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Fourth Summit on Community Networks in Africa

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Overview

This year’s Summit on Community Networks will give you the experience of the peri-urban, academic institution and the site visits to the real rural community networks in Central Tanzania.

The University of Dodoma is located in the outskirts of Dodoma about 10 km from the city centre. Dodoma city with a population estimated at 410,000 people sits at the central part of Tanzania about 455 km West of Dar es salaam.

Visa Information

Four types of visas are available for visitors to Tanzania: single entry visa (ordinary visa), multiple entry visa, transit visa and business visa. For the purpose of this summit, the ordinary visa type is advised.

Citizens of several African countries are exempted from visa. Others can collect visa on arrival or apply online. Some countries are placed on the referral visa category.

Attention is drawn that this category would be required to observe the following when applying for the visa:

  • Covering letter from a legally registered Institution/Company if the visit is official or covering letter from an individual who knows the applicant if the trip is personal, the letter must detail the purpose of visit and duration of stay of the prospective visitor;
  • Applicant valid copy of passport;
  • Applicant passport size photo;
  • Copy of the host institution/company registration documents, like Certificate of Incorporation, TIN, Business License, etc;
  • Copy of passport and residence permit if the host individual is a foreign national, or copy of passport or national ID if the host is a Tanzanian citizen;
  • Filled-in Security Bond (T.I.F 12)
  • Respective visa fee

More about the types of visa, categories and application process visit the website of the Tanzanian Department of Immigration.

Ports of Entry and Connections

Tanzania has four international ports of entry: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport located in Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro International Airport located near Arusha in the North that serve air travellers; and Namanga and Holili also in the north that serve road travellers, especially through nearby Kenyan border.

From Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, one can connect via air transport (1 – 1.30 hour) or Bus (about 8 hours). Dodoma Airport is transitional, relatively smaller that serves local travellers.

The construction of the new international airport is underway a few kilometres from the current one.

Health Services

On entering Tanzania visitors are required to show the evidence of yellow fever vaccination. Visitors may also be checked for any symptoms of Ebola epidemic especially if arriving from areas with suspected cases. It is highly recommended to have travel insurances.

Accommodation

There are a number of hotel accommodations in downtown Dodoma, about 10 km from the venue. You can peruse some of the available hotels in Dodoma City in this collection. It is also possible to arrange for accommodation in student hostels located about 500m from the venue. For the latter case, one may be required to bring additional bedding materials (bed sheets), towels, and toiletries such as soap, shampoo etc. October/November are the driest months in Dodoma. Reserve water in tanks is available to complement direct tap water at the hostels.

There will be two days stay at Kondoa. It is a small township though with affordable hotel accommodation.

Banking and Currency

A number of local and international banks operate in Tanzania. Majority of major local banks have their branches within 500 m of the venue. These include the National Microfinance Bank (NMB), Cooperative and Rural Development Bank (CRDB) and the Exim Bank (T) Ltd. Banks are normally open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday.

The local currency is Tanzania Shilling (TShs). The exchange rate at the time of preparing this guide was 1 USD = 2270 Tshs. You can access currency exchange services at any bank as well as few bureaus de change shops in town. All banks operate ATMs services 24 hrs. ATMs of the most banks including those listed above can accept VISA and MASTERCARD for withdrawal of local currencies.

Mobile money services are locally available through Mpesa (operated by Vodacom Tanzania), Airtel money (by Airtel Tanzania), Tigo Pesa (by Tigo), Halopesa (by Halotel) and TTCL pesa (by TTCL). Several mobile money vending shops are located in many places as well as in banks.

It is advised that visitors to Tanzania avoid carrying with them a huge amount of cash. Any amount exceeding 10,000 USD is restricted. It is also recommended to shop in local currency while in Tanzania.

Weather

Dodoma occurs within the semi-arid agro-climatic zone with unimodal annual precipitation of 556 mm (21.9 inches) that occur mainly between December and April. October and November are the driest and hottest months in Dodoma. Daytime temperatures may be as high as 30 degrees centigrade with low humidity.

Bring with you light clothes and sunshine shelters especially outdoors if your skin is sensitive to high temperature and low humidity.

Power/Electricity

Tanzania operates on 230 standard voltages (220-240 compatibility) with a standard frequency of 50 Hz. Any appliance of voltage out of this range shall require a voltage converter. The power plugs and sockets are of type D and G. However, type G dominates many places including the conference venue and Kondoa.

Safety and Security

Dodoma City like the rest of Tanzania has been a peaceful place to visit. However, safety and security is everybody’s obligation. Visitors and conference participants are expected to keep safe their belongings both at hostels, hotels, on the streets and at the conference venue.

Site Visit at Kondoa

This will be mostly a set of outdoor activities that include visiting individual community network facilities, experiencing community network uses and sharing the opportunities and constraints.

Tourism Opportunities on Demand

This may be arranged on personal levels outside the summit programme. There a number of tourist attractions reachable from Dodoma. These include Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks (~350 km away to the North), Mikumi National Park (~300 km to the East) and Ruaha National Park (~350 km to the South).

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Time

Monday 28 October 2019 –

Saturday 02 November 2019

Location

Dodoma, Tanzania

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