Tanzania

Switzerland is contributing to the struggle against poverty in Tanzania’s central corridor. While facilitating access to good quality health services, it is also working to promote employment and boost incomes in rural areas, as well as to strengthen civil society and independent media.

Map of Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries. According to the World Bank, in 2012, 28.2% of the country’s population was still living below the poverty line. But there are encouraging signs: Tanzania is one of the most stable countries in sub-Saharan Africa and is making progress in transitioning to a market economy as a result of democratic and social reforms.

The Swiss development programme is coordinated around the national poverty reduction strategy (MKUKUTA) and the government’s “Big Results Now” initiative, which is promoting change in priority sectors such as transport, water, agriculture, energy and the use of domestic resources. 

Health

Accessible, high-quality care

Switzerland is working to improve the availability and quality of health care for communities in remote areas. The emphasis is on strengthening the system for funding health care, decentralising the health system and promoting research projects to define the country's medical priorities.

Fighting malaria

In the fight against malaria, the SDC supports a centre which is implementing a national mosquito-net programme for the Tanzanian government. This has made a significant contribution to reducing the incidence of malaria, which decreased from 18% in 2007 to 10% in 2012.

Health – A prerequisite for development

Governance

Transparency and responsibility 

Switzerland promotes dialogue between civil society and the authorities with the aim of fostering a culture of transparency and civic responsibility. Switzerland also aims to strengthen local authorities’ capacities to provide better services, and it supports the government in combating corruption.

The Swiss international cooperation provides financial assistance to independent media, especially rural radio stations, with a view to disseminating high-quality information and enabling people to assert their rights more effectively.

Conflict prevention

Switzerland implements conflict-prevention measures with the aim of strengthening inter-community dialogue, particularly by involving the leaders of religious organisations.

Democratization - Fundamental for effective aid

Fragility and violence impede poverty reduction

Economic development

A sustainable market in agricultural products

Switzerland supports the development of the agricultural sector to create economic opportunities for the rural population, particularly women and young people. Farmers' organisations need to be able to defend their interests vis-a-vis buyers and so improve living conditions.

In one project, the SDC is promoting the economic integration of small producers living close to the poverty line in rural areas of Tanzania. As a result, most farmers active in the value creation chain of sunflowers, rice, cotton and poultry have been able to increase their household incomes by 15% per annum.

More jobs for young people

Switzerland is helping young people to access the labour market by bringing the content of vocational training courses into line with the skills sought by employers.  

State and Economic Reforms

Cross-sector issues

Gender equality and HIV/AIDS

In all its projects, Swiss cooperation works to promote equality between men and women, applying a consistent policy to achieve this goal. Another of its central concerns is to prevent HIV/AIDS by raising people's awareness of the issue and calling for non-discrimination.

Gender equality – gender and women's rights

Approach and partners

Switzerland closely coordinates its transition aid with the Tanzanian authorities, other donor countries and international organisations. To achieve its goals, it cooperates in different ways with Swiss and international agencies (contributing to projects, mandates).

  • Swiss NGOs: Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Swisscontact, Solidarmed
  • Research: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Ifakara Health Institute
  • Government: ministries; regional/local authorities
  • Tanzanian NGOs: Foundation for Civil Society, Tanzanian Forest Conservation Group, Policy Forum, Sikika, Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF), among others
  • International NGOs: Voluntary Service Overseas, Simavi, among others
  • Multilateral organisations: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO
  • Bilateral aid donors: public development agencies (Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland)
  • History of cooperation

    Projects in a single region

    Switzerland has been involved in development cooperation in Tanzania since 1960. Its activities intensified in 1981 when it opened a cooperation office in Dar es Salaam. Its programme is harmonised with Tanzania's poverty reduction strategy and coordinated with the work of other countries and international organisations. Political and technical dialogue with partner agencies takes place at both central and local level. The aim of Swiss cooperation strategy for the period 2015-2018 is to channel aid principally to the projects its supports in the country's central transport corridor (regions around Dodoma).

    Active in Tanzania since 1988, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) scaled down its activities in 2010. It is now providing support only to certain projects involving water infrastructure and economic development.

Current projects

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Action against HIV/AIDS in Southern African prisons

01.08.2015 - 30.09.2018

Faced with an alarming prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Southern African prisons, the SDC has undertaken to reform the prison healthcare system in Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Help is being provided to the relevant authorities in the implementation of set standards of care. The prison staff are being trained. Funding is also being provided for new infrastructure projects targeted specifically at women and young prisoners.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Health
Sexually transmitted diseases incl. HIV/AIDS
Sexual and reproductive health (including mother and child health, family planning)
Communicable diseases

