development in dar es salaam
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DESCRIPTIONDevelopment in Dar es Salaam. Eleanor Meegoda Princeton 2012. Funding for Two Projects. Thank you to Grand Challenges for providing me a stipend to intern at CCI Tanzania and to intern for a professor at the University of Dar es Salaam on Tanzania’s transition from Socialism to Capitalism. . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Development in Dar es SalaamEleanor MeegodaPrinceton 2012
Funding for Two ProjectsThank you to Grand Challenges for providing me a stipend to intern at CCI Tanzania and to intern for a professor at the University of Dar es Salaam on Tanzanias transition from Socialism to Capitalism.
Research: From Socialism to CapitalismDuring the months of July and August, I was supposed to conduct research with the guidance of a University of Dar es Salaam Professor. While the actual research did not pan out, I learned informally about issues facing academic research in Tanzanian Universities.
Academic Obstacles2 PhD graduates last year from U. of DSMThe University gives PhD graduates, those with the most knowledge and desire for research, administrative work. Research in Dar es Salaam requires government approval, i.e. lots of red tape.
From Socialism to CapitalismFrom the few meetings and attempts at research, I learnedTanzanian or Nyereres Socialism is different from the Marxist or even South African socialism.Development is often juxtaposed as capitalism against socialism, where we might see it more specifically as globalization vs. domestic status quo/government policy. Christian Extremism has increased in Dar es Salaam even next door to me were two churches for which the services included singing, crying, loud preaching, and even tongues. Academics blame the rise of Christian Extremism on funding by Western and (especially) American churches and conservative groups.
CCI TanzaniaCCI Tanzania (Center for Community Initiatives) is an NGO (an affiliate of) that works under the model of Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI). SDI affiliates support a network of savings and loan groups, called the Federation, by helping to form savings and loans group, training financial knowledge, and helping the group members coordinate different types of development such as: settlement development, toilets, water sanitation, community policing, and income generation.
Let Me Count the WaysDuring my 3 months working with CCI:I conducted interviews to evaluate the improvements in and identify new strategies to improve the developmental and financial activities of a ward level Savings and Loans GroupParticipated in Climate Change Adaptation researchHelped with the first ever compilation of census data collection from all of the Dar es Salaam slumsCreated a Microfinance Lesson Plan for Federation WorkshopsAttended Federation MeetingsAttended Meeting with International NGO fundersMet with Tanzanian City Council and NGO representatives to discuss urban planning for the next 5-10 yearsAttended a Tanzania-Wide Federation conference
Skills DevelopedResearching and writing QuestionnairesConducting Semi-structured InterviewsSwahiliWriting ReportsTaking Dar es Salaam Public TransportGetting used to public latrines. **Identifying the difference between supporting Federation development and developing reliance**
ConclusionGood and Critical Research by Tanzanians in Tanzania is impeded not just by funding or internet and academic resources, but by institutions.CCI viewed professors as a resource to add credibility to the NGO-State research we were doing, rather than substantive supportImportant Development Bodies relied on the research undertaken by Federation Members, which CCI helped to compile.
ConclusionResearch, especially to continually check up on the activities of NGOs and CBOs, is necessary to continue to improve the services received by poor people and to reduce the barriers they face in taking control of their own development. I was ecstatic to be part of the evaluation process and to realize just how easy it was for an NGO to monitor and improve its strategies. I am incredibly appreciative of the opportunity to participate in Development Strategies that are new to Tanzania and see the kind of planning it requires.
Conclusion Thank you to my two superiors, Tim Ndezi and Stella Stephens for the opportunity to work with them. They showed me the kind of commitment it takes to work in the type of NGO Id like to work in. They taught me not only about how to navigate office dynamics, NGO funding and resources, but also about living in Dar es Salaam.