Motivate the community to keep their neighborhoods, villages and cities clean and disease free and be proud of it.

We have come up with a plan systematically sort, collect, contain and dispose of trash.
Mobilize a team of students and local people to do an initial clean up.
Show them how to have an ongoing cleaning program managed at various levels.
Get government authorities to provide strong and secure trash containers and waste removal program
Provide ideas for proper trash sorting, composting, recycling and containing non-perishable trash in landfills. We have a 35 page project plan ready Find this report here.
This will be tackled using a website touching every village, city and State and similar mobile app documenting location of trash with date, photos, GPS location (heatmap) on an interactive map putting pressure challenging them to keep their area always clean.

Challenges

  • Reaching out to every school, Panchayat, Municipality and City Corporations in India to join the initiative and take action in a timely way.
  • Funding to provide initial supplies like trash pickers, trash bags, gloves and trash containers.
  • Train local mentors and volunteers and run weekly campaigns and report progress
  • Creating a social capital building (points and awards) system based on their volunteer services.
  • Indian language editing support for Android App

Progress

Website in progress – need help with content and points (social capital) system
Mobile Apps – in progress, will need User Interface.

Links to Reports

Detailed document on KIB
KIB Powerpoint Presentation

Contacts:
Thomas Vellaringattu tomvell@gmail.com Ph: 516 655 4317 San Jose, CA
Siby George (India) sibyvell@gmail.com Ph 94470 43430

World Bank – Open Data Challenges for India

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The World Bank has given us source material for a lot of interesting data sets on India. The challenges are based on a few seed ideas that can be built around this data. Participants are free to explore all the links, and develop their own solutions on visualization, planning and mapping tools.


Data Sources

Development Data

http://data.worldbank.org/country/india

Here you will find jumping off points to several datasets, including:

  • Development indicators

  • Micro survey data

  • Climate change data

Financial Data

https://finances.worldbank.org/countries/India

Here you will find links to data related to:

  • Lending/grants to public sector projects from the World Bank (IBRD, IDA)

  • Major contracts from Bank-supported projects (Public sector)

  • Private sector projects supported by IFC

  • India as a donor to World Bank trust funds


IBRD and IDA Projects in India: Public Sector*

Includes data on locations and results:

http://www.worldbank.org/projects/search?lang=en&searchTerm=&countrycode_exact=IN


IFC Projects: Private Sector

https://ifcndd.ifc.org/ifcext/spiwebsite1.nsf/$$Search?OpenForm


IFC Investment Services projects:

https://finances.worldbank.org/dataset/India-IFC-Investment-Services-Projects/s343-989r


IFC Advisory Services projects:

https://finances.worldbank.org/dataset/India-IFC-Advisory-Services-Projects/av9t-itqd


Strategy for World Bank Group in India for the Next Five Years

Provides a macro perspective of what, where, how, and why the Bank Group will invest in India:

http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/04/15/000350881_20130415145549/Rendered/PDF/7617600CAS0REV0PUBLIC00R20130005004.pdf

Also includes poverty projections till 2030


Challenge Ideas

1. District-level indicators base map for mapping development projects

Challenge: With the detailed district level household data available in Census 2011 (and other open data sources as they become available), there may be an interesting opportunity to create district-level base maps with indicators that correlate closely with poverty – such as households with no toilets (see example below), and plot the relevant World Bank projects, contracts etc. (in a particular sector)  to visualize the granular patterns of Bank’s funding spread. This will be especially relevant for visualizing the Bank’s work (and the work of other development organizations) in the low-income and special category states* that are being targeted by the Bank in the next five years.

Example

http://datastories.in/blog/2013/09/09/a-toilet-map-of-india-2/

Data Sources

India Census

http://www.censusindia.gov.in/2011census/PCA/pca_highlights/pe_data.html

WB Projects

https://finances.worldbank.org/dataset/World-Bank-Projects-Operations/rnku-kcby

http://search.worldbank.org/api/v2/projects

WB Maps

http://maps.worldbank.org/sa/india

Special Category States


2. India’s Open Data Landscape

Challenge: India has a large, evolving open data cataloguet http://data.gov.in/catalogs/. It would be an interesting exercise to map the data dimensions, coverage, usage crossed with the Open Data Census: http://census.okfn.org/. This could perhaps also include some kind of analysis of what data published by India makes it into international sources and what data that isn’t published may also be of interest (e.g. related sub-national data or disaggregated / source data)

Reference

http://thomaslevine.com/!/socrata-summary/


3. Inspector Crowd: Local Development Data in Action

An auto-rickshaw driver outside the World Bank office in Chennai openly wondered – “They have no ATMs?”.  Jokes apart, World Bank may still be a distant entity for some citizens. You read about it in the press but do you know if the road built outside your house was supported by the Bank?

Challenge: How can the World Bank data be made comprehensible for common citizen to track money related to Bank supported development projects in their local contexts: public and private sector? Simple, clean, localized UI – possibility to provide feedback on projects, contracts, and ensure that funds are being spent for the intended purposes? Can an application help mobilize citizens impacted by project in specific locations visit projects/share their feedback on contracts data?

Data Sources

Contracts

https://finances.worldbank.org/Procurement/Major-Contract-Awards/kdui-wcs3?

Tenders

http://search.worldbank.org/wprocnotices

Projects

https://finances.worldbank.org/dataset/World-Bank-Projects-Operations/rnku-kcby

http://search.worldbank.org/api/v2/projects

Financing

https://finances.worldbank.org/Loan-and-Credit-Administration/IBRD-Statement-of-Loans-Latest-Available-Snapshot/sfv5-tf7p

https://finances.worldbank.org/Loan-and-Credit-Administration/IDA-Statement-of-Credits-and-Grants-Latest-Availab/ebmi-69yj

References


World Bank – Where’s the money?

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An auto-rickshaw driver outside the World Bank office in Chennai openly wondered – “They have no ATMs?”  Jokes apart, the World Bank can be a distant entity for some.

How can the World Bank’s data be made more comprehensible for common citizens to track money for development projects in their local contexts: for both public and private sector? Is there a possibility to provide feedback on projects and contracts to ensure that funds are being spent for the intended purposes? Can an application help mobilize citizens in specific locations to visit projects and share their feedback on contracts data?

Find out more about the World Bank’s financing and projects in India – and help get the most of development funding. To learn more about this challenge (and several others), check out the hackathon here .