How can a mobile game contribute to improving life in informal settlements around the world?

Today, one billion people live in informal settlements and their numbers are growing as migration to cities is increasing. GetH20 Mtaani is a game based on the complexity of life including dealing with the scarcity of water, with crime and the escalation of conflict as well as community development. Co-designed with young people from Nairobi, it is spreading across Kenya and Uganda through mobile game websites, Nokia’s Ovi Store and special youth gatherings.

Emer Beamer shares insights about engaging some of the poorest people in a city with a game about their issues, including the design process and the potential for translating into real world action.

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