Tanzania Newsletter September 2013

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Background

IDC Ltd is a boutique sustainable development and compliance consultancy. We specialize in socio-economic and baseline research, Impact Assessments (ESHIAs), Policy Development, Due Diligence, Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs), local content and livelihood development. We use a range of culturally appropriate creative solutions to meet the various challenges.
Specialising in Africa but with international coverage, the IDC Ltd modus operandi is designed to be sustainable. We recruit in-country graduates from a range of disciplines and train them to international best practice so they are able to support country and Project long after we have gone.

Snapshot of Quarter 3: IDC’s Work

Political Baseline Research – Nigeria
IDC helped Port Harcourt’s 2015 governorship candidate formulate a Political and ‘Good Governance’ review of the state, based on grass root perceptions of the voting public and political stakeholders. Factors guiding voting behaviour, actual and perceived effectiveness of local service delivery, hopes for a new government, and constraints of public servants were all identified.
1187 residents, Civil Servants, public sector workers and Civil Society Organizations across all 23 Local Government Areas were surveyed. The research team of 11 Nigerian Interns was lead by IDC consultant Bankole Allibay and IDC Office Manager Ritha Mboneko.

472 questions were asked and three hundred thousand data results were collected. Many were qualitative in nature – comments, descriptions and suggestions – allowing IDC the richness of detail needed to generate meaningful insights and inform the political review.

The report IDC produced has been hailed as a ‘masterpiece of research’ and is the most significant piece of baseline data undertaken in Rivers State.

The IDC Approach

1. Community Participation

We firmly believe that engaging with all community members, leaders, elders, youth, women as well as children and the vulnerable is critical to create mitigations that adequately safeguard everyone who will be impacted by a project.

2. No Holds Barred

Baseline studies are the foundation of development work, showing the realities on the ground. We always produce frank, unbiased and revealing reports that inform the client even when the results are not necessarily what they want to hear, but need to for creating meaningful strategies.

3. Broadening Opportunities Through Local Knowledge

Information deficits can restrict rural communities harnessing the multitude of opportunities in areas of health, employment, training, education and business offered by local or national government, international organisations or NGOs. IDC puts local people in touch with local projects.

The IDC Method: Data Capture and Management

1. Best Practice Field Research

Managing the significant volume of field data takes experience, planning and skill. Conducting socio-economic baselines and impact assessments, we work with various communities to help them develop their own plans for what they want to achieve in the future.

For years IDC Ltd have been perfecting the art of efficiently capturing date from the mass of paperwork, photographs and GPS coordinates our teams bring each day. Specially designed databases then allow systematic and cogent analysis to guide mitigation measure formation.

2. Social Baseline Studies Methodologies

IDC uses a range of complimentarily research methods to capture necessary quantitative and qualitative social baseline data. These include:

  • In– depth Surveys
  • Focus Group Discussions
  • Participatory Rural Appraisals
  • Health Access and Vulnerability
  • Assessments
  • Produce Measurement
  • Cultural, Social and Wealth Mapping
  • Field Observations
  • Transect Walks
  • Drama
  • Gender Issue Explorations
  • Triangulation
  • Semi Structured Interviews

 

Case Study – Medical Treatment

Access to preventative medical treatment remains a huge challenge to many rural communities. Hearing that the Dar es Salaam Rotary Club had organised a medical camp, IDC helped three villagers to attend. They were screened for diabetes, hypertension, malaria, and offered specialist consultations.
Bibi Mwanaidi, has been suffering from trachoma since a young girl. Her eyes were already damaged but the operations she received have removed her pain and prevented further loss of sight. IDC would like to thank the Rotary Clubs of Dar es Salaam for making this possible.

Early Measure Updates

Greenfield development projects typically have a delay between developing a Resettlement Plan and its implementation. Livelihood training programmes can effectively begin the process of preparing Project Affected Peoples (PAPs) for future life changes and equip them with skills to capitalise on these changes.
Early Measures are intended to be practical, low cost, effective, wide reaching, gender sensitive, and participatory with little administrative burden. All livelihood course include 1) Skills Training, 2) Added value training (exposure trips and business plans), 3) start up capital and 4) on-going support. Some have now had follow up courses to take them to the next level including tailoring.

