Ramani Huria trains secondary students during STEM boot camp

Over the first week of January 2017, a group of 60 secondary school students gathered at Marian University College, Bagamoyo for a ground-breaking training session - the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Youth Boot Camp organised by Projekt Inspire in collaboration with the Ramani Huria team. These students, hailing from different regions of Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Moshi, Arusha, Mbeya, to name a few), were there to be introduced to GIS and web mapping. STEM Youth Boot Camps are a Projekt Inspire initiative. This initiative helps to improve the quality of secondary…Read more

Ward Executive Officers (WEO)s share their experiences with community mapping

The WEO of Tandale, Athuman Mtono Discussing Tandale's Resilience Action Strategies On October 27th, 2016, Ward Executive Officers (WEOs) from across Dar es Salaam came together to discuss the observed benefits and the future potential of Ramani Huria’s community mapping project. The workshop was kicked off by Osiligi Lossai, the WEO of Kigogo, presenting his community’s experience with the maps, leading to an open discussion between all WEOs on the many purposes that the maps can serve to further socio-economic development. Salum Mzaganya, WEO of Hananasif sharing his experience Salum Mzaganya, the new WEO of Hananasif, shared…Read more

Mapping Bicycle Routes During Dar es Salaam’s Cycle Caravan

Each year, 5th June marks World Environment Day, a day for raising global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. This year’s Sunday 5th June saw UWABA (Umma wa Wapanda Baiskeli; or “Public Cycling Community”), a cycling community in Dar es Salaam in cooperation with European Union, organizing the cycle caravan. This is to support low carbon transport, to promote environmental alternatives to high carbon transport as well as putting emphasis on the presence (or absence) of bicycle roads/routes in the city. With the motivation to do…Read more

How are the maps being used in the wards?

Guest post by Mercedes Hoffay, Master of Public Administration Candidate - Columbia University All policy students are obsessed with the effectiveness and feasibility of policies and programs that governments implement. So when we find a tool that allows significant efficiency gains in government planning, we are thrilled. That is how we felt when we embarked on our Graduate Capstone Project to evaluate the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s work in Tanzania and their role in Dar Ramani Huria. Let me introduce ourselves: we are six Masters students from Columbia University, studying Public Administration, International Affairs…Read more

Community discussions on flood prevention at recent Tanzania Red Cross workshop

Ramani Huria was honoured to be part of a recent workshop organised by the Tanzania Red Cross Society as part of their project Zuia Mafuriko (Prevent Flooding). The workshop took place over two days, January 19th-20th 2016, and drew together a variety of stakeholders who play a role in flood prevention in Dar es Salaam. In addition to the Ramani Huria team, participants included members of Community Disaster Preparedness and Response Teams, Kinondoni Municipal council Executive Director, Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), and Ruvu Water Basin Authority. Through the workshop the various stakeholders shared…Read more

Community mapping presented to UDSM Masters students

Ramani Huria was excited to be invited by the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) to present on digital community mapping to GIS Masters students on 29th of February, 2016. The session was facilitated by Dr. Festus Ndumbaro, university lecturer on Cartography and GeoVisualization. Ramani Huria presented on ‘Web Maps’ and led a discussion with the students, allowing for knowledge transfer between graduated and current students from UDSM. The Ramani Huria team began by giving an overview of community mapping they are facilitating on Dar es Salaam, with the focus on flood resilience.…Read more

Red Cross Volunteers Active in Mapping Vingunguti

Vingunguti is an administrative ward in Ilala district in western Dar Es Salaam and according to the 2012 census has a population of 106,946. Vingunguti ward is a flood prone area of Dar es Salaam and many settlements within it are informal. The Msimbazi River flows around the West and North boundary of the ward, and during rainy season is a major cause of flooding. Launching mapping in Vingunguti Ramani Huria launched mapping in Vingunguti with a community forum taking place on 11th September 2015. Red Cross volunteers were excited to be present…Read more

Mapping Tabata Ward

Ramani Huria began mapping Tabata ward on 7th October, and completed mapping on 6th November 2015. Tabata is an administrative ward in Ilala district in western Dar Es Salaam and according to the 2012 census has a population of 46,228. Mapping was launched in the ward with an opening community forum, taking place at the ward office, and attendance included: Tabata Ward Executive Officer (WEO); eight Mtaa Executive Officers (MEOs), five Mtaa chairmen; eight community members; and representatives from the Ramani Huria team. Active mapping started on 12th October with data collection and…Read more

Ramani Huria volunteers support #HapaUsafiTu

Independence Day and Republic Day in Tanzania falls on the 9th of December, typically a day off work with many people gathering at the National Stadium to watch parades match in front of the President. Dances are performed and a torch is carried up Mount Kilimanjaro, symbolising liberty and self-determination of the nations in Africa. However, in 2015, for the first time, the day will be celebrated in a very different way. Recently elected, President Magufuli declared that celebrations of Independence Day and Republic Day would be a chance for all citizens of…Read more

Putting Dar es Salaam dala dalas on the map

For many residents of Dar es Salaam, taking the dala dala is an everyday necessity. With over 200 routes across the city, dala dalas are medium-sized buses providing the cheapest way to move around and essential transportation for many. As one of the fastest growing cities in the world (the third largest in Africa and ninth in the world), Dar es Salaam's population of 4.3 million is expected to increase to 7 million by 2025 and transportation is, and will continue to be a factor in the quality of life for residents. Transportation…Read more
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