dar ramani
huria workshop


November 7th and 8th will mark the beginning of a new era for Dar Ramani Huria – a community mapping project that launched last year with a focus on improving Dar es Salaam’s flood resilience. 

As articulated by Osiligi Lossai, Ward Officer of the largely unplanned settlement of Tandale, “Now we have a map and a map is something to start with. It is a roadmap for us to set up new plans, to organize ourselves while involving the community - and the community can have a sense of ownership over our new plan for development. Let’s not end here, because this is just the beginning.” Acting upon this advice, Dar Ramani Huria will be scaling up and expanding its horizons. 

This workshop will address what happened, what we have learned, and where we are headed.


Dar Ramani Huria (Swahili for Dar Open Map) is a community-based mapping project that began in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, training university students and local community members to create highly accurate maps of the most flood-prone areas of the city. As the maps took shape - their benefits multiplied and their potential magnified, now ready to serve as foundational tools for development within all socio-economic spheres.

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Mapping for
Flood Resilience.

Every year during the rainy season, Dar suffers from devastating floods that wipe out roads, take out houses, and result in many deaths and millions of dollars worth of damages. The damage these floods cause could be prevented with adequate planning, but much of the city is made up of unplanned and informal settlements.
This is where Dar Ramani Huria comes in. By helping communities to map residential areas, roads, streams, floodplains, and other relevant features, the project will bring disaster prevention and response to areas that were previously off the map, literally. The project will also bring awareness of the need for flood prevention and risk reduction to the local level, while teaching participants valuable computer and mapping skills that they can put to use elsewhere.
In the words of one ward official - “Now we have a map and a map is something to start with. We can identify different areas to restructure and improve. It is a roadmap for us to set up new plans, to organize ourselves while involving the community.”

Watch ramani huria in action


Innocent Maholi

Mapping Supervisor, Tanzania Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team


Julie Arrighi

Resilience Advisor for American Red Cross in Africa


Nyambiri Kimacha

Project Manager, Tanzania Red Cross Society Zuia Mafuriko


Juliana Letara

Head of Urban Planning Department for Kinondoni Municipal Council


Osiligi Lossai

Ward Executive Officer, Kigogo Ward Dar es Salaam


Charles Msangi

Disaster Focal Point, Disaster Management Department


Denise McKenzie

Executive Director Communications and Outreach for the Open Geospatial Consortium


Elizabeth Mrema

Senior Mapping Officer, Tanzanian Ministry of Lands


Edward Anderson

Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank


Brigadier General Mbazi Msuya

Director of Disaster Management Department Tanzania


Freddie Mbuya

Consultant, World Bank & Uhuru Labs


Devotha Laurent

Consultant for World Bank - Tanzania Open Data Initiative (TODI)


Primoz Kovacic

Co-Founder & Director of Operations, Spatial Collective


Professor Joseph Mayunga

Professor of Disaster Risk Management, Ardhi University


Rhinnan Price

Senior Manager, Global Development Program, Digital Globe


Dr. Mohammed Juma

Director of Urban Planning, Zanzibar Commission for Lands


Steve Mather

GIS Manager, Cleveland Metroparks


Meenal Pore

Research Lead, IBM Africa


David Rovira



Eduardo Neerhut

Community Manager and Technical Lead, Mapillary


Dr Flora Tibazarwa

Director of Knowledge, Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH)


Hessel Winsemius

Senior Risk Modeller, Deltares


Eric Dickson

Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank


Mussa Natty

Senior Advisor, Dar es Salaam Regional Commission


Kenneth Field

Senior Cartographic Product Engineer, Esri


Michael Gould

Education Manager, Esri


Theresia Mmbando

Regional Administrative Secretary, Dar es Salaam


Gary Gale

Geotechnologist, What3Words


Mohammad Zahran

Manager, Zanzibar Land Data Processing Centre, Commission for Lands, Zanzibar



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