University supports Tanzania Field Centre

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A Field Centre in Tanzania - set up thanks to generous supporters at the University of Sheffield, to fund pioneering international development projects - has opened its doors.

The SIDshare/KEDA Alumni Field Centre, in the village of Njia’panda in the Kilimanjaro Region, is a unique social enterprise designed to create a source of income to support international development programmes in a community which has suffered from high rates of unemployment and poverty. It is working in partnership with grassroots NGO Kilimanjaro Environmental Development Association, which focuses on sustainable environmental and social development.

Planning for the Field Centre started in 2012 with early alumni donations, but it was not until Dr Sporton was introduced to a supporter of the University of Sheffield, and Tanzanian born Murt Merali, that the idea began to develop into a reality. Mr Merali donated £10,500 towards the Field Centre, which also received a small contribution from the University’s Department of Geography, a £10,000 grant from the University’s Alumni Fund and a plot of land donated by KEDA.