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 United Nations Development Assistance Plan phase one 2011-2016 (UNDAPI) concluded on the 30th of June 2016 and the second phase of UNDAP officially began on the 1st of July 2016. The second phase of UN development assistance to Tanzania aims to build on the foundation that has been established by UNDAP I by working hand-in-hand with the government and other development actors and partners. UNDAP II runs concurrently with the government of Tanzania’s (GoT’s) development frameworks i.e. the second Five Year Development Plan (FYDP II 2016-2021), the Tanzania Development vision 2025 and Zanzibar Vision 2020, UNDP’s Country Programme Document (CPD) 2016- 2012 and has also taken into consideration global development agendas such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted in September of 2015.
In view of this, the overall focus for UNDP in Tanzania is to support the Government of Tanzania to improve lives of the people through strategic programmatic areas of inclusive democratic governance, inclusive economic growth and sustainable livelihoods and evironment sustainability, climate change and resilience.
What we aim to achieve
- Within the framework of Delivering as One UN in Tanzania, UNDP work 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 central government 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 second Five Year Development Plan (FYDPII) 2016 – 2021; the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 and Zanzibar Vision 2020.
- Support to strengthen 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 implementation of the national frameworks for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as boosting local government capacities 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 2020 election process if requested.
What are our results?
- UNDP helped with US$22M bustket fund to strengthen capacities of electral bodies in Tanzania maniland and Zanzibar for the preparation of 2015 general elections
- 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.
- Through UNDP’s ATMS Regional Project, 34 of the 47 beneficiary organizations that AMSCO worked with were provided with competent management and required skills development, which improved profitability that in turn led to protection of existing jobs, created of additional jobs, and increased tax revenue of US$20.57 million paid by ATMS/ AMSCO beneficiaries to the Government of Tanzania.
- Through UNDP support to the SAGCOT initiative, a draft of amended Rufiji Basin Development Authority (RUBADA) Act to reform RUBADA was completed and submitted to the Cabinet Secretariat for scrutiny and approval.
- Capacity of 86 field extension officers built from all of the 78 BRN rice schemes in the SAGCOT corridor through training in System Rice Intensification techniques (SRI) which has benefited a total of 70,434 small holder farmers.
- Total of 11,000 ha of land have been identified for agricultural investments and mapped in the SACGOT corridor and land use plans have been prepared for villages in Morogoro Rural and Ludewa districts.
- UNDP provided financial support to the RUBABA through field work and purchase of land survey equipment that has expedited land use planning and as a result 11,000 ha have been identified in Rufigi District for investment.
Environment & Energy
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- UNDP continues to support the Government to integrate environment and energy issues into national policy, as well as build local and regional capacity.The protected area network project facilitated conducting two animal census for the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem covering an area of 50,889 kms comprising Ruaha National Park, Rungwa, Muhesi, Kizigo Game Reserves, Itigi thickets and open area/village land outside protected areas.
- In 2014, UNDP supported the preparation of a strategy to combat wildlife trafficking and elephant poaching in Ruaha National Park.
- UNDP/GEF have facilitated demarcation of boundaries in Ruaha National Park by purchasing a grader to improve access for tourism and surveillance elephant poaching. Management Plans in 6 Nature Reserves in national priority landscapes approved and launched.
- 10 additional environmental regulations and by-laws adopted and operationalised of the Environment Management Act (EMA) including the environmental management (biodiversity, genetic resources, noxious smell emissions quality starndards) and regulations. Management of Protected Areas in Zanzibar strengthened through re-constitution of the National Protected Area Board.
- Over 50% of communities in pilot villages of Lake Tanganyika catchment area continue to adopt and practice sustainable land use practices where land use plans have been prepared and approved.
- 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.
- 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.