Edmund Mbigili | United Republic of Tanzania
Edmund Pius Mbigili has more than four years of experience working at an international organization whose aims include youth engagement, poverty alleviation, and prevention of and response to violent extremism (PVE), with a focus on at-risk communities. Currently, Edmund is the acting field coordinator of a PVE project at the United Nations Development Programme in Tanzania. His duties include project management as well as the design and oversight of the program's implementation processes. He is also a co-founder of Youth Wings for Development Elevation, an organization that aims to support and encourage youth by providing pathways that mitigate their vulnerability to engaging in violence. Edmund holds a bachelors degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Dodoma, Tanzania. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Edmund plans to apply the leadership skills and training he receives to the betterment of Tanzania by promoting peace, providing mentorship and training, and continuing to offer vulnerable young people opportunities for poverty alleviation and alternatives to engaging in violence.
What is your favorite thing about your home country? What are you most excited about learning about Philadelphia?
Tanzania is regarded as an excellent safari destination, largely due to its many world-class opportunities for game spotting. Tanzania is home to many of the best and biggest parks in Africa, and some of the most varied and unique landscapes that you’ll ever see. I'm so excited to interact with the Philadelphia organization, researchers, academicians, and experts to benefit my country on peace promotion.
Do you have any hobbies or an interesting fact you wish to share about yourself?
I'm so interested in Volunteering, community service and charity work.
If I were to come to your home country, what is the first thing I should eat?
Ugali and beans.