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Ordnance Survey teams up with World Bank and Tanzania for promotion of improved geospatial capacity

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UK: World Bank has appointed Ordnance Survey International (OSI) to provide assistance in building geospatial data expertise in Tanzania.

OSI will do this through capacity building in data collection, data management and data application skills as well as providing knowledge about geospatial principles and standards. It will run practical training workshops in both Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Reliable and accessible data is one of the most effective tools to drive effective decisions, efficiency and accountability. The Government of Tanzania (GoT) has made significant progress in increasing quality, accessibility and transparency of information to aid progress in service delivery, particularly in education, healthcare and other key priority sectors.

Upon the request of the Tanzanian government, the World Bank has initiated a project that — as well as providing practical capacity building — will support the GoT by reviewing its existing policies and making recommendations to help build greater benefit from existing geospatial capacity. Ordnance Survey International, the international arm of Great Britain’s national mapping agency, has been appointed to deliver this project.

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”.