The Lokalizo project is now in the sixth month of implementation and over this time young people who have joined Lokalizo were introduced to the concept of digital mapping through a set of workshops and activities focusing on digital engagement, youth empowerment and community advocacy. Lokalizo through its partnership with Voices of Youth Maps offers a youth friendly technology that can be used by trained young people to securely collect stories and reports regarding their neighborhood.
Aggregated reports serve as a powerful tool to promote interventions by the community and its leaders to achieve the desired changes. The Lokalizo project addresses 9 thematic categories: walking hazards, accumulation of garbage, collapse risks, water management, recreational parks, urban traffic, sanitation problems, urban green spaces and forests, response to humanitarian disasters.
(In respect to the latter category and in light of the recent floods in the Balkans, our team has been invited at the Mikser Festival 2014 in Belgrade to present how youth-led initiatives similar to Lokalizo can respond to such crisis in the future.)
Our team has been able to create a solid circle of stakeholders in the city of Prishtina, while we are working everyday to expand this circle. Simultaneously, we are looking at opportunities to expand the service offered through Lokalizo to other cities, with the goal to stretch on national level.
The social enterprise contributes positively to social change by empowering a number of people who join us as youth mappers. While the activism of young people pushes governmental institutions to join us as stakeholders and collaborate to jointly improve the quality of life in our communities. Lokalizo successfully creates feedback loops where direct communication between agents of positive change, elected representatives, and those responsible to provide remedies can easily collaborate to establish the needed results.