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Prosperity in Rural Africa? Changes over time in Tanzanian Villages

Do statistics on Tanzania's growth tell the full story about their urban/rural divide?

About this event

It is commonly believed that while Tanzania’s growth, measured by GDP, is amongst the highest in Africa, most of it is in urban areas. So inequality between urban and rural Tanzania is increasing. In rural areas small-scale agriculture and living standards are in decline. But it may not be so. The statistics do not take full account of assets – better houses, water supplies, transport links, schools, health centres, etc.

To explore this, Dan Brockington and Christine Noe identified researchers who worked in Tanzanian villages more than 20 years ago, and were willing to revisit them and see how they had changed. This research, available here , shows how in all but one village there were significant improvements in lives and living standards.

This webinar will explore these conclusions.

Speakers will include Christine, Dan and other researchers and practitioners involved, and will include a panel discussion and questions from the online audience.

The event will be chaired by Chair of Britain Tanzania Society, Paul Harrison, and everyone is welcome.

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President Samia’s first year in office – a new direction for Tanzania?

Join us for an informal discussion on the impact of President Samia's first year in office and what it means for Tanzanian women

About this event

President Samia Suluhu Hassan took office on 19 March 2021 after the death of John Magufuli.

In this event we will hear from a range of Tanzanian women on the impact for Tanzania of her first year in office, and what it means for women. This will be followed by a panel discussion and a chance for the audience to ask questions.

Speakers will include the Hon Zakia Meghji MP, who was the first female Minister of Finance, Dr. Frannie Léautier, CEO of SouthBridge Investments, author Aikande KwayuRuth Meena, a gender and development expert, and blogger Elsie Eyakuze.

The discussion will be chaired by the editor of Tanzanian AffairsBen Taylor.

Everyone welcome.

Date and time

Sat, 19 March 2022

16:00 – 17:30 GMT


Online event

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Reach for the Stars for International Women’s Week

In celebration of International Women’s Week - Hope for Girls and Women is hosting a virtual careers event for girls in Tanzania

About this event

In celebration of International Women’s Week - Hope for Girls and Women is hosting a virtual careers event bringing together a number of inspirational women, working in fascinating industries.

Find out about their work, how they got into their roles, and put your questions to them in a live Q&A.

Meet speakers from the following organisations:

• Bijoux Trendy

• Uganda Wildlife Authority

• Dunia Safari Camp - Asilia

• Girls in Aviation Africa

This Zoom event will be delivered predominantly in Swahili with some English elements.

Register now, the link will be shared closer to the event. See you there! All welcome!

Date and time

Sat, 12 March 2022

07:30 – 08:30 GMT


Online event

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Map Tanzania to help protect girls from FGM for International Womens’ Day

Learn about how tools like OpenStreetMap can help protect vulnerable girls in Tanzania and how you can help.

About this event

This interactive session will start with short presentations about how OpenStreetMap and other open source tools can help protect vulnerable girls in Tanzania and beyond from Crowd2Map Tanzania Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania and Tumaini Open School.

Then we will hear from Youthmapper Ambassadors Laura Mugeha and Raya Ahmada on the importance of mapping for women specifically.

This will be followed by a practical session in which participants will be taught how to contribute to the OpenStreetMap base map in Tanzania. No prior knowledge will be assumed and all training given.

Crowd2Map have mobilised over 17,000 online volunteers to add over 6 million buildings to OSM in Tanzania the last 6 years. Activists fighting Female Genital Mutilation in Tanzania estimate these maps have helped protect over 3000 girls from being cut. Tumaini is setting up an Open School in Tabora to ensure that girls excluded from education due to pregnancy get a second chance at an education.

Everyone welcome! Join us and help map Tanzania to project vulnerable girls!

Date and time

Tue, 8 March 2022

17:00 – 19:00 GMT


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What are the implications of COP 26 for Tanzania

Date and time: Sat, 27 November 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT

Join us for this online event to discuss the main outcomes of COP26 and their implications for Tanzania. In an interactive session with key leaders, practitioners and influencers, we’ll seek to and explore questions such as:

• Which areas of Tanzania are most at risk from climate change?

• For Tanzania, what examples of good practice are there and how can they be scaled up?

• Will the pledge on methane reduction have any impact for Tanzania?

• How much can Blue Carbon projects such as mangrove restoration help?

• How are Tanzanian Climate Activists influencing the debate?

• How much of the 17 billion dollars pledged for community forestry will reach groups in Tanzania and what impact will it have?

• Fundamentally, how will Tanzania pay for tackling climate action?

Tickets for the event may be obtained from

Have you are anyone you know completed a PhD in China?

Dear BTS,

I hope this email finds you well!

I am a researcher at the University of Oxford, Department of Education. I am researching the experiences of Tanzanians who have completed PhDs in China, and I am currently recruiting participants for this study. Participation would involve a one hour interview.

I was wondering whether it would be possible to publicise this research through your network? I would be happy to provide further information.

Many thanks,

Dr Natasha Robinson

Post-doctoral Research Officer

Department of Education, University of Oxford

Tel: +44(0)7858347221


Britain Tanzania Society AGM 2021

Britain Tanzania Society AGM took place on Saturday October 30th at 2pm, 2021 by ZOOM

We were delighted that our speaker this year was The Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen O’Brien KBE.

Sir Stephen is a British internationalist, humanitarian, diplomat, politician, global health advocate and campaigner, business leader and mentor, industrialist and lawyer who completed his term as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator in late 2017. He was born in Tanzania.

The new officers of the society are:

Chair : Paul Harrison

Vice Chair : Godlisten Pallangyo

Executive Secretary : Charlotte Pallangyo

Minutes Secretary : David Gibbons

Treasurer : Jeremy Lefroy

The recordings of the addresses from H E David Concar, UK High Commissioner to Tanzania and of Sir Stephen O’Brien

The recording of our members presentations is here:

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