Scale Up Workshop – 6th July, 2015

The Dar Ramani Huria Scale Up Workshop took place at Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam, on Monday 6th of July. Over the next three months, the Ramani Huria project ‘Community Mapping for Flood Resilience’ will be building on previous work and expanding mapping of additional wards across Dar es Salaam. The scale up of will be lead by a group of fifteen students who have been trained by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and previously worked with community members to map Ndugumbi, Tandale, and Mchikichini wards. In the coming weeks the project…Read more

Community Mapping can greatly contribute to the development of Dar es Salaam

Mr. Monday Antony is a 66 year old Tanzanian, living in Mchikichini ward, Ilala District, Dar es Salaam. He participated in “Community Mapping for Flood Resilience”, and talked to Steven Bukulu (mapping supervisor for Ramani Huria) about the flooding in many areas of Dar es Salaam. “The population has decreased in the low altitude areas since the last tragic incident of floods that happened in 2013, which got all houses submerged in water. Due to the loss and damage of property, many of these people shifted to safer areas to improve and build…Read more

3rd Mapping Party, 20th June 2015

At about 10:00 am we had people from different organizations come in at Buni Innovation Hub for the mapping party. We ended up having 30 people for the activities that took place in the party, which in brief introduces interested people to OpenStreetMap, connect with other people who have the love for mapping, share knowledge plus interact with the rest of the OSM communities through our activities. Our main theme this time was training attendees how to use mapping tools: fieldpapers, GPS Units and OSM Tracker for data collection, thereafter digitize the data…Read more

Ramani Huria at State of the Map US 2015

The State of the Map US is an annual conference for all OpenStreetMap users from all over the world. This year's event took place on June 6th – 8th 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters New York with with over 1000 participants. The conference provided Ramani Huria a good opportunity to network with different people and organizations who are involved in work related to ours and who share the same interests. For example we met Courtney Clerk from the American Peace Corps who told us that there are 198 American Peace Corps Volunteers…Read more

Closing Community Forum in Tandale Ward

Mapping activities in Tandale were wrapped up at the Community Forum at the ward Office on May 29th, 2015. In Tandale, five weeks of mapping work have been performed by community members of this ward and Ardhi University students, from April 21st 2015 until May 22nd. The Community forum officially delivered the maps of Tandale. Ward officials were presented with maps of the roads, buildings and drainage network. Two media outlets were present to cover the event, The Guardian News Paper and the television station Channel Ten. Opening remarks were made by one…Read more

Floods hit homes, infrastructure in Jangwani

Last week, the water rose so quickly in Jangwani that residents had little warning before they had to flee their homes. As heavy rains filled the Msimbazi River, which cuts through this low-lying, unplanned settlement in central Dar Es Salaam, water backed up against a recently constructed bridge, breached a makeshift barrier of mud and trash, and poured into the settlement. The Dar Ramani Huria team visited Jangwani today to survey the damage. The neighborhood lies within Magomeni ward, which is one of 17 flood-prone wards of the city that the project is…Read more

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