(Grant) Imagine Monrovia – Using Innovative Data Resources to Manage Monrovia's Development



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Monrovia City Corporation’s (MCC) Proposal, “Imagine Monrovia”, is focused on the theme “Know the Future Potential of your City”. Our City begins with its citizens. The project seeks to arm the urban poor with the tools and skills needed to collect data about their own communities by developing an innovative data collection system that will utilize first-hand data from residents to inform a city planning and service delivery strategy that addresses the issues within the urban slum. Information gathered will provide the knowledge sharing platform needed to implement the City’s First 5-year Strategic Plan, a key component of the National drive for decentralization of urban planning and empo
The Project will provide a platform for informed decision making by empowering community residents, municipal authorities and key stakeholders with the skills, technology and tools needed to develop a roadmap to “Imagine the Future Potential of Monrovia” by developing a comprehensive, inclusive and innovative data and information system that can be used to capture and analyze data to support equitable, sustainable and effective urban planning, with a focus on prioritizing key areas of redevelopment in Monrovia, including communities that have become informal slums and urban settlements.
1.1 Conduct a learning exchange involving key stakeholders as a tool to provide a platform for learning and exchange as well as a mechanism for building stakeholder relationships 1.2 Conduct focus group meetings and charrettes to develop knowledge base and build consensus 2.1 Develop a “Community Mappers Crew” within each neighborhood that will be trained in data collection procedures in order to lead the collection activities 2.2 Provide technical training to MCC staff in GIS applications and digital mapping to enable use and updates to data 3.1 Conduct a landscape study of existing data to understand where information gaps exist and to ensure that the data collection methodology proposed is comparable across platforms 3.2 Develop a database and collection system and methodology based on findings of landscape study 3.3 Data Collection: Disseminate quantitative demographic/livelihood and qualitative surveys 3.4 Analyze data collected 3.5 Disseminate data results and with key stakeholders for validation 3.6 Develop a mapping process which can be used for Future Land Use Planning with a focus on delineating potential pockets for sustainable redevelopment 3.7 Present research results via maps, reports, charts, etc.
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Outcome 1: Comprehensive GIS system functioning at MCC that is compatible with National systems and will serve as a model to replicate work in other urban centers Outcome 2: Competent staff trained in data collection and analysis with an emphasis on enhanced gender participation in technical skill training Outcome 3: Engaged citizens, residents and who understand the challenges facing slums are can participate in making informed decisions that support sustainable urban development Outcome 4: Increase in Municipal Tax Revenue as a result of a more thorough and comprehensive data development to include identification of businesses not currently captured in MCC’s business registry. Currently, less than fifteen percent (15%) of the potential tax base has been identified by rudimentary collection measures.