Government of Tanzania and World Bank | Tanzania
DG, in partnership with DataVision International, developed three sector-specific open data dashboards for the Government of Tanzania, in support of the Tanzania Open Data Initiative. These dashboards include data from the health, education, and water sectors. They collect, synthesize, and visualize data to help users (including the government itself) analyze and surface narratives; support decision-making and reporting; and provide feedback for improving the quality of data through interactive mechanisms.
Education Dashboard; see elimu.takwimu.org
Partner: DataVision International
Tanzania | Water Point Mapping System
Access to safe water is essential to our health and wellbeing. As an international community, we recognize this as demonstrated by our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 6, “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” At the national level, universal access to safe water is a core indicator in Tanzania Vision 2025.
However, realizing our goal is not a straightforward matter. In Tanzania, where 65% of citizens live in rural areas, nearly half of rural water sources (“water points”) are not functional, and an estimated 20% of them fail within one year of construction. This means that areas most difficult to reach – and most vulnerable to water stress – are also most in need of greater maintenance and repair resources. Further, water stress has a disproportionately negative effect on women and girls’ educational and economic opportunities.
The Water Point Mapping System (WPMS) – spearheaded by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation – is one method of approaching these challenges.
It approaches challenges of water stress, dysfunctional water points, and maintenance needs. It was designed to provide accurate, up-to-date information on water points in mainland Tanzania. More specifically, its objective is to increase the accessibility of data related to public rural water point locations and coverage; provide an evidence base for resource allocation decisions; and ultimately improve health service delivery outcomes.
Health Facility Distance to Water Point
It also includes a smartphone application working in IOS and Android, allowing users to create new water points, pick water points from a list or select them from a map. The app also works offline, and data is synchronized against the server when the user has internet connection. This allows engineers to enter new or update existing water point information on their mobile devices, while in the field.