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Tanzania’s Dar-es-Salaam hit by water shortages as rivers dry up (Priya Sippy, Al Jazeera)

Fridoline Mtunguja, 56, has never been as busy during the 19 years he has delivered water across Dar-es-Salaam as he has been this past month. “I am working morning until night,” said Mtunguja. “I have not seen a problem like this for a long time and we don’t know how long it will continue.” Tanzania’s […]

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Improving learning and life skills for marginalized children. Scaling the Learner Guide Program in Tanzania (Patrick Hannahan, Jenny Perlman Robinson, and Christina Kwauk, Brookings)

This report focuses on one of the scaling labs launched in Tanzania in 2018 in collaboration with the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED). It examines the process of implementing, adapting, and scaling the Learner Guide Program, which delivers life skills and mentorship provided by local female secondary school graduates (Learner Guides) to secondary school students as part of […]

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Property tax compliance in Tanzania: Can nudges help? (Matthew Collin, Vincenzo Di Maro, David K. Evans, and Fredrick Manang, Brookings)

Low- and middle-income countries around the world struggle with low tax compliance together with limited capacity to enforce compliance. This paper reports the results of a randomly rolled out text-message campaign aimed at promoting compliance among landowners in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Landowners were effectively randomly assigned to one of four groups designed to test […]

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China/Tanzania. From Friends to Partners? The Changing Nature of Sino-Tanzanian Relations (Muhidin Shangwe, IFRI)

Since the post-colonial period, China and Tanzania have maintained a close diplomatic relationship. This note offers a subtle analysis of the changing relationship between both countries since the 1960s. It assesses the economic ties and studies the collaboration of both countries in the agriculture, health, education and security sectors. From Friends to Partners? The Changing Nature […]

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Are democratic reforms at risk in Tanzania? (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Tanzania’s main opposition party is demanding answers after police arrested its leader. Freeman Mbowe and at least 10 other Chadema party members were detained during a night raid on Wednesday. Police accuse Mbowe of conspiracy to commit “terrorist” acts and kill government officials. But human rights groups denounced the arrest as a crackdown […]

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(Tanzania) Tanzanian Opposition Leader, Supporters Arrested (HRW)

Oryem Nyeko writes for HRW: On Wednesday morning, police in Mwanza, in northern Tanzania, surrounded the hotel occupied by members of the country’s main opposition party, Chadema, and arrested 11 party members, including the party chairman, Freeman Mbowe. While the other party members are detained without charge in the Mwanza central police station, the police took Mbowe 1,200 kilometers […]

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(Tanzania) Tanzania’s Chadema party says leader Freeman Mbowe arrested (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema has said its leader and other members were arrested before a planned conference to demand constitutional reforms. Freeman Mbowe and 10 Chadema members were rounded up overnight in the northwestern port city of Mwanza, the party said on Twitter early on Wednesday. go to Al Jazeera website: Tanzania’s Chadema […]

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Tanzania – Tanzania sees only glimpses of change by new president (Fergus Kell, Sammy Awami, Chatham House)

As the first 100 days pass since Samia Suluhu Hassan was unexpectedly propelled to Tanzania’s presidency, her less combative style of leadership compared to predecessor John Magufuli is raising expectations of policy change and a reopening of civic space – but how much she is prepared to truly transform the country remains in doubt. Tanzania […]

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Tanzania – Tanzanian communities unite to tackle the growing risk of floods (John Morton, Nyambiri Kimacha, World Bank blogs)

It is mid-October in Dar es Salaam, and it has been pouring rain for hours. Halima, her children, and her neighbors are worried because their neighborhood is beginning to flood, just like in every rainy season. They live in Jangwani, one of the Wards near the city center and one of the city’s most flood-prone […]

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Tanzania – Discrimination in Tanzania’s Schools Ruining Girls’ Lives (Agnes Odhiambo, HRW)

Tanzania’s first woman president, Samia Suluhu, took office in March 2021. Her administration has the opportunity to call on education authorities to end the exclusion of pregnant and married girls from public schools. She should urge them to adopt a clear human rights-compliant continuation policy that would allow pregnant and married girls to continue with formal education […]

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(Tanzania) The complex legacy of Tanzania’s John Magufuli (Al Jazeera)

Sammy Awami The late president has left behind a nation divided in its memory of a leader who was simultaneously revered and loathed. https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/3/29/tanzania-remembering-john-magufulis-legacy

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(Tanzania) Tanzania Gets Second Chance to Confront Magufuli Legacy (Chatham House)

Fergus Kell President Samia Suluhu Hassan must grant citizens an open and honest appraisal of Magufuli’s leadership, something denied to them in his re-election victory. https://www.chathamhouse.org/2021/03/tanzania-gets-second-chance-confront-magufuli-legacy