Rainy season has started and the streets flood with every rain.

Luckily, for work, we haven’t had to move that much outside, and have been focusing mostly on high level meetings with other UN agencies. We (UNICEF) are in the midst of planning for a “One UN” project called UNDAP (UN Development Assistance Plan).  Without boring you with the details, it is where all the UN agencies are beginning to make one big country plan together where there is a division of labour of activities in key sectors. This differs from before, as every single agency would submit their own plans to the government and each agency did not communicate to each other what these plans and activities were. To just give you an idea of what this means, for example, UNICEF submits over 30-35 work plans that need to be signed by the government (and were originally planned with the government), times that by the 19 other UN agencies in Tanzania, and that means there are over 300 work plans that the government has to sign from just the UN.  I am sure it is not that many, but if you think about all the activities, costs, plans, time that is overlapping, this new plan could potentially be more efficient and save a lot of time and money. Believe it or not, Tanzania is one of the first countries in the world to pilot this project.

Now, that was an extreme over simplification of what is happening, but it gives you the main idea.  For more information, look here and here.

Although this is incredibly interesting process, this also means now a lot of meetings which can really be daunting.  It is hard to find time in the day to even write emails.

As for my personal life, I was also able to travel to Moshi again for Easter. It was an amazing experience as I was able to live with Selina and her family for almost a week.  I can’t even begin to tell you about the experience, as it would flood into pages and pages…  but, I can provide a few pictures and captions: