FixMyStreet Georgia - Chemikucha.ge
Chemikucha.ge – chemi kucha means "our street" – is designed to help and encourage residents of Tbilisi to report local problems on their street to City Hall. The reports are located on a map and can be viewed and discussed by residents, stakeholders and representatives of the competent government authority. The platform, launched through a year-long project, enables the public to monitor the competent authorities reaction to a reported issue of concern. Chekikucha is an adaptation of the open-source FixMyStreet concept and can also be accessed at FixMySreet.ge.
Immediately after the launch presentation of the Chemikucha on 21 March, 2011, attended by Tbilisi mayor Gigi Ugulava, many residents of Tbilisi started using the site. Within the first 72 hours of its operation, www.chemikucha.ge has received more than 30,500 page views. Over 4,800 people visited the site and reported 164 problems on their streets. Officials from Tbilisi City Hall have already started commenting and have provided updates on plans to fix several reported problems. Goals and objectives The goal of www.chemikucha.ge is to create an online platform that facilitates direct communication on local problems between citizens and the city of Tbilisi's administration. Furthermore, we want to encourage citizens to report issues in their neighborhood they are concerned about by lowering the barriers to get active, share and discuss problems with others and monitor the authorities' reactions. Consequently, the project aims to create more public awareness and debate about dangerous problems on the streets of Tbilisi. By bringing people's concern about local problems into the public sphere, we hope that competent authorities will be able to address and solve those issues more quickly and effectively. Reports of problems on the streets of the capital will make Tbilisi City Hall officials more responsive to problems that are reported by citizens. The fact that all reports are public and that everybody will be able to monitor if and how the competent city authorities react to a complaint will increase the effectiveness of the authorities and help solving more local issues that are of concern to many people. Finally, the project will produce an open-source platform, adopted to Georgian needs, allowing to collect and locate user reports on a map. The platform can be easily used and adopted by other civil society organizations for civic monitoring purposes of their choice, thus providing them with an innovative, effective and free tool. This project is made possible by the generous support of