By Hawa Adinani and Msilikale Msilanga

Trained students from Sokoine University ready for data collection. Photo; OMDTZ

Since 2017 OMDTZ has been supporting industrial training to university students to gain digital geospatial skills and knowledge, a culture adopted from the Ramani Huria project — a community mapping for flood resilience in Dar es salaam. OMDTZ itself is made by ‘graduates of Ramani Huria project’ who received intensive practical training during the implementation of the project, which resulted in a strong team able to lead national and international projects.

The Tanzania Resilience Academy is a legacy of the Ramani Huria project that aimed at collecting data of the most urbanized city, Dar…


By Hawa Adinani

Photo: Wilfred Chomba

In Dar es Salaam, it is estimated that only 40 percent of waste is collected and disposed of at the official dumpsite of Pugu Kinyamwezi. The remaining waste (over 2,800 tons per day) is burned, buried and thrown into rivers and drains, to the detriment of public health. For example, litter blocks already insufficient drains and waterways, exacerbating the issue of flooding and the prevalence of vector-borne diseases.

Lack of baseline data remains a critical challenge that hinders the development of comprehensive and sustainable solid waste management systems in Tanzanian cities. To solve this, the Tanzania Urban…


By Hawa Adinani

In achieving sustainable development, the UNDP Accelerator lab is using collective intelligence to facilitate learning innovations, knowledge and contributions of people across the globe, to get serious about the move toward real-time data, and to find responsible ways of using artificial intelligence to elevate human intelligence. In achieving this, the lab identified practical ways in which people are using collective intelligence approaches for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

One of the practical ways selected includes Inclusive development and technologies — where crowd mapping, citizen reporting and mobile phone surveys can be used to engage people whose voices…


By Hawa Adinani

OpenMap Development Tanzania (OMDTZ), supported by WFP Tanzania, will conduct a national-wide mills census in the coming four months. The project aims at mapping approximately 13,000 mills and additional mills found in the field by collecting Geographical Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, operation, production capacity, type of mills, commodity milled, flour fortification, and other relevant information. The data will be uploaded to the OpenStreetMap platform — a free editable map of the world where anyone with an account can add and download data.

The milling sector in Tanzania forms a crucial part of food security in Tanzania with…


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, Open Skies 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…


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. …

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