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World Bank, partners launch flood
management initiative for Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM  Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The World Bank and its partners on Tuesday launched a flood management initiative for Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

The newly scaled-up second-phase of the initiative, called Ramani Huria, is a mapping program designed by the World Bank, the United Kingdom government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and several implementation partners.

A statement by the World Bank office said the initiative will engage 300 urban planning and geometric students from Ardhi University, who will be equipped with the skills to create sophisticated and highly accurate maps of localities around Dar es Salaam.


“The Ramani Huria will employ community knowledge, elevation measurements, and drainage modeling to better understand where flood has happened in the past, where it may happen in the future, and what mitigation actions will be required,” said the statement.

The statement said a memorandum of understanding, signed between the World Bank and Ardhi University at the launch ceremony of the initiative, laid out key areas for collaboration in 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,” the statement said.

It added that once the data from Ramani Huria was collected, all resulting maps will be used by the Tanzanian government for flood management and general planning, informing improvements to drainage, health care, social service delivery, and other infrastructural development.



Tanzania to conduct survey to identify household poverty indicators

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) will conduct a countrywide household budget survey in December, aiming at identifying poverty indicators for Tanzania mainland, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The study seeks to understand the real situation of poverty status among households in the country so as to help the government in implementing its development plans, said Albina Chuwa, the NBS director general, at a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Chuwa said the government will fund the project to the tune of 1.3 million U.S. dollars, and 3.2 million dollars will come from the World Bank and other non-banking global institutions.

The World Bank has also donated 500 tablets for collecting data across all mainland regions, Chuwa said.

“The use of tablets instead of papers will reduce the expenses of the survey and save time,” said Chuwa.

“We will no longer need to travel long distances from respective regions in the data collection process as we used to do in the past since data reports will be sent directly from respective areas using tablet devices,” she said.

A full report on the survey will be released in December 2018, Chuwa said.



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