Ordnance Survey International (OSI) is working with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and the World Bank to build the geospatial capacity of Tanzania. You can find out more about it in our recent news release.
We recently held two high-level geospatial policy seminars to explore the benefits and nature of national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) policies. These seminars brought together senior delegates from across government departments in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar to consider the particular cross-government challenges facing them. Disaster response, revenue generation and environmental management are three examples that would benefit from cross-cutting geospatial policies. In both seminars, principles to underpin policies were determined and agreed by delegates. Most importantly all attendees want NSDI policies and intend to work together to help write them.
Training in Zanzibar
Last week OSI was in Zanzibar training government geospatial staff, working out of the Zanzibar Revenue Board offices. This week they are in Dar es Salaam with 40 participants. The training workshops are both practical and interactive, helping to build capacity and allowing attendees to learn from each other. The OSI team includes Kimberley Worthy, James Darvill, Neil Dewfield, and Bart Chudas.
Training in Zanzibar
Reliable and accessible data is one of the most powerful tools to drive effective decisions, efficiency and accountability. The Government of Tanzania has made considerable progress in increasing quality, accessibility and transparency of information to aid progress in service delivery – particularly in education, health and other priority sectors.
Awarding certificates after training
Edward Anderson, Senior Urban and Disaster Risk Management Specialist for the World Bank, said: “Tanzania has been making significant progress into the use of geospatial data in many areas including improving urban resilience. The Tanzania Urban Resilience Programme (TURP) has identified geospatial data as critical to the urban development of Tanzania, and the Tanzania Open Data Initiative regards geospatial data as a special category. Ordnance Survey will bring its unique blend of national data management, open data and government policy expertise to support Tanzania further to embed this into policies and operations.”
John Kedar, Ordnance Survey’s Director of International Engagement, says: “We are delighted to have been selected to support the Government of Tanzania in realising greater value from its geospatial data resources. We look forward to working with decision makers and practitioners across the Government to support its desire to use further its geospatial resources to help meet challenges as diverse as environmental planning and urban resilience”.
The project will be delivered by Ordnance Survey staff in the UK and Tanzania in collaboration with Government of Tanzania stakeholders, under the Tanzania Open Data Initiative commissioned by World Bank and funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (UK Aid).