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Building sustainable and resilient communities

How to improve the universities’ capacity to promote sustainable community development entrepreneurship and communities’ resilience in Tanzania?


Sakariina Heikkanen

Haaga-Helia ammattikorkeakoulu

Published : 10.09.2019

“Building sustainable and resilient communities though co-creation between universities and businesses” (BUSCO) aims at improving the universities’ capacity to promote sustainable community development, entrepreneurship and communities’ resilience in two Tanzanian universities and in their environment: University of lringa  (Uol) and Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU), in collaboration with the project coordinator, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak) and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Haaga-Helia).

In the project social, economic and environmental perspectives are integrated to foster sustainable community development in the communities of the Southern Highlands and Tanga region in Tanzania. To make the results and outcomes sustainable, the project is built on strengths and assets of the community and active participation (using Living Lab methods) of the all stakeholders including universities, businesses, entrepreneurs, municipalities as well as the end-users.

In this video Dr. Evariste Habiyakare and Sakariina Heikkanen are discussing about the challenges and good practices regarding the project experiences when introducing the Living Lab method with Tanzanian university partners and integrating these practices into the local communities.


Funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI)

Co-ordinator: Diaconia University of Applied Sciences

Partner universities: Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, University of Iringa and SEKOMU (Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University) Tanzania

Project period 1.4.2017-31.3.2020

Budget around 600.000€