Women aged between 35 and 55, many of whom have never learned to read or write, are among those being trained as community solar engineers for a project that brings electricity to rural villages on the islands of Zanzibar.
Conservative Islamic culture and the absence of modest swimwear have discouraged girls from swimming, even when they live their lives surrounded by water. This has been true for the female inhabitants of Tanzania’s Zanzibar Island. Now the Panje Project is breaking the mold to teach women and girls swimming and aquatic safety.
Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi have been pioneers as the only members of the East African Community to ban the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags. Now Tanzania has made a formal commitment to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics.
South Sudan and Tanzania have signed a five-year deal that will see Tanzania sending Kiswahili teachers to Africa’s newest nation.
Bus Rapid Transit has powerful supporters around the world – but shouldn’t public transport be designed in the public interest?
Denmark’s minister of development, Ulla Tornaes, is withholding US$9.8 million in aid to Tanzania and postponing a planned trip to the country over “unacceptable homophobic comments” by a senior Tanzanian politician.
Anti-gay rhetoric has steadily been on the rise in Tanzania since President John Magufuli took office. It is not the rhetoric that citizens need to be mindful of, however. The government is taking surveillance and intimidation action towards perceived homosexual activity. Now, it seems, the mere act of sitting in a pair is being viewed as criminal.
Tanzania has a population of about 53 million people, of which 70% live below the poverty level, surviving on about US$2 a day. Despite this, President Magufuli has instructed women to do away with birth control interventions, claiming that the country needs more people.
Women-owned small business in Tanzania stay away from formal loans because of their negative beliefs about loans.