By Hawa Adinani

“Technology is all about trial & error, youth need more room for that. A place where they can confidently fall and get up. That’s the only way we can move forward”, Joan Mohamed, OSF Fellow.

Just recently, OMDTZ announced a two-year fellowship program that focuses on exposing youth in Africa, especially in East Africa, to emerging technologies to create more experts from Africa. The fellowship is expected to directly benefit 40 youth from Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The process of identifying potential fellows is not an easy one. It needs thorough assessment…


By Hawa Adinani

Seven communities in Tanzania have been selected to receive OMDTZ Community Impact Microgrant. The communities that are awarded the microgrants include Suza Youthmappers, Smcose Youth Mappers, Agri Thamani Foundation, Lake Victoria Shore Environmental HIV/AIDS Project Tanzania (LAVISEHA), Red Cross Society Katavi, IRDP YouthMappers Dodoma and Hope For Girls And Women Tanzania. Congratulations to these communities!

OpenMap Development Tanzania, supported by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team awarded microgrants to seven OSM communities in Tanzania from seven different regions — Kagera, Dodoma, Mara, Katavi, Mwanza, Morogoro, and Zanzibar. The grants provided will support these communities to leverage the use of OSM and mapping to help solve different community challenges. The grants provided will be used to facilitate training/workshop, purchase tools and equipment, support staff and other logistics needed.

The communities selected will implement their project in a duration of 3 to 6 months. The projects supported include Schools mapping to improve the education system in…


By Hawa Adinani

Efforts to fill the data gap existing in disaster management in Tanzania escalated in 2015 when the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the World Bank partnered with the government of Tanzania to increase resilience to climate and disaster risk through the Tanzania Urban Resilience Program (TURP). This program is guided by three pillars (Risk Identification, Risk Reduction, and Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management). To identify urban risks, the Ramani Huria project — a community mapping project for flood resilience in Dar es Salaam — identified areas at risk of flooding in Dar es…


By Hawa Adinani

Digna Mushi and Bornlove Ntikha at the African Drone Forum, 2020: Sala Lewis

OpenMap Development Tanzania (OMDTZ) has been awarded a two-year grant by Fondation Botnar to support youth by giving them the power and responsibility to gain technical and social skills to leverage the full potential of frontier technologies. The program — Open Skies Fellows: African Tech for African Data — is implemented through a strong partnership with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Uhurulabs. The partners will work together to bridge this skills gap between youth and the promise of new technologies, with the conviction that all they need are resources, time to develop, and mentorship.

African youth…


By Hawa Adinani

Muda wa kutuma maombi umeongezwa hadi tarehe 31, Mei 2021

Ukihitaji kuwasilisha maombi kwa lugha ya kiingereza bofya hapa

Shirika la OpenMap Development Tanzania kwa kushirikiana na Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) kupitia mradi wa ‘Audacious Project’ wanakusudia kusaidia jamii za OpenStreetMap (ramani ya mtandaoni ya wazi kabisa ambayo kila mmoja anaweza kuongeza na kurekebisha taarifa zilizopo) kupitia ufadhili mdogo wa miradi utakaotolewa na OMDTZ. Huu ni mpango wa msaada kwa jamii za wenyeji nchini Tanzania (bara na visiwani) kuweza kutumia data za OSM na zana nyinginezo kusaidia kutatua changamoto mbalimbali kwenye jamii zao kupitia data. …


By Hawa Adinani

Applications extended until 31st May 2021

Click here If you would like to submit your application in Swahili

OpenMap Development Tanzania (OMDTZ) with support from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) through the Audacious Project is aiming to support OpenStreetMap (OSM) communities across Tanzania through the OMDTZ Community Impact Microgrants. This is a support program for local communities in Tanzania to leverage from OSM data, tools, and communities to help solve local challenges. …


By Hawa Adinani

Photo: Primoz Kovacic, Spatial Collective

Community generated data has proven to be the most reliable information that reflects the community’s situation and the challenges they face. Working with community members to collect data in their own neighborhood increases data reliability, validity and its ultimate use as the community believes in the data and has a sense of ownership.

Spatial Collective, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, and OpenMap Development Tanzania spent the last five months expanding its community mapping initiatives to Mwanza City. Working with 79 students from the Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) and St. Augustine University of Tanzania we were able to…


By Hawa Adinani

Flooding in Dar es Salaam, October 2020. Photo by OMDTZ

In order to respond to flood events, flood mapping and damage assessment help to understand the extent of flooding at a larger scale. It is a basis for having a bigger geospatial analysis of flood damage. This blog explains an approach of flood response by community mapping methods and rapid assessment to determine the extent and damage of flooding.

In response to the heavy rainfalls that occurred on October 13th, 2020, that resulted in heavy flooding and enormous effects including 12 deaths, loss of properties, destruction of infrastructure, dozens of road blockages disrupting transportation in the city…


By Hawa Adinani

The story of OMDTZ begins with students — the organization was founded by university graduates from Ardhi and the University of Dar es Salaam class of 2015 through 2017. Since its establishment, OMDTZ has been working closely with student volunteers to impart open digital geospatial knowledge on how spatial data can solve different challenges in the community.

Through working with student mappers and volunteers, we have been able to implement a number of projects and give opportunities for mappers to grow professionally beyond sitting at their desks digitizing buildings and roads. …


By Hawa Adinani

Photo: Chris Morgan, World Bank

Training and working with university students has been a core part of the Ramani Huria project since it started in 2015. Since then, we have trained over 1,000 university students in industrial placements, equipping them with the valuable open geospatial skills they can use in their careers. While training students, we have also been able to collect a variety of datasets to support urban resilience programs, particularly flood preparedness in Dar es Salaam.

Over these past five years, we have improved our skills-sharing with students. This not only enables reliable and cost-effective data acquisition thanks to their…

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