Can you help girls in Tanzania escape Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) without ever leaving the comfort of your home? Well, there’s a project that some friends of mine are supporting that claims to do exactly that.
If you’re in London next Monday (January 16), there will be a seminar at 5pm at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where this and two related mapping projects in Tanzania will be the topic. But whether or not you can make it to the seminar, the beauty of this project is that you can contribute from almost anywhere. Continue reading →
The Gates Foundation has produced a set of interactive maps showing access to financial services in several countries, including Tanzania. It uses data from 2012, which in the fast moving world of mobile money services means it is probably already out of date, but I felt it is worth sharing.
I can’t easily embed the interactive maps here, so instead I’ve posted three tasters that show the kind of information the maps can present. If you want the full interactive experience, which I recommend, then head over to this site and select Tanzania from the menu bar at the top.
First, showing the distance to the nearest mobile money agent:
How far to the nearest mobile money agent? Source: http://www.fspmaps.com/
My old colleagues at WaterAid have put together this interesting map of water and sanitation access across Africa. It shows trends in access to clean and safe water and improved sanitation by country.
Slide the year slider across below the map to see how access has changed since 1990. Or click on a country to see a simple chart showing progress since 1990, and what is needed to achieve universal access by 2030.
Click on Tanzania in particular, to see line on the chart going downwards – access to clean and safe water in Tanzania has declined since 1990.
Let’s start with the good news. If you are a final year (St 7) Primary School student in Bukoba Urban, with parents who completed secondary education and who are not very poor, you went to pre-school and your family speaks Swahili at home, then you have a 95% chance of being able to completed Standard 2 level tests in Numeracy, Swahili and English.
And the bad news: If you are a St 7 student in Kibondo District, with parents who didn’t themselves attend school and are poor, the chance of you being able to complete the same tests is only 9%. Continue reading →
A lot of people have been pushing recently at the link between mapping and accountability. Whether it’s detailed local maps of reported crime in the UK or East Africa’s own Ushahidi platform, the internet and mobile phones are enabling new map-based ways of collecting, visualising and sharing information that can potentially be used to hold decision makers to account.
The most recent example comes from the World Bank. They recently published their Mapping for Results site, which presents (on a map, of course) details of 1250 current World Bank-financed projects in over 16,000 locations in 79 countries. Each location has a marker that can be clicked to reveal more details of the project and its location. Continue reading →