The kick-off workshop was held on March 26th at the Buni Innovation Hub, at the Commission for Science and Technology.

Panel: Innovating Urban Flooding
Primer: Addressing the Urban Flood Challenge—Innovations and Opportunities

Rekha Menon, Program Leader, World Bank
Prof. Robert Kiunsi, Dean of the School of Real Estate Studies (SRES), Ardhi University
Julia Letara, Town Planner, Kinondoni Municipal Council
Dr. Bob Day, Director of Non-Zero-Sum Development
The first panel started proceedings with a high level discussion on urban flood risk resilience in Dar es Salaam and the opportunities for institutional collaboration across Dar es Salaam. Our guest of honour, Patrick Makungu the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Science, Communication and Technology who highlighted the need for urban flood risk resilience and the importance of leading and investing in Science and Technology to develop innovations in this area. This was echoed by academia in that for community mapping to be sustainable, skills building across academic and government institutions must occur; building a curriculum around mapping. From this point we will need accurate data at a local level to identify flood risk and impact to citizens.


Panel: Mapping for Flood Resilience
Primer: OpenStreetMap—Digitising Community Voice
Primer: Red Cross—Early Warning and Early Action

Osiligi Lossai, Ward Executive Officer, Tandale
Prof. Herbert Hambati, Professor of Geography, University of Dar es Salaam
Charles Msangi, Disaster Focal Point, Disaster Management Department
Dr. Vedast Makota, Acting Director, Environmental Information Communication & Outreach
Julie Arrighi, Africa Resilience Advisor, American Red Cross

The second panel explained the technical side of community mapping and the need for early warning of flooding, with ignite talks from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and the Red Cross. This opened up to a panel discussion with technical experts from government and academia covering the methodologies and usefulness of data from existing community mapping projects opening up to questions. These covered specific concerns such as where the data will go and who will be responsible for quality testing and it’s authoritativeness. will be where the data produced from community mapping will be kept, and we welcome data providers to observe, participate and test the data.

Panel: Engaging Communities
Primer: Engaging Communities
Primer: Engaging on Community-Led Disaster Preparedness and Response

Dr. Tim Ndezi, Director, Centre for Community Initiatives
Teemu Seppälä, Innovation Advisor, TanzICT
Angela Ambroz, Development Data Scientist, Twaweza
Brian Paul, Hub Manager, Buni Innovation Hub
David Mlimilwa, Programme Delegate – Kenya, Danish Red Cross
Renatus Mkaruka, Disaster Response Manager – Tanzanian Red Cross
The final panel discussed the need for community engagement, at a local and global level, with the examples of local community mapping project from Tandale and how engagement has continued and the global mapping project “Missing Maps” where volunteers help map countries during flooding events. These two types of engagement require a holistic approach to increase access and participation in to community driven data from town planners to academia. Consequently, the Buni Innovation Hub is supporting this project, enabling and facilitating conversations on data within the wider technology community here in Dar es Salaam and across the world. Moderator