City Partner Lead, Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
I am the Tanzanian Research partner for KNOW, representing the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) Organisation.
KNOW research in Tanzania, aims to explore the dynamics of various actors in the city in addressing land and infrastructure development within informal settlements, leading to the development of the co-production of knowledge between the researchers, partners, NGOs, CBOs and Local Government. The skills developed in this process could lead to the development of viable partnerships between the formal and informal for addressing inequality in cities.
I am a development engineer with a civil and water engineering background. I hold a PhD from Loughborough University UK (2007), which focused on a partnerships approach to improving water and sanitation services within informal settlements. I am experienced at working in a participatory way with poor communities in both rural and urban informal settlements within developing countries.
I am the founding Director of Centre for Community Initiatives, an NGO based in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, supporting the urban poor in development issues. I have over 20 years of experience working on issues of water and sanitation, housing and shelter schemes, climate change, and resilience programs. I have the grounded ability to undertake both academic research and action-research on issues related to poverty affecting rural and urban communities in informal settlements and have implemented various researchers with universities in Tanzania and other International countries.