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Development Cooperation

Country Strategy, Tanzania

Ireland has a long and enduring partnership with Tanzania. It is grounded in a shared history of colonialism and years of people-to-people links, political exchanges and cooperation in development. Ireland’s official aid programme with Tanzania began in 1979. 

The development cooperation programme invests in health, agriculture, nutrition, social protection and good governance and has a strong focus on the rights of women and girls. This commitment recognises that poor women and girls are marginalised within Tanzania’s economy, and experience high levels of inequality in both the public and private spheres.

Build more sustainable livelihoods for poor women and youth

Since those most excluded from the Tanzanian economy are women and young people, there is a particular focus on women’s economic empowerment, as well as youth skills and employment. We are committed to strengthening the capacity of Tanzanian research institutions in the area of socio-economic transformation so that these policies are informed by strong evidence.

Improve reproductive health and nutrition for women and children

Our support is aimed at improving reproductive health and nutrition for women and girls through building links between health, nutrition and gender equality. This in turn links to our work on safer and healthier lives for women and children.  We provide funding to programmes to improve primary health care, access to services, and community nutrition programmes.

Promote women’s rights and a free media

We support organisations that promote the rights of women and girls; including tackling gender-based violence, encouraging women’s political participation and supporting women’s associations. We also support Tanzania’s media space, through support to journalists and media institutions that give a voice to marginalised communities and that promote access to information.

Promote stability in the Great lakes sub-region

The Great Lakes region is volatile and is likely to remain so in the coming period. Insecurity and displacement has already affected Tanzania. In 2018, the Embassy provided €1 million to UNHCR to respond to the health needs of 320,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees living in refugee camps in Kigoma region. 

Facilitate enhanced institutional partnerships and cooperation

We support mutually beneficial country-level linkages through partnerships between Irish and Tanzanian institutions.  These relationships generate new ideas, technologies and approaches; and strengthen links between our two countries. 

Key Results

  • Under the edible seeds programme, new employment opportunities were created for 14,586 people with improved incomes for a further 139,310 sesame and sunflower farmers. 
  • Close to 500 health service providers and 800 community health workers have been trained to provide nutrition training, 48,000 pregnant women and mothers have received health and early childhood behaviour change interventions.
  • Over 8,000 farmers were trained to grow nutritious food and raise small animals. Over 9,600 farmers have also participated in nutrition education and counselling and nearly 7,000 have been trained on how to preserve nutrient rich food.
  • The Health Basket Fund has helped to improve vaccination coverage, the emergency referral system and availability of essential medicines and equipment.
  • The staff vacancy rate in 18 targeted health facilities in remote areas fell from 64% in 2014 to 39% in December 2016. More than 1000 fistula repairs were conducted in 2016. 
  • The Tanzania Media Foundation provided grants to media organisations and journalists to support investigative and quality journalism that promotes accountability.