Recent flooding in Dar shows need for maps

For the past 5 days it has been raining non-stop in Dar es Salaam, causing damaging floods across the city. Schools and hospitals have been closed, roads washed out, and business forced to a standstill, making the city lose billions of shillings. In Jangwani neighborhood, a bridge that connects the city to its outskirts was totally submerged in water, causing the police to close the road for more than 24 hours. In the last week, 3 people were reported dead as a result of their houses being submerged underwater. The floods come every…Read more

The Kick Off Workshop – Community Mapping For Flood Resilience (#DarRamaniHuria)

Dar Ramani Huria is a Swahili phrase that means “The Open Map of Dar es Salaam” and getting more than 100 people from different Government and Non Government Institutions was the perfect opportunity to talk about Community Mapping and how it can be used for Flood Resilience. 26th March, 2015 was the Kick Off Workshop for a string of Mapping activities that will continue throughout the year. The day kicked off at 9.30 with a Video showing the effects of flooding on Dar es Salaam one of the fastest growing cities in Africa…Read more

Community Mapping For Flood Resilience First Mapping Exercise

The official launch introduced a number of leaders and partners to the “Community Mapping For Flood Resilience Project” where people gave their thoughts and views on this disasters and how mapping can be used as a tool to fight it off . A team of 15 students from Arhdi University were carefully selected to be trained in this project in a 2 weeks exercise that will expose them more into the whole project and mapping process. The project is using an open source mapping platform as the base for data collection, digitization, analysis…Read more

Drone Demostration At Ndugumbi Ward

Inclusive Institutions, Walid Malik a Senior Public Sector Management Specialist, Chiara Bronchi a Lead Governance Specialist, Edward Anderson a Senior ICT Policy Specialist and Mark Iliffe a Geo-spatial Innovation Specialist who is the project Coordinator. Mark Iliffe explaining the project concept to the guests CREDIT: Ramani Huria A drone demonstration was made by the Sensefly Team at an open space near the Ward Offices. The Drones’ main purpose it to take clear aerial imagery to be used during the mapping process and additionally become available to any interested bodies for this data.  Read more

Drainage in Tandale

Tandale is an administrative ward in the Kinondoni district of the Dar es Salaam Region of Tanzania. According to the 2002 census, the ward has a total population of 45,058 people. It’s the Second Ward under Community Mapping For Flood Resilience project to be mapped to OpenstreetMap. A lot can be observed from the last time this area was massively mapped on OpenStreetMap by The GroundTruth Initiative led by Mark Iliffe in 2011. Tandale Ward Office CREDIT: Ramani Huria Settlement in Tandale has increased drastically making accessibility to clean water and proper sanitation…Read more

Mapping Party at Buni Hub – May 2015

  In this monthly Mapping Party, we will learn how to edit in OpenStreetMap for Humanitarian Responses to Natural Disasters like Earth Quakes, Floods, Land Slides using the HOT Tasking Manager. OSM Tasking Manager is a mapping tool designed and built for the Humanitarian OSM Team collaborative mapping. The purpose of the tool is to divide up a mapping job into smaller tasks that can be completed rapidly. It shows which areas need to be mapped and which areas need the mapping validated. Learning how to edit in OpenStreetMap will be useful for…Read more

Drone Aerial Imagery Used For Commuity Mapping For Flood Resilience in Ndugumbi Ward

The residents in Dar es Salaam were given a taste of state of the art technology being used in the Dar Ramani Huria project to capture imagery for use in the ongoing Mapping Exercise. Seeing the ebee Drone from Sense Fly in the sky you wont differentiate it from any other birds in the sky, its only if you saw it taking off from the ground that you would believe that they are actually drones. These devices are programmed to fly in a certain direction at a particular height in the sky as…Read more

Community Forum at Tandale Ward – April 2015

On Friday 24th April, 2015 a Community Forum was held at the Tandale Ward Office by Ramani Huria, with a focus Community Mapping for Flood Resilience. Mr. Osiligi the Ward Executive Officer Tandale, in his openning remarks expressed his gratitude to COSTECH, The World Bank and HOTOSM for choosing Tandale as one of the Wards to carry out the mapping activities. He also pointed out the importance of mapping in solving Tandale problems, saying that “Without a Map you cant defeat your enemy”. Tandale needs maps to overcome the challenges its facing like…Read more

Community Mapping For Flood Resilience Kick Off Workshop

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…Read more