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On World Toilet Day, Introducing the Crap Map Project

Categories: North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eritrea, Ghana, Niger, U.S.A., Citizen Media, Development, Digital Activism, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Technology

With both big technology players and local partners in Ghana, we’ll be hacking together our “crap map” using existing open source tools and software paired with meaningful offline facilitation around behavior change in sanitation.

Molly Norris of Ideo.org explains the objective of the Crap Map project [1]: “to stimulate collective action to improve community-wide behavior and pressure the public sector and others to make investments in improved sanitation solutions.” On World Toilet Day [2], it's worth noting that in West Africa, only 37 percent of inhabitants can access a clean toilet [3], posing important issues of public health and human dignity. The WHO/UNICEF joint monitoring program (JMP) estimates that Eritrea and Niger have the highest ratio [4] of population forced to defecate in the open.