Stakeholders workshop fine-tunes Dodoma Green City projects proposal

THE Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the office of Dodoma Regional Commissioner (RC) is implementing two robust projects for making the capital city green.

The projects are part of the 20-year Master Plan (Dodoma National Capital City Master Plan 2019- 2039) that highlights 13 key areas that were identified by a team of experts who suggested that to begin with, the project kicks off with two crucial sub-projects.

They include the Ilazo-Swasa Storm Water Pond and the CBE-Kilimo Kwanza Water Drainage.

On Monday, the Dodoma-based IRDP which is the centre of excellence for both academics and professional work in rural development planning, convened leaders from Dodoma’s local government authorities to deliberate on the draft proposal of the project.

They aimed at getting a glimpse of how the project will be implemented, as well as airing their views and recommendations on how best the two projects could be well implemented to meet the desired targets.

The event was also attended by a representative from UNDP Mr Amon Manyama. Others were IRDP Rector Professor Hozen Mayaya, Coordinator of the Green City Project Dr Bonamax Mbasa and Assistant Regional Administrative Secretary responsible for economy and production in Dodoma region Ms Aziza Mumba, among others.

Speaking at the workshop, Prof Mayaya said that the two projects come as yet another milestone in making the capital city green. His sentiments were echoed by Mr Manyama from UNDP who said that upon completion of the two projects, Dodoma City will completely look different.

Ms Mumba from the RC’s office said that the government was putting up every initiative to ensure that the country’s capital was looking superb.

Dr Mbasa said that after preparing the draft proposal of the project, a team of experts from IRDP was now going to prepare the business plan for the proposed projects.

“We have enough experts in all sectors, be it environment, investment and project planning, among others and we have been closely partnering with different stakeholders, including UNDP and UN-Habitat,” he noted.

Local government authority leaders who attended the workshop paid tribute to the leaders for coming up with the projects, saying the same will decorate the capital city upon completion.

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