At the beginning of 2018, a few of the CDI Executive Committee headed out to Dar es Salaam for the annual winter trip. The Deputy Director, Billy, the four Project Directors and I travelled out to Tanzania in early January to make a start on the preparations for the annual summer trip. The time was filled with a mix of internal and external meetings along with some down time to relax and socialise with our Tanzanian team.
David and I met with a variety of external stakeholders including government officials, and major partners. A large amount of time was also dedicated to working with David and Glory and the UK and Tanzanian project directors to affirm our overall goals for the year and project strategy for the summer. We were also able to meet the newly recruited Kite Dar es Salaam volunteers and introduce CDI, generating excitement ahead of the summer. The trip has proved invaluable for the Project Directors, Billy and me. It gave those who hadn’t yet been to Tanzania on the ground experience, enabled preparations to begin for the summer and allowed us to work directly with our Tanzanian team, building personal and professional relationships.
Since getting back to Cambridge, it has been straight back to business. CDI had it’s first board meeting of 2018 at the end of January and volunteer interviews have been happening throughout January and into early February. We have now recruited our full UK team of volunteers and are currently finalising our research team. We have just had our first CDI wide training session which provided an overview of the organisation as well as logistical information and expectations. The evening ended at Pembroke bar with a social to get to know our team. We have 3 more CDI wide training sessions coming up which will focus on working abroad, design thinking, monitoring & evaluation and research. This training series should help to prepare our volunteers effectively for the summer trip to Dar es Salaam.
Continued collaborations with Bridge For Change and in the process of signing an MOU with Restless Development. Two cycles of the Careers Network Support (CNS) will be held in February and over the summer. These will be run mostly by Bridge For Change and support from Kite and CDI. Continuing to develop Kompyut Her into a full-scale programme and setting up new initiatives; Careers Hub and Reading Spots.
Publicity in January for CDI and Kite at UDSM’s Entrepreneurship Event. DarEnterprisers businesses won the top 3 prizes in the competition. Check in meetings held with DOT partners, AIESEC and UDIEC. New project research and development is underway. Idea is to pilot a speakers series on business and entrepreneurship-related topics.
Health plans to run two project streams in the summer: women’s workshops and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) workshops. The team plans to train nurses to deliver workshops on maternal health and family planning and set up partnerships with local radio for the NCDs workshop. They have obtained permission from the Vingunguti government, reached a partnership agreement with E-fm presenter and carried out community surveys on desired content.
On the January trip CDI and Kite directors held consultations with the Vingunguti community, especially the technicians and SUA chairpersons. They met with partners to discuss expansion and collaboration plans with DAWASA, Bridge For Change and Scan Tanzania Ltd. They plan to install a new biodigestor on the site and expand the sewage network.