Tanzania Country Strategy Paper 2011-2015 Summary
The partnership between Ireland and Tanzania stretches across many decades including those prior to independence when Irish missionaries first arrived in Tanganyika and created strong bonds between our two peoples.
Since 1975, when Ireland established an official presence through the Irish Aid programme, those links and connections have grown stronger and deeper. Ireland’s engagement in Tanzania has contributed to the country’s social and economic progress. In the past decade alone, Tanzania has made remarkable progress in both health and education and as a result, many young women and men enjoy a life much better than that of their parents and grandparents. During this same period, Tanzania has seen substantial economic growth and has discovered additional natural resources, which when exploited, will provide considerable revenue to meet development needs. However, across the world, we see that high levels of economic growth do not necessarily result in commensurate improvements in people’s health and well being. Though progress has been made, challenges remain on many fronts. Tanzania still remains one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 152 out of the 189 countries and territories measured in the United Nation’s 2011 Human Development Index.
The overarching goal of Ireland’s work here in Tanzania, therefore, as laid down in this Country Strategy, is to reduce poverty and vulnerability and to ensure that economic growth is inclusive. We want to ensure that vulnerable households in this country are healthier, better nourished, and more secure.
This Country Strategy Paper (CSP) sets out our vision and the goals for our work over the next five years, as well as how we intend to deliver on those by working strategically and in partnership with government and civil society. We will build on past experience and exploit Ireland’s comparative advantage to contribute to Tanzania’s development. Our CSP is fully aligned with national and international policy commitments and priorities, as well as with the goals of Ireland’s Development Assistance.
The main focus remains on agriculture and health, and supporting Tanzanian systems. In the coming years, we will contribute to work on nutrition which intersects with both agriculture and health. Nutrition is an area where Tanzania faces challenges, including some of the highest stunting rates in Africa.
This CSP provides for some flexibility and allows us to react to the emerging context in a way that serves the needs of people. It also allows us to focus on issues that might otherwise be marginalised in the mainstream debate and discussion on Tanzania’s development direction.
The links between Irish people and Tanzanian people have been strong for decades; these links are constantly evolving with short-term volunteering built on community to community links and growing business and trade engagement. These partnerships are an important foundation upon which the relationship between our two countries is built.
It is said in Tanzania that an ocean cannot be crossed by one person swimming alone [Bahari haivukwi kwa kuogolea.] And in Ireland we say, we are only strong when we work together [Ní neart go chur le chéile]. This document lays out our commitment to be a trusted and supportive partner of Tanzania as it strives to meet peoples’ needs and expectations.
Fionnuala Gilsenan Irish Ambassador to Tanzania