Canadian international assistance in Tanzania
Tanzania is a young but stable democracy and it has one of Africa's stronger governance and human rights records. Institutional capacity remains weak but is slowly increasing.
The Tanzanian economy has enjoyed a decade of high growth, and the country's outlook is positive. The government’s strong commitment to rooting out corruption in the public sector is key. Continued emphasis on sound economic management and good governance will help develop Tanzania’s private sector and support economic growth’s contribution to poverty reduction. Currently, the country ranks 151 out of 188 on the United Nations Development Programme's 2015 Human Development Index.
Our international development assistance
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Canada’s development focus closely aligns with, and supports the achievement of the development outcomes outlined in, Tanzania's Five Year Development Plan II. Priorities of this strategy include:
- human development
- business environment
Canada's support is contributing to Tanzania's gains in social indicators in health and education and is contributing to the health and rights of women and children, including sexual, reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls.
We support efforts to strengthen the health system as a whole, as well as to increase access to skilled health workers, to increase the number of babies born in health facilities, to help prevent malaria and tuberculosis, and to reduce the HIV/AIDS’s effects on children and their families.
In education, Canada's support to the Government of Tanzania's efforts is helping improve the quality of teaching and increasing equitable access to secondary and vocational education.
Key anticipated results:
- Stronger health system with more mothers, infants and children accessing services, reducing the numbers of preventable maternal, infant and child deaths Increased numbers of qualified teachers, providing a higher quality of education Improved accountability and responsiveness of local and national governments on issues affecting the quality of education
Canada contributes to sustainable economic growth by enhancing government transparency and accountability, particularly the effective and efficient management of revenues from the extractive sector and more generally, public finances. This includes strengthening the environment for business start-ups and growth, greater access to financial services and providing young people with the skills and training to secure jobs. In all areas, we are working in particular to support women’s economic empowerment.
Key anticipated results:
- Increased access to financial services and credit for poor Tanzanians
- Increased domestic tax revenue as a share of GDP
- Improved governance, transparency and accountability in the extractive sector
- Improved legal and regulatory frameworks and systems
- Increased number of technical and vocational graduates with specific skills that respond to labour market requirements in the extractive and tourism sectors
Progress on aid effectiveness
Tanzania continues to show strong national ownership and high-level commitment to important reform areas. The second Five Year Development Plan II sets out an ambitious development agenda, focused on reaching middle income country status by 2025 and on industrializing this largely agricultural economy.
The Government of Tanzania is refining a common set of principles into a new Development Cooperation Framework (DCF) upon which to engage development partners, including civil society and private sector representatives.
- Tanzania's National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty II (PDF, 1.43 MB, 170 pages).
- The High Commission of Canada to Tanzania
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