Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) is a nonprofit organization that strives to improve the wellbeing of Tanzanians in the schools, informal settlements, and wider communities. Based at the University of Cambridge and founded in January 2013, CDI empowers student leaders in the United Kingdom and Tanzania to catalyze change in their societies through innovative community development projects in the areas of WaSH (Water, Health and Sanitation), Education, Health and Entrepreneurship.
In collaboration with KITE Dar es Salaam, our partner organization based in Tanzania, CDI’s executive committees and university students design, implement, and evaluate these projects. Since 2013, CDI has mobilized over 100 student volunteers to launch sustainable, community-oriented solutions to Dar es Salaam’s most significant challenges. The CDI Education project improves Tanzania’s education system by empowering students to become agents of positive change in their communities. In addition to KompyutHer, the Education project implements the Career Network Support and Think Big Challenge programs, which develop students’ professional capacity and enable them to create solutions to academic challenges. Having engaged over 1,000 students in 9 different schools, the Education project enhances participants’ current learning outcomes while promoting future professional success.
KITE Dar es Salaam (DSM) is a youth-led, non-government organisation of student volunteers from Ardhi University and University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. KITE DSM works in partnership with CDI as its counterpart in Tanzania, aiming to identify tangible ways in which students can make a difference in the world. Its mission is to change the way students' volunteering is done by involving the students in solving various problems in their communities. By partnering with local initiatives and organizations as well as searching for support and advice from the local government, our impact is sustainable and successful. We believe that by creating international collaborations and by empowering change makers, students can be a catalyst for sustainable development.
We work in partnership with Bridge for Change (BFC), a non-governmental organisation led by Tanzanian youth. Its mission is to empower youth to be positive change-makers by shaping, inspiring and mentoring them to take ownership of their careers. BFC brings together young people with different interests and focus to build their experience, knowledge and skills through collaborative learning.
In 2015, the UN adopted a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all” - UNDP,March 2017. The SDGs help to strengthen and focus our overall objectives.