Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP)

Data for Improved Urban Development

Project Location:
Port Harcourt,  Nigeria

CMAP is one of the first recipients of Cadasta’s Data Accelerator Grant! 

We are so excited to see what they accomplish!  

Their Mission

Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP) is a collaboration between local and international community organisers, filmmakers, broadcasters, urban planners, architects, designers, university researchers and–most importantly–ordinary people from across Port Harcourt’s informal settlements. CMAP shares the skills and technologies that allow communities to record their experiences, tell their stories and change their lives. As a collaborative platform, CMAP’s ultimate goal is to launch community-owned initiatives to sustainability.

Project with Cadasta: The Human City Project

Project Location: Port Harcourt, Nigeria

In Port Harcourt, Nigeria an estimated 480,000 people are living in informal waterfront settlements and face the threat of demolition by local authorities. The Human City Project, led by the Nigerian non-profit Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP), works to support and develop the “strategic and technical capacity of slum communities to participate in the shaping of their city” through rights-based media advocacy, collaborative architectural design, and inclusive urban planning. With the Human City Project, CMAP has organized an advocacy platform and campaign to give voice to waterfront residents to oppose further demolitions and forced evictions and show that, like the government, they want to develop their communities. CMAP uses a community participatory process that allows residents to demonstrate their desire and capacity for in-situ development. Mapping capabilities and tools became a critical need for CMAP to better understand the needs of waterfront communities for urban planning and development.

Cadasta partnered with CMAP to train young local mappers to use Cadasta’s tools and platform to improve their data collection, management, and reporting processes. Through our collaboration, CMAP is better able to support residents’ efforts to defend their rights and use the household survey and mapping data to advocate with local and state officials for their urban planning needs. 

Through the grant, CMAP will capture community boundaries for 100,000 households in twenty settlements and also survey 2,500 households across four settlements to create a community profile for each settlement.