Tailoring: Following the basic course of using a sewing machine, the second course has taught measuring, cutting and basic design, starting with school uniforms. The success has enabled participants to pay back the start up loans already.

Carpenters: Several PAPs attended a carpentry course at St Josephs college and will receive their coveted national qualification of competency. The tutor was so impressed that one student is now working full-time in the training college. Another, inspired by his added values training in entrepreneurship, has already attained a contract giving him enough capital to set up his own business.

FURTHER PLANNED INITIATIVES:

  • Business training
  • Masonry
  • Pastoralist  Informal Education
  • Agricultural optimisation

 

IDC Team Profiles

 

 RITHA MBONEKO-Junior consultantRitha

I am 26 and originally from Kagera, Tanzania. I joined IDC in December 2011, after graduating from the University of Dodoma with a degree in Computer Science. After an initial internship, I am one of the Project Managers. Specifically, I am tasked with coordinating specific IDC Projects and coordinating all the back office and field teams delivery.

IDC has trained me on practical management skills, data analysis and team building. I am self-motivated, have good English skills and am getting the reputation of a Microsoft Excel ‘wizard’.

IDC sent me to Rivers State, Nigeria to lead and train the back office team for one of the most extensive socio-economic research studies ever undertaken in a Nigerian state. We collected, input and analyzed over 300,000 individual responses. I was involved with data visualization aspects of the analysis, creating a series of pie charts, bar charts and graphs to succinctly bring meaning to the numerical results. The report we produced has been formally presented to both the Governor of Rivers State and the Nigerian President, Johnathan Goodluck. It has been hailed as a masterpiece of research and, for me, a great milestone in my career. I now am more confident in my own abilities as a person and a leader and motivated to realize my professional potential.

Returning to Tanzania, I have been pivotal in the development of a new database system, designed to capture compensation valuations for over five hundred people, with a wide range of crops and other immoveable assets. Following a demonstration to the Ministry of Lands Valuations Dept., they want to adopt the process to create efficiencies in their own valuations. With the experience I have gained from IDC, combined with my strong work ethos, I have recently been promoted as a Junior Consultant. I believe I am capable of working anywhere, with anyone in the world and achieving positive results.

Later, I joined the Oracle Certified Associate classes I am now a certified member of OCA together with SQL Experts. The OCA Includes running reports from the databases, joining users on the databases, performing security measures on the database, preforming backups of the databases, and performing recovery on the databases

I have been working with Computech-ICS ltd as a Service-Coordinator since May 2015. My main responsibilities being managing the 14 engineers in their daily activities including recording their daily calls inside and outside the office, updating and following up on the customer calls, coordinating with the HP HQ in ordering and claiming of parts, writing quotations, tracking and managing workers databases. Coordinating with the clients and main customers on service and Maintenance provision. Performing some analysis and report writing every end of month.

 

DANIEL RINGO

dan ringo

I am 27 years old, originating from Old Moshi, Kilimanjaro. I started working with IDC in November 2011, initially as an intern tasked with data input for the P&PC and Socio- Economic Baseline studies. As time has gone by, my responsibilities have grown. I am now the Financial Administrative Officer and supervise all RAP spending, salaries, field and Early Measures expenses and a range of other RAP activities.

IDC, to me, has been a school, a wonderful learning center, and more than just a workplace. I have learned a lot, from personal development to financial management, and confidence, research and office management.

I have been inspired to learn the programme Microsoft Access to manage IDC massive databases and PAP compensation schedules. I have acquired enough experience in Office Management through my role as Administrative Manager and Financial Planning & Supervision. As a new graduate from university, the experience has been all encompassing and a great start to my career.

As a member of a very close team of young Tanzanian graduates working on the RAP for the EcoEnergy Project, I really came to understand the meaning of ‘teamwork’. Although I am in the engine room of activities, I do go out to the field occasionally to join the outreach activities with the affected communities. I have learned so much about the local context, customs and languages. Although I am naturally quiet person, the IDC experiences have greatly facilitated my communication skills and understanding of the issues the project and the PAPs face.

As one of the Office Managers working in IT, I have successfully learned Microsoft Access in a very short period and applied it to design a bespoke IDC-GOV Compensation Database that can present data aesthetically in a simple, usable format in a shorter and more accurate manner.