This website is a result of an initiative of some university students, from some universities in Italy,
who wanted to put together their experiences
and make a start of what they are going to do in their careers, eventually.
The idea came out bearing in mind the need to...
"...How there is a better way for Africa" [Dambisa Moyo].
Aid model from the West has proved unfruitful over the past 50 years of aid flows to Africa.
Now there is tremendous need for a new way for development in Africa. Kigoma, therefore, wants
to follow a new path: working with local potentials through cooperation programs.
If you have any related initiative, you can contact us and we'll publish your initiave on this website.
A brief look on Kigoma
A town on the shores of Lake Tanganyika! This sounds emblematic and wants to show how important is Kigoma to the regions around the lake, and that's why "on the shores!"
Kigoma is a town and lake port in western Tanzania, on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika and close to the
border with Burundi, DRC and Zambia. It serves as the capital for the surrounding Kigoma Region.
The historic trading town of Ujiji is just 6 km south-east of Kigoma, where a famous "Dr. Livingstone, I presume" was pronounced by Stanely in 1870's.
Kigoma is one of the busiest ports on Lake Tanganyika, as a consequence of being the only one as of 2007
with a functioning railway connection since the one at Kalemie in DR Congo is not operational. Furthermore
it is a direct link to the seaport at Dar-es-Salaam. Kigoma Port in Kigoma Bay has a wharf of two hundred metres and
several cranes and is equipped to handle shipping containers. In May 2007 the Tanzanian Government announced a plan to create an economic
zone at the port to stimulate trade.
Lake ferries including the MV Liemba sail from Kigoma to Bujumbura in Burundi, Kalundu-Uvira in DR Congo, Mpulungu in Zambia
at the southern tip of the lake, and a number of other lakeside towns in Tanzania.
The Tanzania Railways Corporation line runs from Kigoma to the port of Dar-es-Salaam on the Indian Ocean coast via Tabora
and Dodoma. In Tabora, there is a connection to Mwanza on Lake Victoria, where a ferry connects to Uganda and Kenya.
Generally, Kigoma is a strategic point which acts as a gateway to the Heart of Africa!