The mapping is over after a year of hard work and dedication by a number of us. We were used to seeing the progress chart, and mappers watching how their districts are doing. Each day came with change, more tiles getting done, changing from white to orange to green when validation started.
However, some of the districts got this all wrong in terms of required effort. That is to say, that we often appeared to not know the required accuracy and engagement. That led to some of the tiles being invalidated and percentages simultaneously increasing and decreasing at some points, which seemed to frustrate some people. That is a normal thing for a collaboration involving the work of a lot of people. The project slack feed would show that a core of 10 people contributed regularly, and others less frequently. Of the eleven tasks, only three Qacha’s Nek, Quthing and Thaba-Tseka got to 100% done and validated within the year, the rest either still needed some mapping or some more validation.
#MapLesotho phase II was designed to map the things that would help planners make plans, therefore we have to move on and make the map tidier and more useful. As a planner before making plans we have to map what’s there, in that case we would know what’s lacking in an area. We still have a long way to go when it comes to planning. It’s true we work at a local level, but we need guiding tools, there has to be a national plan that guides us as planners to plan our local areas. #MapLesotho is our foundation to make National, District then Local plans long into the future, so long as we get the hard work over with now.