East Africa Today: An interview with Aida Kiangi
In episode 5, East Africa Today visits the offices of Ms. Aida Kiangi, Action Aid International Country Director for Tanzania. Ms. Kiangi sat down with East Africa Today and spoke about the challenges facing Tanzania's Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO), her experiences working in the civil service, private sector and civil society, the current crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania's role in ensuring peace and stability in the region. She also talks about why volunteerism is not a common characteristic when we speak about the youth in East Africa and beyond.
Ms. Kiangi is an acknowledged social development specialist with experiences in strategy development, operational planning and financial management in the private and public sector. Prior to joining Action Aid, she worked with Deloitte Consulting where she was the contract manager for the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PREPFAR) Mission Support Services on behalf of USAID/Tanzania and the grants manager for ICAP-Columbia University. Ms. Kiangi has also worked with Barrick Gold in Tanzania as head of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Ms. Kiangi is also well known and connected to the Women's rights movement in Tanzania. She has been an active member of the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) and was the coordinator of the Tanzania Biennale Gender Festival in 2005. In addition she was also a member of the World Social Forum (WSF) organizing committee responsible for the mobilization and engagement of youth and the intergenerational dialogues during the forum. Ms. Kiangi was also one of the speakers for the Society for International Development (SID) and Maanisha! event on Youth Engagement With the EAC, where she spoke about pan-Africansim.
She is also one of the founding members of the Young Executives Stars Tanzania (YES! Tanzania), a network of young Tanzanian executives from the business, government, civil society, academia, arts and culture. Its purpose is to enable young executives to stay connected, to learn and become better leaders, as well as promote thought leadership and constructive debate. She is also a Rotarian (Dar es Salaam Oysterbay Club).
You can follow Ms. Kiangi on Twitter: @NangumaKiangi
Photo: Aida Kiangi