Ardhi, World Bank, and DFID collaborate to train next generation of disaster risk managers

DAR ES SALAAM, September 26, 2017 – A newly scaled up 2nd phase of Ramani Huria, the mapping initiative by the World Bank, DfID, and several implementation partners, will engage 300 Urban Planning and Geomatics students from Ardhi University and equip them with skills to create sophisticated and highly accurate maps of localities around Dar es Salaam. The Ramani Huria scale up which was launched today in Dar es Salaam will employ community knowledge, elevation measurements, and drainage modelling to better understand where flooding has happened in the past, where it may happen in the future, and what mitigation actions will be required. Students will receive training and heavily transferable skills in GIS as they work to collect data on Dar es Salaam’s drainage, health care services, toilets, water sources, and various elements of urban infrastructure within 40 city wards. A Memorandum of Understanding signed between the World Bank and Ardhi University at the launch ceremony lays out key areas for collaboration between the two institutions in their shared goal of addressing disaster risk through education. The partnership will prioritize continuous engagement in Ramani Huria, the establishment of a training laboratory for resilience mapping, and the development of a joint curriculum for training and retraining of professionals on resilience mapping as well as online sharing and accessing of data. Once the data from Ramani Huria is collected, all resulting maps will be used by the Government for flood management and general planning, informing improvements to drainage, health care, social service delivery, and other infrastructural development. Ramani Huria by the numbers: 3.25 million citizens to mapped 40 wards to be mapped 305 subwards to be mapped 700+ students to be trained in GIS + mapping 1000+ community members to be trained in risk and resilience Full survey of buildings, roads and drains across Dar es Salaam to be conducted Capacity developed to map other cities as required by other projects in TZ Currently in-training: 195 Undergraduates, 112 Postgraduates Across Urban Planning, Geomatics, Socioeconomics faculties Receive field training in GIS, Surveying and Urban Planning aiming to transform Tanzania into a middle-income country by 2025. Contacts: Loy Nabeta (255) 22 216-3246, Darragh Coward (255) 22 216 3200 For more information, please visit: Follow us on Twitter: Project website: Loy Nabeta Communications Officer, AFREC Africa Communications and Partnerships T +255222163246 F +255222113039 E W A The World Bank, 50 Mirambo Street, P. O. Box 2054, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Image result for twitter symbol outlineFOLLOW World Bank Tanzania @WBTanzania



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