How Canada Is Helping to Enhance Sustainable Economic Growth and Development in Tanzania

Canada is announcing new initiatives that will support Tanzania in four sectors:

  • Enhancing Growth and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania, implemented by the Tanzanian Ministry of Finance ($20 million over three years)

This project aims to reduce key factors that are hindering growth and poverty reduction by investing in people, strengthening infrastructure and building public-sector management capacity and accountability. The initiative will contribute to a range of development results, including an increase in the public availability of national budget information, improvement in pupil-teacher ratios in at least 20 districts, better access to nurses and nurse midwives for 15 percent of the population, access to safe drinking water for up to 10 million rural residents and a 25-percent increase in electricity generation. As a contribution to the national budget, the initiative could positively affect all of Tanzania’s 49 million citizens.

  • Strengthening the Electoral Process and Democracy, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme ($3.3 million over three years)

This project aims to strengthen democratic electoral processes in the lead-up to the constitutional referendum and the 2015 general elections. The initiative would contribute to the increased effectiveness of key democratic institutions, improved civic participation and engagement in political and electoral processes, and prevention of election-related conflict.

  • Improving Access to Financial Services, implemented by the Financial Sector Deepening Trust ($15.5 million over five years)

Building on the results of previous phases, this project aims to increase access to financial services, especially in agricultural and remote areas, for small-scale enterprises and poor women and men in Tanzania. The project works with communities, government and the private sector to develop enabling policy and regulations, create and expand innovative, appropriate and accessible products and services such as mobile banking, and train targeted beneficiaries on the use of financial services. Approximately 2 million poor women and men and 35,000 small businesses are expected to benefit from this project.

  • Upgrading Teachers’ Colleges, implemented by the Government of Tanzania ($20 million over three years)

This initiative seeks to improve the quality of education provided to primary and secondary students by increasing the number of qualified teachers and improving the quality of the training they receive. The project also supports the repair and expansion of four teachers’ colleges in order to improve learning conditions for approximately 3,300 teacher trainees annually. This project is aligned with the Government of Tanzania’s Education Sector Development Program, which aims to build, expand, repair and furnish classrooms and student dormitories and equip laboratories.

Canada began development programming in Tanzania in 1961. In 2009, Tanzania was selected as a development country of focus as part of Canada’s aid effectiveness agenda.