Engaging children digitally

Image source: UN-Habitat


In Mozambique, where more than half the population are children, urbanisation presents both challenges and opportunities for accommodating children’s needs and influencing their rights. This project explores new ways to promote child engagement in the reflection and design of urban space in Maputo. By using smartphone applications for data collection, children are actively involved in a fun participatory process, ensuring their voices are heard and influencing the decision-making process. The project involves children tracing their daily routes from home to school and documenting their challenges, feelings, and opinions about public spaces. The data collected identifies several places and spots, such as tree locations, sidewalks, streets, small public spaces, and soccer fields, which can be used as evidence guiding decision-makers, professionals, and policymakers in planning urban improvements.

Maputo, Mozambique

Municipality of Maputo

Partner organisations:
UNIFEC, UN-Habitat.

Children 0-5, Children 5+

Scale of proximity:

Built environment component:
Public space




Intervention Type
Scales of proximity
Design guide phases

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