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Rethinking Tanzania and its Constitution ahead of the 2025 Elections: Challenges and Prospects

Date & Time: Mar 13, 2024 01:00 PM in 
Description: The Tanzanian constitution, including the detail of the relationship between Zanzibar and the mainland, was very much on the political agenda in the run-up to the presidential elections in 2015. But the most controversial proposals of the Warioba Commission were not implemented, and during the Magufuli presidency the constitution was not widely discussed.
President Samia Suluhu Hassan, the Vice-President from Zanzibar who succeeded Magufuli after his unexpected death in March 2021, initially appeared to be reluctant to consider changes to the constitution. She has, however, been more willing to engage with opposition parties, and the Mukandala Taskforce, set up under her watch, has proposed a range of reforms. At least some of these proposals can be implemented ahead of the next presidential elections in 2025, and may shape how it plays out. However, President Hassan wants any changes to be lasting and introduced on the basis of consensus, which, along with resistance within some parts of the ruling party, may slow the pace of change.
This event will discuss this process, where it is going and the factors that drive it, and the implications for Tanzanian politics both in 2025 and in the future. It is co-organised by the International Development Department of the University of Birmingham, the Britain Tanzania Society, and the Centre for Elections, Democracy, Accountability and Representation.
Ben Taylor: Editor, Tanzanian Affairs
Alexander Makulilo: Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Dar es Salaam
Baruani Mshale: Director of Learning and Strategy,
Twaweza Elsie Eyakuze: Tanzanian freelance journalist and commentator, and columnist for the East African
Michaela Collord: Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham
Paul Harrison: Chair, Britain Tanzania Society
Nic Cheeseman: Professor of Democracy at the University of Birmingham

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

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:

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:

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
Here are slides from Janet’s presentation (without videos):
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.

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