An aboriginal group in Kenya is all-embracing the use of abstruse addition to certificate forced evictions and efforts at absolute accompanying conflicts.

Although forced evictions are not new to Kenya’s Sengwer community, in December 2018, the Kenyan Forest Service started a new attack to evict families from the Embobut Forest — their affiliated home — thereby consistent in conflicts and 341 houses being burnt, says a report by Amnesty International appear in May this year.

The Sengwer association in Embobut Forest is now using “This Is My Backyard” (TIMBY), a set of commutual agenda tools, to certificate and, boost negotiations to boldness land conflicts.

“By using a collaborative access to adviser actionable forestry, TIMBY app will aid both the Sengwer [community] and the Kenyan Forest Service to certificate threats to the forest,” says Amy Goldman, CEO of GHR Foundation, a US-based alignment that promotes global development, education and health through philanthropy. “[This is] an effort in which their goals and interests are aligned, allowance to advance their accord and build trust.”

Earlier this month (1 October 2018), TIMBY accustomed almost $200,000 for being one of top five ideas for the 2018 BridgeBuilder Challenge organized by the GHR Foundation in accord with OpenIDEO, an alignment that uses the power of crowdsourcing to solve global challenges.

TIMBY and the other four winners were called from more than 675 global submissions, says the GHR Foundation.

Through the new funding, TIMBY is being used to equip the aboriginal Sengwer association and the Kenyan government to a create a agenda advertisement system to certificate issues such as forced evictions, advantage payments, appointment affairs and sustainability of the Embobut Forest.

According to Anjali Nayar, TIMBY founder, the idea for the tool was mooted in December 2011 during her first trip to Liberia, but it was in 2012 that its development started.

“At that time and I was very aware that most of the belief that came to me (even as a announcer in the region) were once damage was done,” Nayar said.

“Over time we’ve also built a lot of features, including maps on phones, a affliction system to log issues that must be responded to and more storytelling functionality.” said Nayar

Although technology and addition cannot solve problems on their own, they can help make systems such as affirmation (collection) more efficient. “Technology can help shift the chat to whether article is accident and what to do about it. It can also help keep the groups on the ground safe through encryption and aegis alerts in times of problem,” Nayar explained.

Justin Kenrick, senior policy advisor at Forest Peoples Program, says the app being deployed in Kenya is a way for civil association actors to abutment communities’ land rights.

“TIMBY contributes to the new accurate access to forest conservation, which is not about banishment people off their affiliated lands at gun point, but about acquainted affiliated forest dwellers’ knowledge, skills and charge to attention their forest lands,” explains Kenrick.

Elias Kimaiyo, Sengwer association leader who-uses the app – urges policy makers to embrace this new agenda tool that will not only help in ecology human right violations but also ecology accepted land use.

Nancy Kiplimo, who was born and raised at the Embobut Forest, applauds the tool and says this could help her return to where she was born before being evicted and their acreage being destroyed.

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