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?
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:
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.
You are invited to the interactive webinar on the impact on, and support for, people experiencing homelessness during and after COVID-19, and make recommendations for immediate and post-crisis support. Please click on the link/video clip below for more information:
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.
Hirji is a distinguished Tanzanian mathematician and statistician. But as an undergraduate at the University of Dar es Salaam in the 1970s, he edited the student magazines Cheche and Majimaji, which published Issa Shivji’s pioneering Tanzania: The Silent Class Struggle. He has continued writing on Tanzanian politics and education, and in the last 5 years published six books. This one brings together his writing on education from the 1970s to now.
This event will launch this book. It will also assess Hirji’s work, in the context of the outpouring of creativity at the University of Dar es Salaam in the 1970s.
It will be introduced by Andrew Coulson who has written extensively about Tanzanian political economy. There will be short comments by Colin Leys (better known for his critical work on private capital in the UK NHS), Abdul Paliwala, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, and George Hadjivayanis, all of whom were in Dar at that time. Followed by discussion. The event will be chaired by Ida Hadjivayanis, a lecturer at SOAS and family friend.
This will interest all who care about education in Africa, especially at the tertiary level. But also those who are revisiting what happened in Dar es Salaam in the 1960s and 1970s, and how education and ideology played their parts in the dramas that unfolded.
This event is promoted by SOAS and the Britain Tanzania Society.
How is climate change affecting Tanzania now, and how prepared is it for future changes?
Jo Anderson from Carbon Tanzania will discuss “The potential for Climate Change action to deliver economic benefits for Tanzania”
The Paris Agreement on Climate Action allowed for all signatories to decide how they as nations could best contribute to mitigating the effects of dangerous human-induced climate change. Many tropical countries committed to reducing their emissions by dealing with land use, land-use change and forest loss. Tanzania itself has included reducing emissions from deforestation as a key element of their contribution, and in the past 18 months finance has increasingly become available for measurable actions to fulfill this end, with governments and multinational companies committing to “nature-based solutions” and “natural climate solutions”. However the process of securing this finance is complicated and as yet not completely set in stone, and forest nations are still working out how they can best secure finance to help them reduce deforestation and sustainably manage their natural environments. nearly 80% of Tanzania’s carbon emissions come from the land and forest sector, so there is a huge potential for the government, non-state actors and international organisations to bring finance to the country for results based forest conservation.
What needs to be in place for Tanzania to access this opportunity and what actors can be brought together to make it happen?
There will be another speaker, to be confirmed, a chance to ask questions and time for general discussion.All welcome!