Julius Nyerere led Tanzania to Independence – join us for this launch of his new biography, Wed, 9 December 2020 16:00 – 18:00 GMT, online.

Julius Nyerere led Tanzania to Independence – and is revered as the Father of the Nation.

He turned it into a model of African socialism. And then had to watch while his policies were reversed, and structural adjustment led to reinstatement of the private sector.

Now we have a new biography, in three volumes. For these and more information regarding the event, please click the link below:


Tanzania Development Trust at 45 – an overview and lessons learnt: Sat, 28 November 2020 15:00 – 17:00 GMT

About this Event

In the last 45 years we have funded 607 projects, at a cost of £2,4 million and benefiting an estimated 608,000 people. In our anniversary month we look back at what we have achieved, and celebrate some of our highlighted projects and team members.

For more information; Please visit:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tanzania-development-trust-at-45-an-overview-and-lessons-learnt-tickets-125774178955

Tanzania going to the polls; A conversation about the forthcoming general elections; Date & Time Tue, 6 October 2020 17:00 – 19:00 BST; Online

Join us in this interactive webinar on Zoom to hear from the following panelists:

Chambi Chachage – Analyst and commentator, Postdoc Research Associate at Princeton University

Mwanahamisi Singano – Gender and governance analyst, Program Manager at the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Constantine Manda – Co-founder & Director at the Impact Evaluation Lab, Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)


Ben Taylor – Editor, Tanzanian Affairs

For more information, please click on the link/video clip below;

Interested in Tanzania? Attend the AGM of Britain Tanzania Society to find out what we do; Sat, 24 October 2020 14:00 – 16:00 BST; Online

Here below are the links with AGM’s Information:
AGM’s recording is here https://youtu.be/hcqq5UDY9uM
Here are slides from Janet’s presentation (without videos): https://www.slideshare.net/jachapman82/tanzania-development-trust-in-2020
And the other speakers’ here::
The video links are here:


Here below was the AGM’s Invite:

You are cordially invited to the AGM of the Britain Tanzania Society and Tanzania Development Trust, which will be held by Zoom at 2pm on 24th October.

This is a chance to find out more about the work of each organisation, what they’ve been doing over the last year, meet the post holders and others and ask questions. We are delighted that David Concar, who took up his post as UK High Commissioner to Tanzania in August will speak about his work, as will our local reps Rhobi Samwelly from Hope for Girls and Women TanzaniaBenedicto Hosea from Mboni ya Vijana, and many others. Ngailla Alpha will talk about his school’s success in the Schools’ Enterprise Challenge and how he collects poverty data via the free ODK app.

Ben Taylor, will talk about Tanzanian Affairs, of which he is editor. For more details, please click on the link below:



Tanzania’s national response to COVID-19 – An online public discussion; Thu, 28 May 2020 17:00 – 19:00 BST; Online Event

How successful are Tanzania’s COVID-19 measures?

About this Event

Tanzania has responded to the Coronavirus pandemic in some unusual ways – withholding data from the public, questioning the reliability of tests, and calling for God’s assistance. There are signs that the outbreak was spiralling in late April, since when there has been very little reliable information, though the government claims that the crisis has passed.

This discussion will cover the COVID-19 outbreak in Tanzania and the national response. What is known about the extent of the outbreak? How have the government and the public responded? What evidence is there that the outbreak is truly under control, as the government claims?

Confirmed speakers include:

Zitto Kabwe MP – opposition leader representing ACT Wazalendo

Fatma Karume – prominent lawyer and critic of the government’s response to COVID-19

Ben Taylor – analyst, blogger and editor of Tanzanian Affairs

Roland Ebole – Amnesty International Regional Researcher for Tanzania and Uganda based at the East Africa Regional Office, Nairobi

A representative of the Tanzanian High Commission in London has also been invited to speak.

The event will take place online, using Zoom. There will be a general discussion and a chance to ask questions.


Thanks to the generosity of BTS members and other friends of Tanzania we have so far sent over £12,000 to 27 different hospitals and health centres across Tanzania, to enable them to buy locally made reusable masks, gowns and aprons for their front line health workers.
Many of these centres had no protective equipment, even those with confirmed COVID cases, so are extremely grateful for these which they will be able to use long term.
We have been working very closely with Tuheda<https://www.tuheda.com/>, Tanzanian Diaspora Health workers, who have advised us which type of mask to recommend, and we have created a Swahili version<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdo90nEvOoE&feature=youtu.be> of the instructions which we have circulated widely. With Tuheda we have set up a WhatsApp group to disseminate much needed COVID training and materials, answer questions and give advice. We have also managed to link hospitals with suppliers of 3D printed plastic visors
As the numbers of people infected continues to rise we are receiving more applications than we can fund.

Tanzania has an extremely unprepared health system, with only 0.4 doctors per 10,000 population (compared to 28 for the UK), and only 1.3 ICU beds per million population.

Our much valued local reps and all the people we have funded over the last 43 years rely on small, very underfunded, overcrowded district hospitals that cannot cope with demand in normal times, let alone an influx of COVID patients. High rates of HIV and malnutrition also make people particularly vulnerable.

Please support us today<https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/urgent-covid-medical-equipment-for-tanzania/?rf=email_pe_thankyou_46287> and help protect Tanzanian doctors so they can continue to treat vulnerable communities in Tanzania during this crisis. Thank you.

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