Neighbourhood Data Collection Workshop

Santa Fe ConferenceIn November, Development Workshop participated in “Acting Locally, Understanding Globally – Workshop on Building an International Community of Practice for Neighbourhood Data Collection” at the Sante Fe Institute in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

We were very pleased to two of our projects: Voices of Citizens for Urban Change (supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Cities Alliance) and the GSMA Mobil Water Monitoring project.

A key finding we shared from DW’s programs: enabling local municipalities to co-own data from the beginning supports a sense of common ground in the defence of community interests in improving access to basic services, tenure rights and participative planning. Find out more here.

Mapping the latest polio vaccination campaign

In Luanda’s ‘500 Houses’ bairro (residential zone), Henriques Ribeiro carries out GPS mapping in order to determine the penetration of the December 2012 nationwide polio vaccine campaign.

Polio remains endemic in three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan — and has re-established transmission in three countries which were previously polio-free: Angola, Chad and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On 7 July 2012, Angola passed a milestone: a year had passed without a single case of polio. Its last case was July 7 2011, in Uige province. There were five cases of polio in 2011.

Several times a year across Angola there are vaccination campaigns to vaccinate children under 5 against polio. Work needs to be done to make sure that vaccination teams reach all the children so that Angola will remain polio-free.

UNICEF, WHO, USAID, Gates Foundation are working with the International Committee of the Red Cross and local NGOs including Development Workshop to build support for these polio vaccine programmes with financial contributions from the Angolan Government.

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Flood research in Cacuaco, Cazenga and Sambizanga

Flooded courtyard.

Flooded courtyard.

Hello people of Angola English. I’m Massomba Dominique and I work on GIS (Geographic Information System) projects at DW. This work includes storing and manipulating data that I collect in the field in order to prepare maps. I also give training on the basics of programs like ArcMap and GPS to various institutions and interns and make geo-reference maps.



I’m here to talk about my work at DW, specifically about a project that I coordinated in 2006 in collaboration with the authorities of the municipalities of Cacuaco, Cazenga and Sambizanga in Luanda.

Inside a flooded home.

Inside a flooded home.

Our earlier research had some difficulties, because people did not want to cooperate due to the state of their flooded homes. But we were able to carry out the project when we tried again with help from the administration staff, by persistence and by giving residents a detailed explanation of the work we could accomplish (we had many hours of discussion with families).

In front of flooded home.

Working with a family effected by the flooding.

During the project I helped some families with the arrangement of their furniture because of the flooding. The other help I gave was having conversations with families. I told them how to be more careful when choosing the location of the construction of their house, because of flooding and landslides.

For my part I would say that project ended well because I managed to collect data and in some neighborhoods the residents followed the advice. We were also campaigning for redevelopment of their neighborhoods. In some neighborhoods made many friendships with people who liked the work.


A Geographic Information Systems expert

Cazenga district (Cazenga bairro)

Cazenga district (Cazenga bairro).

I started working at Development Workshop (DW) in November 2011, in the area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

As a GIS expert, I collect field data with my GPS device, then I upload the data into Excel and create databases of geographical points.

I make thematic maps and update geographic boundaries of a certain area in the database. I survey the level of infrastructure in Luanda and other cities and represent the infrastructure on a map.

I also give GIS training to partners who collaborate with DW.

-Henriques Ribeiro

I’m Massomba…

Massomba at a meeting.

Massomba (standing) at a meeting in the municipality of Quissama.

I’m Massomba Dominique. I’m thirty-five years old. I live in Coqueiros, the most famous building in city of Luanda. I’m single and I don’t have children. I have two brothers and two sisters.

I have worked at DW for six years in the Geography Information Systems (GIS) unit within the strategy and research department. I like my job. Even though it’s not the area that I graduated from, it’s an area that I now love. Through my job i know many institutions, people and places.

I enjoy walking, visiting my families, friends and see new places, i love listerning to gospel music and watchimg television. My favourite television programs are news, movies, series and sport. I also like to meet people and new places.


Massomba in front of the Kalandula Falls, Angola.