Solar power transforming rural education in Bukoba District
Solar power transforming rural education in Bukoba District

In the northwest of Tanzania, on the western shore of Lake Victoria, is where you will find Bukoba district. It is the capital of the Kagera region, and the administrative seat for Bukoba urban district, with a population estimate of about 100,000 people. Like other districts in northwest Tanzania, there are areas that are locally referred to as ‘mini cities’. Here people have access to water, electricity, health facilities and adequate transport system; living here will make you feel like you’re in an urban centre.

As it is, a global wage gap persists, with women earning on average 24 per cent less than men. Women are only half as likely as men to have full-time waged jobs with an employer. Women are over-represented in vulnerable and informal work, often without social protection, and are under-represented in management in the corporate sector, holding only 22 per cent of senior business leadership positions.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Statement on International Women’s Day 8 March 2017

This year, International Women’s Day is devoted to Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. Globalization and technology change are driving that change. It’s important that women are able to succeed in this new world of work.

The purpose of the workshop was to build capacity within Government agencies involved in negotiating contracts on behalf of the country. The workshop was a tailor-made, one-week course developed by the Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and UNDP Tanzania. It was attended by fifty senior Government officials from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM), the Attorney General Chambers (AGC), the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), the Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA) and Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC).
UNDP supports capacity building in contract negotiations for Government officials

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM), recently conducted a one-week workshop on “Negotiating A Good Deal in The Oil and Gas Industry”. With the recent major discoveries and extraction of natural gas, adding to the vast natural resources that the country is blessed with, including wide varieties of minerals, Tanzania is well positioned to achieve its goal of becoming a middle-income semi-industrialized country by 2025, as set out in the national plans notably the Five Years Development Plan (FYDPII). However, the extent to which the positive effects are realized through these resources depends on the capacity within the Government to negotiate contracts that benefits the country at the same time attract foreign direct investments (FDI).

The Second Edition of the African Human Development Report (2016) is Launched in Tanzania

The UNDP report analyses the political, economic and social drivers that hamper African women’s advancement and proposes policies and concrete actions to close the gender gap.

Building a resilient Tanzania through Tanzania Meteorological Agency - TMA
Building a resilient Tanzania through Tanzania Meteorological Agency - TMA

Our goal as a development partner to the government of Tanzania is to support institutional capacity building to better withstand external climate change related forces. In these process we are currently empowering the Tanzania Meteorological Agency -TMA with 36 automatic weather stations across the country at a total cost of 27,165,000 USD part of which the government of Tanzania has committed $22,565,000, Global Environment Facility committed $4M and UNDP Tanzania committed $600,000

UNDP empowering women through solar projects in rural Tanzania

Kurio village, like a growing number of villages in rural Tanzania in recent times, is seeing changes in the demographics and livelihoods of its people. Climate change-induced water shortages is making agricultural production more and more unreliable, leading to food and livelihood insecurity. This makes the profession undesirable and, due to smaller yields, is leading to its people, particularly young men, migrating to urban centres in the hope for employment. Women, however, have more limited options, with some girls suffering from early marriages and some married women being left at home with their children after their husbands have migrated.

The main purpose for this retreat  was to plan, discuss and agree on a plan of action which will result  to better delivery of UNDP’s programme and projects.  On the agenda, there was a deliberate focus on support to procurement , Human resource management, programme financing also on how to integrate ICT and innovation in operations and communications.
UNDP all geared up for operational effectiveness and efficiency

In an effort to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness to deliver UNDP’s commitment to the government of Tanzania i.e. through the Country Programme Document (CPD) 2016-2021 and the United Nations Development Assistant Plan phase II (UNDAPII); the operation unit conducted a three-day retreat which kicked off from 22nd February to 24th February.

UN Global Compact debuts local network in Tanzania

Compact Network Tanzania, reflecting increased commitment to the values and principles of corporate social responsibility by businesses and companies operating in the country. Enterprises and organizations that participate in the network stand to benefit by developing effective practices and solutions as part of an innovative multilateral initiative, focusing on human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption.

Alternative livelihood options for highly-vulnerable youth

In Chamwino District, as in many rural areas of Tanzania, food security and livelihood depend heavily on agriculture, which in turn requires steady availability of water. Due to climate change, rainfall patterns have changed to become more inconsistent and unpredictable, and when it comes, it is short-lived and sometimes devastating causing flooding and soil erosion.

Sustainable Energy Financing Key to Bright Future for Africa’s Poorest Countries

Reliable access to sustainable energy stands to strengthen multiple elements outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals in areas including climate action, health, education, water and food security and women’s empowerment

UNDP Facilitates NGOs Proposal Writing Workshop on Gender, Climate Change and Energy in the Context of SDGs

Since 2015, UNDP has supported at least 20 NGOs and CBOs across the country to implement community-based projects under its flagship project entitled “Capacity Development in the Energy Sector and Extractive Industries (CADESE).”

UNDP Tanzania conquers Kilimanjaro in fight against HIV/AIDS

Dar Es Salaam – Eight staff members from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Tanzania recently participated in the 2016 GGM Kilimanjaro Challenge Expedition with the aim of raising funds and awareness to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic across the country.