Building the Leaders of Tomorrow
Critical Human Resource for Sustainable Development
DCLI projects focus on developing key capabilities in partner-country citizens to collect and analyze data on HIV. Finding solutions to local and national root causes driving the spread of HIV requires these data skills. Without the knowledge to understand them, data and technology resources are unusable—so DCLI focused on getting as many people as possible to the table and casting a wide net for partners.
TANZANIA’S FIRST MASTERS IN DATA SCIENCE
With support from the dLab, the University of Dar es Salaam launched the first masters in data science program in East Africa in September 2018. The inaugural cohort of students—including five PEPFAR scholars—is now completing its practical training at the dLab. PEPFAR scholars are placed with PEPFAR implementation partners as technical experts and data-skills ambassadors.
DATA SCIENTISTS ON THE GROUND
DCLI supports the talent needed for countries to lead their own development. In Côte d’Ivoire, our investment in a data analytics startup is sharpening the skills of a robust team of young Ivorian professionals. The fellows they train will be placed in Ministry of Health and district health offices, clinics, and community organizations to help improve decisions related to HIV/AIDS, health, education, and economic empowerment. The PEPFAR Scholars at the University of Dar es Salaam College of ICT are part of mapping the future of data in Tanzania and are already working with PEPFAR partners on HIV-related capstone projects.
It is a field that I really wanted to work in and had already started self-studying… This is a program that teaches on concepts and skills that are currently relevant and in demand here in Tanzania.