Ramani Huria 2.0 Launch

On September 26th, the new era of Ramani Huria 2.0 was officially launched at Julius Nyerere International Convention Center, an event attended by key project stakeholders, including government officials, university officials, Red Cross members, mapping experts, community members, and, of course, the students of Ramani Huria. Professor Evaristo Liwa, Vice Chancellor of Ardhi University, gave opening remarks that commenced with a briefing on the previous iteration of Ramani Huria - a project that successfully produced maps for 21 wards of the city, home to approximately 1.3 million residents. He noted that this scaled…Read more

WEOs Discuss Map Use Beyond Flood Resilience

On 28th February 2017, Ramani Huria held its 2nd community engagement workshop at Tanzania Data Lab (dLab). The workshop comprised of Ward Executive Officers (WEOs) from the community mapped wards of Dar es Salaam where maps were produced by the local community to help decision makers in their planning for flood mitigation and other issues. This workshop was called as a follow-up of the 1st community workshop that was held in October 2016 and involved 10 ward officers from Tandale, Ndugumbi, Buguruni, Vingunguti, Magomeni, Hananasif, Mzimuni, Manzese, Mwananyamala and Kigogo. The participants this…Read more

Maps for Saving Lives: a revival of Maptime Tanzania

On January 28th, 25 volunteers, colleagues, students, and partners gathered at Tanzania Data Lab (dLab) for a Maptime event hosted by Ramani Huria. The event commenced at 10 am and its eager attendees lingered well past its scheduled end time at 1pm. The main objective of this mapathon was to identify buildings and roads in the Shinyanga District to support those working on the PEPFAR HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment initiative. With this area mapped, PEPFAR and its stakeholders will better be able to establish how communities are connected by roads to understand whether…Read more

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

Ramani Huria Closing Workshop: Reflection & New Direction

November 7th & 8th marked the beginning of a new era for Ramani Huria - a project that over the past year has brought together a diverse consortium of partners, including the Tanzanian Commission of Science and Technology, the World Bank, the American, Danish and Tanzanian Red Cross Society's, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, the Government of Tanzania, and students of Ardhi University and UDSM, to determine the potential of data produced by community mapping and to drive innovation in modern mapping methods. Community mappers, government officials, and experts from the field (both local and…Read more

Celebrating GIS Day at the University of Dar es Salaam

To celebrate International #GISDay2016 on November 16th and 17th, the Ramani Huria team took part in an event at Nkrumah Hall, UDSM. The event was titled “Geospatial and ICT technologies for business solutions” and it was attended by different GIS-focussed stakeholders, including iBridge Group of Companies, Kilimanjaro GeoConsultant, Turku University - Finland, Arbonaut - Finland, Human Settlements Action Company (HUSEA), Agroinfo (ICT for Agriculture), VIONCE, Commission for Lands Zanzibar, State University of Zanzibar, to name a few. An exhibition showcasing GIS products and projects (including the Ramani Huria) was set up  outside Nkrumah…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

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

#TanzaniaCfR: Coding for Flood Resilience

CfR Fellows and Mentors Dar es Salaam and Stone Town are the two primary cities of Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, with populations of 5.5 million and 150,000 respectively. Each of these cities and their country have unique challenges and hazards. Dar es Salaam for instance is challenged by bi-annual flooding, impacting many thousands of its citizens every year. In response to this, the World Bank, GFDRR, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and the Red Cross are supporting the Tanzanian Commission of Science and Technology, Buni Innovation Hub, Dar es Salaam City Council, Ardhi University and…Read more
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