Swedish Development Cooperation with Tanzania

The aim of Swedish development cooperation with Tanzania is to contribute to conditions for sustainable growth in  the country and provide people living in poverty with better opportunities to support themselves by obtaining work and starting and running productive businesses. The main target groups are women, children, and young people. Sweden's development cooperation activities in Tanzania will contribute to successively reducing Tanzania's dependence on aid.

For several years Tanzania has been one of the top recipients of Swedish development  assistance. With present annual contributions of 750-850 MSEK (including research) Sweden is among the larger bilateral donors to the country. The development cooperation dates back to independence and has over the years covered most sectors.

The present work is based on previous long-term good relations, and is guided by a  cooperation strategy from May 2013, and covers the period up to December 2019. The following areas for collaboration are identified:

  1. More jobs and development of energy and agricultural markets, including enhanced access to electricity, developed agricultural markets and increased security regarding land rights.  
  2. Improved education and increased entrepreneurship, including greater number of girls and boys who acquire basic knowledge skills in school, greater number of young people who complete vocational education, and increased opportunities for women and young people to start and run productive businesses.  
  3. Strengthened democratic accountability and transparency, and increased awareness of human rights, including increased capacity and reduced corruption in Tanzanian public administration, an d enhanced capacity in civil society to demand accountability and increased awareness of human rights. 

In addition Sweden supports research collaboration, which aims at enhancing the country's capacity to plan, conduct and use research in the fight against poverty.

Sweden supports Tanzania's development through General Budget Support (GBS) directly into Tanzania's national budget. The budget support has among other things contributed to more boys and girls completing their primary education and to improved infrastructure. According to the strategy the budget support will be gradually phased out in favor of mechanisms where payment is being made after the agreed outcomes have been achieved.

Examples of areas of work:

1. Energy
2. Democratic Accountability and Transparency
3. Education and Vocational Training
4. Private Sector Development
5. Land Security
6. Research

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Additional sector information as well as examples from various supported interventions can be found on the website of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida