The Ramani Huria project trains community members and students, equipping them with all the skills they need to create and contribute to maps of Dar es Salaam, resulting in highly accurate and sophisticated maps, made with local knowledge.

Anyone can edit maps on OpenStreetMap and the following links give a good basic introduction to get you started.

Maptime has a great list of additional resources to take you mapping skills to the next level!

Ramani Huria regularly issues reports on project status and progress. Currently available:

The features surveyed by Ramani Huria are collected according to the data model. This describes which features are surveyed, and which attributes are collected for those features. It is available on Github (together with a lot of other resources for Ramani Huria!).

Below are some of the training materials we have used through the project, they include training on OSM, JOSM, QGIS, and InaSAFE. You can also find our training material on our GitHub page.

Scale up training

Following the Scale Up Workshop that took place at Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam, on Monday 6th of July Ramani Huria conducted training of 140 university students from the University of Dar es Salaam and Ardhi University. These students would then be involved in mapping wards across Dar es Salaam.

Day 1, 8th July 2015
Day 2, 9th July 2015
Day 3, 10th July 2015

Ramani Huria has provided training on InaSAFE, software that produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness, and response activities. It provides a simple but rigorous way to combine data from scientists, local governments and communities to provide insights into the likely impacts of future disaster events.

The Ramani Huria Closing Workshop provided an opportunity to showcase the project’s outputs, reflect on methods used, and elicit opinion on its future – and on the future of mapping for development in Tanzania. The two days were spent engaging community mappers, government officials, and experts from the field in fruitful discussion on the progress and potential of community mapping methods in Dar es Salaam. The powerpoint presentations from the keynotes, panels, and lightning talks are available here for your reference.

Panel 1: Flooding in Dar es Salaam
Panel 2: Learning from Ramani Huria
Panel 3: Maps in an Urban Environment
Lightning Talks: Methods & Processes
Lightning Talks: New Technologies
Forecast-based Financing:
Panel 4: Scaling Ramani Huria