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

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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
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You are cordially invited to the AGM of Tanzania Development Trust and Britain Tanzania Society on Saturday 14 Oct 2023 15:00 – 16:30 BST which will be held by Zoom.

This is a chance to find out more about our work, meet the post holders and others and ask questions. You will also hear from many of our local reps discussing their work in Tanzania.

Paul Harrison, BTS Chair,  will talk about the Britain Tanzania Society. Our esteemed speakers are expected to be the incoming Tanzanian High Commissioner (to be confirmed), John Woodcock, the Lord Walney –  the UK trade envoy to Tanzania – and Kemi Williams, the Development Director at the UK High Commission to Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, representing the UK High Commission.

Janet Chapman will present TDT’s Annual Report and also talk briefly about their mapping project Crowd2Map and how you can get involved.

Our local rep for Mara, Rhobi Samwelly, will talk about her NGO fighting FGM, Hope for Girls and Women Tanzania, LR for Kigoma, Benedicto Hosea will talk about our water project and LR for Tabora Ezekiel Kassanga about his open school for girls excluded by pregnancy, Tumaini Open School.

The presentation section will be recorded. There will be a chance to ask questions via the chat.

The link to the zoom meeting will be sent out the day before and 2 hours before the meeting to all who register.

Everyone welcome!

For more details and to book a free ticket, please click on the link below:

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2022 BTS AGM 30/11/22

Come and join us for the 2022 online AGM of the Britain Tanzania Society on Wednesday 30th November 2022, 1pm to 2pm GMT (4pm to 5pm EAT, Tanzania)

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 will be delighted to receive an address from H.E. David Concar, UK High Commissioner to Tanzania and H.E. Asha-Rose Migiro, Tanzanian High Commissioner to the UK, or a representative.

The BTS and TDT 2022 Annual Reports have been uploaded to the website, please go to the Annual Reports page if you would like to view them.

For more details and to book a free ticket, please click on the link below:

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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


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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


Online event

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