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.
Ireland’s development cooperation programme, which is managed by Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is a practical expression of the core principles of our foreign policy, and of our values as a people. Ireland’s place in the world is defined by our commitment to justice, equality, human dignity and respect for human rights, and by our solidarity with those whose lives and futures are blighted by extreme poverty and hunger.
In a world already facing serious global
development challenges, including the impact of climate change, food insecurity,
population growth and persistent and growing inequality, the economic and
financial crisis has had a particularly severe impact on people living
in the poorest and least developed countries. Coming in the wake of huge
increases in food prices in 2007 and 2008, the crisis will make it more
difficult for the poorest developing countries, particularly in sub- Saharan
Africa, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.