After analysing the data, the next step in finalising the district’s future development plans was to obtain community buy-in through a process called participatory mapping. Officers have been sharing these maps with the local community, including traditional leaders, enabling them to understand the gaps in services and contribute to development decisions in the area.
“Right now, we are in the process of brokering planning agreements with traditional leaders and the response has been great so far. We also had community meetings where we presented the maps developed from the GRID3 data. The community appreciated the maps because they were able to visualise current service coverage and gaps in their respective areas. The moment we explained the situation to the community members using maps, it was easier for them to understand the issues they were facing and we were able to come up with priority projects to solve the underlying issues,”
While Zimba district planners continue to engage with the community to help solidify planning decisions, they will digitise the maps to improve public access.
“GRID3 data has provided us with a resource inventory containing information we never had. We are now able to analyse accessibility to community services. The data acts as a driver for change in terms of development. This information is now at our fingertips and planning will be made easier.”
To access GRID3 data, please visit our Data page.