01.08.2015 - 30.09.2018


CHF 3'734'300



Plant clinics and plant doctors to reduce crop losses

Farmer at plant clinic in Peru

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017

The Plantwise programme aims to reduce crop losses to improve the food security of poor rural population groups. Decentralised, community-based plant clinics help farmers identify and combat plant pests and diseases in a timely manner. This SDC-supported programme is currently operating in benefiting two million farmers worldwide.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Agriculture and Food Security
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Agricultural research and innovation systems

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017


CHF 8'750'000



Ensuring food security for smallholder farmers with microinsurance and microcredit

An instructor talks amidst a group of farmers standing in a circle

01.01.2011 - 30.06.2017

Climate change has a heavy impact on food security for smallholder farmers in Zambia and Malawi. A project combining microinsurance, microfinance and measures for disaster prevention aims at strengthening their capacity to adapt. Promising results have already been seen in Ethiopia and Senegal. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Agricultural research and innovation systems
Agriculture value-chain development
Agricultural research and innovation systems

01.01.2011 - 30.06.2017


CHF 6'685'000



Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV in prisons

01.10.2018 - 31.07.2024

Prisoners are a high-risk group when it comes to HIV and other communicable diseases. Nonetheless, little attention has been paid so far to address the need for HIV and AIDS and other health services in prisons. The project will improve HIV and health services for prisoners, including young women and men in seven countries of Southern Africa. At regional level, it will address policy issues that are adversely affecting the prison conditions and the rights of prisoners in the context of health and nutrition.


SCOPE - Sustaining a Culture of Peace

01.03.2017 - 31.12.2025

Increasing tensions based on political, religious, socio-economic and natural resource-based conflicts indicate that Tanzania’s culture of peace needs strengthening. SDC will therefore promote the use of peaceful means to prevent and deal with conflicts. It will support the Government to establish a conflict early warning and response system, and state and non-state actors to increase public space to address conflictual topics, in particular for women and marginalized.


Safeguard Young People (SYP) – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

01.02.2017 - 31.12.2019

The UNFPA Safeguard Young People programme (SYP) will contribute to the reduction of HIV infections and improved sexual and reproductive health and rights status of young women and men aged 10 to 24 in eight Southern African countries[1]. UNFPA will scale up SRHR/HIV prevention models and youth friendly health services (YFHS) in order to equip young people with knowledge, skills and values to protect themselves and capacitate member states to improve the legislative environment to address young people’s health issues.

 

 

 

[1] Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho

 

 


Strengthening Agro-biodiversity in Southern Africa

01.09.2016 - 31.08.2019

The project promotes seed diversity and agro-ecological practices through an inclusive, evidence-based dialogue with governments at regional and country levels by empowered farmer’s and farmer support organizations ensuring that their experiences are taken into account in the development of policies and programmes in agriculture. This will thus strengthen food security in Southern Africa.


Strengthening Agro-biodiversity in Southern Africa

01.09.2016 - 31.08.2022

The project’s goal is to strengthen food security in Southern Africa by promoting seed diversity and agro-ecological practices through an inclusive, evidence-based dialogue with governments at regional and country levels by empowered farmer’s and farmer support organizations.  


Cultural Programme Tanzania (CPT)

01.09.2016 - 31.12.2019

This programme uses a comprehensive approach to promote local culture and livelihood opportunities for young artists, and for social cohesion. It aims to do so through institutional and specific projects’ support. The programme is in alignment with SDC’s Culture and Development Policy that supports devoting a minimum of 1% of SDC’s operational budget in a country to initiatives in the local artistic and culture sector.


Planned project

Strengthening Social Accountability and Oversight in Health and Agriculture

01.05.2016 - 31.12.2025

The projected intervention aims at improving public resources management and services delivery in health and agriculture sectors through strengthening the oversight and social accountability roles as well as the capacities of selected parliamentary committees and civil society organisations (CSOs) in the region. It facilitates knowledge sharing and learning at regional level and supports collaborations between parliamentary committees and CSOs in five SADC countries.


Stiftung "Karibu Kinderhilfe" - Food Aid Swiss Dairy Products (Tanzania)

01.03.2016 - 31.07.2017

Through the usage of food aid in the form of Swiss dairy products, Swiss Humanitarian Aid contributes to the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, undernourishment, and disease. The SDC’s Humanitarian Aid administers the credit granted by parliament for a yearly amount of some CHF 20 million destined for the purchase of Swiss dairy products and their use for the benefit of the needy. Its task is to ensure a sustainable, targeted, and closely monitored food aid.


Children's Village Mbingu - Food Aid Swiss Dairy Products (Tanzania)

01.03.2016 - 31.07.2017

Through the usage of food aid in the form of Swiss dairy products, Swiss Humanitarian Aid contributes to the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, undernourishment, and disease. The SDC’s Humanitarian Aid administers the credit granted by parliament for a yearly amount of some CHF 20 million destined for the purchase of Swiss dairy products and their use for the benefit of the needy. Its task is to ensure a sustainable, targeted, and closely monitored food aid.

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