Written by Msilikale Msilanga

Group photo of University students, university staff, and OMDTZ team.

This Month; July 2021, the Resilience Academy is partnering with OMDTZ, The World Bank and other partners to engage university students from UDSM, ARU, SUA and SUZA to participate in the industrial training program. Industrial Training is aimed to equip university students with digital, theory, and practical skills which help students to learn better from what they have learned in class to the practice.

The industrial training program this year takes a total of 125 students from Tanzania University partners: University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Ardhi University (ARU), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), and State…


By Msilikale Msilanga

Skills development

On 8th and 9th June 2021, Resilience Academy in collaboration with GeoICT4e coordinated a training to University experts from UDSM, ARU, SUA, SUZA, MoCU, UTU, NOVIA, and TURKU MK to provide skills on e-learning using digicampus. The training was derived from the experiences that Resilience Academy had in preparing the e-learning materials to develop online skills as part of the broader objective to provide skills to University staff and students.

The training of Digicampus which was conducted online with more than 20 participants focused on developing online training materials to equip experts with skills to…


By Msilikale Msilanga

Skills development

On 13th April 2021, more than 20 experts from four Tanzania universities; 1. Universities of Dar es Salaam, 2. Ardhi University, 3. Sokoine University of Agriculture, and 4. State University of Zanzibar attended training of the trainers for Flood mapping, modeling, and predictions. The training was provided by the Resilience Academy team as part of their training program to provide skills to university experts and university students. This training was aimed to provide skills to University experts especially those that are teaching similar courses. …


A Research and Innovation Story

In the previous blog post, we explored how detailed geometric drainage data can be collected with smartphones using a community mapping approach. The data was collected in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the years 2017–2019. In 2020, the mapping initiative was expanded to Mwanza at the shore of Lake Victoria. In this blog post, we outline how the mapping methodology was improved to allow for even more accurate drainage data, acquired with locally available technologies.

By Iddy Chazua, Elia Dominic, Louise Petersson, Hessel Winsemius

Drainage mapping in Mwanza used the data model adopted from the…


A Research and Innovation Story

To walk with dry feet on the streets is taken for granted in some parts of the world. But did you know that each and every street in a city must be engineered and designed in a way so that it conveys water into the drainage system, or else the street may get flooded when it rains? And did you know that engineering designs of drainage strongly rely on detailed geometric data about the existing drainage system and terrain data? Many countries are lacking the resources to collect this geometric information and to maintain large…


On the 15th December 2020, the Finnish ambassador in Tanzania Mrs. Riitta Swan paid a courtesy visit to Ardhi University where she met Ardhi University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Evaristo Liwa and his assistants.

Ambassador Riitta Swan was accompanied by Prof. Niina Kayko, a Professor of Geospatial Research from the University of Turku, Finland

Prof. Niina is leading a project “ GeoICT4e –Social Innovations in Geo-ICT education at Tanzania HEIs for improved employability” being implemented by a consortium of 8 Universities three from Finland and Five in Tanzania.

The project aimed at capacity building of both academic staff and students at Tanzanian…


By Msilikale Msilanga

Group photos for participants in a data visualization challenge

Every year, Resilience Academy is preparing a data visualization challenge to University students in order to give an opportunity to young university students from four Tanzanian universities (4) to learn geospatial data visualization tools and techniques and in practice while delivering visualization of selected, real-world visualization cases. So it is a geospatial data visualization competition for university students. During the challenge, students work in teams to create visualizations for geospatial data related to different topics under the umbrella of urban resilience.

In 2020 as in last year more than 200 students applied to participate in the challenge…


A Research and Innovation story

In an urban environment with rivers that can burst out of their banks within a blink of an eye, every minute counts. Early warning can make that difference, but in order to issue early warning, forecasting systems, fed by monitoring need to be in place. The most tangible and practical forecast can be provided by a gauge that measures water levels and river flows upstream, several hours travel time distance from the area of interest. But flow observations are difficult to establish and maintain, because equipment is expensive, sensitive to damage during high flows, and…


An impact story

By: OMDTZ team

In collaboration with Deltares and with funding from GIZ, OMDTZ was able to collect accurate and precise river cross-section surveys using an innovative, low-cost technique developed by the Resilience Academy and OMDTZ. This is one of the first services by a local firm in Tanzania based on a new affordable chipset that allows for cm-precise GPS surveying. More services such as much needed cadastral mapping will follow.

A surveyor in the field holding a locally made survey tool in RTK mode

The low-cost technique makes use of a first of its kind affordable GPS chipset, that can provide cm-precise surveys. Professional grade equipment delivering this sort of precision…


A series of blog posts on the impacts of new tools, knowledge and skills to build resilient cities

By the Resilience Academy Team: Alexa Haden (World Bank), Hessel Winsemius (Deltares), Louise Petersson (World Bank), Niina Käyhkö (UTU), Msilikale Msilanga (UTU), Mercy Mbise (UDSM), Zakaria Ngereja (ARU), Ernest Mauya (SUA), Makame Makame (SUZA), Christopher William (UDSM), Larissa Duma (World Bank), Edward Anderson (World Bank)

Image materials are from @fundi_films credits: Chris Morgan / World Bank

Iddy Chazua (Open Map Development Tanzania) demonstrating novel low-cost positioning equipment during the 2020 Industrial Placement for students of Ardhi University and University of Dar es Salaam

The Tanzania Resilience Academy trains young people with tools, knowledge and skills to address the world’s most pressing urban challenges and to discover solutions for resilient…

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Universities in Tanzania working on Climate Risk Data Repository, University Student internships cooperation and develop open-access edu materials and training.

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