KACE, Sudan

Al-Khatim Center for Enlightenment (KACE)
Beirut, 2016
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Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment (KACE) is dedicated to developing democracy, encouraging freedom of thought and scientific research, and reinforcing peaceful and civilised debate among different groups in Sudan. By focusing on the root causes of the civil war and mapping human rights violations against the Sudanese, KACE undertakes research and campaigns, and engages in public activism to develop a culture of peace.

KACE’s regional office in Kampala was established to support their mandate and to establish a secure setting from which they could publish and report more freely.

Meet the Team

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Back row, left to right. XX (xx), XX (xx), Maral (xx), Neil (xx), XX (xx).

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The Data

KACE were inspired to collect their data after reading the results of an official opinion poll published by the government of Sudan. They didn’t think it matched the lived reality, so set about trying to recreate the methodology and test it for themselves. Their results were quite different, and they wanted to create a data-drive campaign that would spread a feeling of togetherness among the people of Sudan.

Their team worked with them to explore the data, and design a simple and shareable way to present the insights. After creating audience profiles, they understood their primary target audience was using mobile phones, and might not be browsing the internet, so they had to get inventive.

Mobile First, and Made for Sharing.

99.3% of Egyptian women report being harassed. The HarassMap team's concept was designed around encouraging users to share their experiences, and to react to those already shared. With the emotive content locked in free text fields, the team weren’t sure how they could convey both the sheer volume of incidences and the individual stories of those affected.

We wanted to be sure that HarassMap would never be ‘just a map’ and it was important to us that it would have a strong community-based component that could make a strong impact on the ground.

One of the most innovative concepts prototyped at the Beirut 2016 workshop was HarassMap’s “story threads” tool. The team worked non-stop to clean and process the free text narratives, dividing them into setting, incident, and reaction. This was a manual process that to be successful would need to be automated in the future. But a proof of concept was created, and the interactive can be explored at this link: data4change.github.io/harassmap/web/columns.html

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Not Just Another Map

The team also proposed a new model for reporting and tracking sexual harassment in Egypt. The concept was designed around encouraging users to share their experiences, and react to those already shared. These screens show how the user is led gently from a passive reader, exploring the stories, to being encouraged to react and support those who have shared their stories, perhaps even becoming empowered enough to share their own experiences.

There was a lot of information to bring into one screen, but in this case a map and timeline helped declutter multiple layers of information. A dynamic timeline-based map (web users manipulate the slider to view incidents across time) serves as an archive of events across the city, helping residents make decisions about which path may be safest to take, or which areas have become harassment hotspots.

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