About UNDP in Tanzania

President JM Kikwete with Alvaro Rodriguez

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help build a better life. UNDP started its operations in Tanzania after signing of Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA) with the Government in 30th May 1978.

The overall focus of UNDP in Tanzania is to support the Government of Tanzania to improve lives of the people through broad practice areas of democratic governance, Climate change & energy, Environment & Natural resources,  Private sector development and Capacity development

Following the request by the Government, Tanzania was announced to be among eight pilot countries for the   UN reform known as Delivering as One (DaO) in January 2007. The DaO initiative is a country-led process based on the principle of national ownership and leadership. It was intended to make the role and contribution of the United Nations (UN) System at the country level more coherent, effective and efficient

What do we want to accomplish?

  • Within the framework of Delivering as One UN in Tanzania, UNDP works closely with other UN agencies, the Government, as well as with development partners and civil society to build capacity of government to coordinate and mainstream efforts at the sector level and to reinforce implementation at the local level.
  •  Supporting government efforts to help drive the national development agenda through aligning its support specifically to the national development priorities contained in the MKUKUTA/MKUZA II.
  •  Helps strengthens the government’s capacity to manage and coordinate international development assistance through the development of strategies, action plans and an improved aid management system to facilitate national leadership.
  • Building on its global network of Expertise, UNDP assists the government in developing mitigation strategies through training and technical support to national institutions, including those in the private sector, as well as by the promotion of renewable energy sources, improved energy standards, efficient technologies and “clean practices” (to help preserve the environment).
  •  Supporting development of a national framework for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as of local capacity to manage forest carbon projects.
  • UNDP supports capacity development for improved enforcement of laws on the environment and regulations protecting ecosystems, sustainable management of natural resources through awareness raising related to the Environmental Management Act, facilitating formulation of environmental plans and strategies at the local government level, strengthening technical, financial and governance capacities for sustainable land and forest management.
  • UNDP will continue supporting the improvement of election management capacities via the application of integrated systems throughout the electoral cycle. This will be done with a view to extending assistance to the 2015 election process if requested.

What are our results?

Democratic Governance

  • On 31 October 2010, Tanzania held its fourth multi-party general election. The US$28 million multi-donor funded UNDP Election Support Project supported a wide range of activities in preparation for the polls, including technical assistance to the election management bodies, procurement of electoral materials and voter registration equipment. The project providedNon-governmental organizations (NGOs) with grants for voter education projects focusing on women, the disabled and marginalized groups.
  • UNDP’s ongoing technical and financial support to the National Anti- Corruption Strategy, and Action Plan, has contributed to a more effective national anti-corruption bureau, which in 2009 prosecuted 17 major corruption cases.

Environment & Energy

  • UNDP continues to support the Government to integrate environment and energy issues into national policy, as well as build local and regional capacity.
  •  Through a UNDP and Global Environment Facility (GEF) initiative some 8,400 households in the northern region of Mwanza were given solar energy systems. Following this success, the Government now requires all local authorities in Tanzania to include solar planning in their budgets, and has removed all taxes and duties on solar energy appliances.
  • With over $5 million from the GEF and UNDP, we helped build government capacity to manage the extensive Eastern Arc Mountains, which serve as a water source for the largest city in the country, Dar es Salaam, and other urban areas. With a range of stakeholders including government ministries and non-governmental organizations, we developed a coordinated forest management strategy which is now being implemented. It defines management needs, targets and activities such as advocacy and education
  • Our advocacy and programme support is helping to protect the 160 kilometre Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor in Tanzania and Mozambique, by engaging some 50,000 people in sustainable income-generation activities, such as beekeeping and fish farming. This initial project has resulted in the inclusion of environmentally sustainable income-generation activities in all district plans within the Corridor.
  • In Capacity Development;UNDP is building national capacity to develop and implement policies focused on reducing poverty. In 2009, UNDP Supported the Government in its national MDGs-based poverty reduction strategy review process, through material contributions and secretariat services. The Review identified key achievable actions such as improving rural-based agricultural production; sustaining achievements in education, health, water, and hygienic care; and focusing on financial and economic strategic management and property rights;
  • Enhance aid coordination and management by providing both financial and technical support to develop an aid management information system, through which the Government can thematically classify and integrate foreign assistance into the national budget process, thus helping the Government’s strategic planning and budgeting exercises. Initially operational in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, the initiative will be rolled out to other government institutions.

Who are the decision makers?

The Key decision makers within the UNDP Tanzania  are as Follows:  

UNDP Senior Management Team

  • UNDP Resident Representative & UN Resident Coordinator - Alvaro Rodriguez
  • UNDP Deputy Country Director (Operations) - Yahya Ba

UNDP Practice Specialists

  • Practice Specialist (Capacity Development) and Head of Programme - Amon Manyama
  • Practice Specialist (Environment & Natural Resources) - Gertrude Lyatuu
  • Practice Specialist( Climate Change & Energy) - Abbas Kitogo
  • Practice Specialist (Private Sector Development ) - Ernest Salla
  • Practice Specialist (Governance) - Godfrey Mulisa

Goverment Implementing Partners