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ABOUT HDIF

The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is catalysing the development of new models of service delivery, the use of new technologies, the involvement of new providers and establishment of new partnerships, with a focus on the private sector and public-private partnerships.

 

HDIF’s goal is to improve human development outcomes for people in Tanzania by funding sustainable solutions for improving the quality and impact of basic services in health, education and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

 

Working in collaboration with the Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH) and other local partners, HDIF seeks to accelerate the testing and a scaling of innovation and strengthening of the innovation ecosystem through cross-sector networks, strategic partnerships, awards and events. Our three main components are;

inspire

INSPIRE

Supporting innovation ecosystem enablers such as hubs to create an enabling environment for any innovation to thrive.

Catalyze

CATALYSING

Funding new ideas in human development from pilot and scale up, connecting innovators to other financial sources and supporting them to be sustainable.

transform

TRANSFORM

Enabling government, funders and the private sector to learn from each other and bring about innovation within their own work.

MISSION

To accelerate human development in education, health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) through innovation.

VISION

A Tanzania that embraces and actively promotes, supports and utilises innovation.

MEET OUR TEAM

Our team is focused on identifying and supporting innovations and market‐driven solutions for human development issues in Tanzania. We are inspired by passion, and compassion for the wellbeing of people. Through HDIF’s work, our efforts help ensure that individuals have the tools they need to achieve the promise in their own lives.

Joseph E. Manirakiza

Joseph E. Manirakiza

Joseph provides overall technical and administrative leadership in the Fund Management process in the areas of grants and contracts management, financial administration and operations. As Country Director Joseph coordinates all technical assistance support provided to the fund beneficiaries and liaises with various stakeholders of the Fund.

Joseph E. Manirakiza

Country Director

 

Muzafar Kaemdin

Muzafar Kaemdin

Muzafar oversees quality implementation of HDIF, manages HDIF’s performance, and leads on the design and development of new projects or activities within HDIF. As the Technical Director and Programme Development Lead for HDIF, Muzafar manages a team dedicated to social innovation, project design and development, monitoring and evaluation, learning, knowledge management, organizational development, and capacity building.

Muzafar Kaemdin

Technical Director and Programme Development Lead

 

Revocatus Vedasto

Revocatus Vedasto

Revocatus leads HDIF’s finance, accounting and operations function, managing resources that fuel our progress towards making an impact. As the Director of Finance and Operations he oversees a team dedicated to finance, accounting, human resources and office operations, serving as the senior resource for each of these functions.

Revocatus Vedasto

Director of Finance and Operations

 

Alexa DuPlessis

Alexa DuPlessis

Alexa supports the HDIF team on external engagement, sharing learning from HDIF’s experience with partners and the wider innovation audience in Tanzania. She is passionate about engaging, funding, growing and supporting the innovation ecosystem to deliver value to Tanzania’s dynamic youth.

Alexa DuPlessis

Strategic and Partnerships Advisor

 

Gloria Maneno

Gloria Maneno

Gloria is the first point of contact for visitors and callers to HDIF. She is also responsible for assisting senior management in day-day management of the office.

Gloria Maneno

Administration Officer

 

Auson Komwihangilo

Auson Komwihangilo

Auson focuses on continual improvement in the grant management processes, always ensuring that the grant management function is operating efficiently and effectively. He is also a Relationship Manager, working with a small number of the grantees who require strong financial oversight due to the size or risk profile of the grant.

Auson Komwihangilo

Grants and Finance Manager

 

Hannah Mwandoloma

Hannah Mwandoloma

Hannah drives the communications for HDIF, ensuring the newsletter goes out, social media content is on point and up to date, and supporting grantees as they reach out through the media. Her work is especially important for sharing learnings from the HDIF program in the national media and ensuring the media understand what innovation is, and how it benefits Tanzania.

Hannah Mwandoloma

Communications Specialist

 

Henry Mariwa

Henry Mariwa

Henry is the programme’s designated driver. Henry holds a Class C driving license and has worked with a number of NGOs, ensuring their staff get safely from A to B.

Henry Mariwa

Project Driver

 

Maria Guga

Maria Guga

Maria manages HDIF’s financial payments and administration, supporting the Director of Finance to ensure the office runs smoothly.

Maria Guga

Finance Manager

 

Raymond Mwambete

Raymond Mwambete

Raymond plays a crucial role is grantee budget management and support, financial analysis and contributes to capacity building efforts for our grantees and Relationship Managers.

Raymond Mwambete

Senior Grants Associate

 

Claudette Jollebo

Claudette Jollebo

Claudette serves as liaison between HDIF and its grantees. She works with our grantees to help them improve their business performance to deliver on their objectives. She also takes the role of a trusted advisor by offering and providing access to technical advice as and when it is needed by the grantees.

Claudette Jollebo

Programme Manager

 

Simon Mtabazi

Simon Mtabazi

Simon provides support to various outputs of the programme such as as M&E, Innovation Week and the Innovation Ecosystem Map projects. He is also part of Dar es Salaam Global Shapers hub and engaged in supporting young innovators at many of the innovation spaces/hubs in Tanzania.

Simon Mtabazi

Social Innovation Advisor

 

Editha Mwanyika

Editha Mwanyika

Editha supports the Communication Specialist on social and national media outreach and content development, as well as events, photography and much more. On the program side Editha support MEL in documenting the results of the program and keeping a strict eye on the workplan to ensure we are delivering on time.

Editha Mwanyika

Communications and Program Associate

 

Eveline Nguma

Eveline Nguma

Eveline is the liaison for the program on the monitoring and evaluation work, ensuring all the data is collected correctly and on time.

Eveline Nguma

Senior MEAL Officer

 

Johnpaul Barretto

Johnpaul Barretto

Johnpaul Barretto

Technical Programme Specialist

 

Rose Mwaiseje

Rose Mwaiseje

Rose maintains the cleanliness of the office space. She also assists the administration team with basic office duties including photocopying, scanning and filing and making sure the team are well fed!

Rose Mwaiseje

Office Attendant

 

OUR SUPPORTERS

HDIF is a £39.9 million UKAID innovation fund collaborated totacke development challenges in Tanzania through innovation and technology.In managing HDIF, Palladium works in close collaboration with its partners to generate evidence and learning from the programme and to foster a thriving innovation ecosystem in Tanzania through strategic partners and technical assistance. The partners are;