Community Mapping and Open Development in Dar Es Salaam

Dar Es Salaam is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, so local authorities with support from the World Bank and Twaweza, a regional NGO, are using information and communication technologies (ICT) to document the Tandale Ward just west of the city’s center. Before the city begins building roads, streetlights, solid waste disposal facilities, and water drainage systems, students from the Ardhi University School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP), Ground Truth (the creators of Map Kiberia), and residents of the Tandale are working to collect and map public data points using free and open source software and technologies such as Open Street Map.

Using these planning and mapping tools, cities in the developing world are moving toward sustainable futures in growth and development. AsĀ  Joshua Goldstein from the World Bank concludes, the progress made in the Tandale Ward show how developing cities “can use low cost technology to create new opportunities for accountability, enable data-driven government policy making and create a more inclusive and open development process.”

What has come out of this project?

Interactive map of Tandale Ward

Ramani Tandale–a website that where community members can report community water, health, education, accessibility, and security concerns


Source: blogs.worldbank.org; photo by Mark Iliffe

Nicola Mammes, VERTICES Research Assistant
Community Mapping Coordinator
Center for Community Mapping

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