Is Tanzania a safe place to live


With around 50 million inhabitants, Tanzania is one of the most populous countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Since its independence in 1961, the country has developed peacefully and politically largely stable. The economy has grown by an average of seven percent over the past five years. The exploitation of natural gas and other mineral resources is still in its infancy. In the current five-year development plan (2016–2021), the government is focusing on the rapid expansion of infrastructure and manufacturing industry in order to create the transition to a middle-income country. The challenges lie in using economic change in such a way that living conditions for the population are sustainably improved. It is intended to help reduce poverty in the country and increase employment.

The German-Tanzanian cooperation works on the following priorities:

  • health
  • water
  • biodiversity

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the health sector in creating better access to health services, especially for mothers and young children, and in improving the quality of health services. In addition, she works together with the Ministry of Water on laws and management concepts that make water and wastewater companies more efficient and thus enable a better water supply. Climate-relevant aspects are taken into account.

In the area of ​​biodiversity, GIZ is advising the Ministry and the new Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA) on how to preserve important ecosystems in the country such as the Serengeti and the Selous. Income from nature conservation and tourism should better benefit the local population in order to increase the acceptance of protected areas.

In other programs, GIZ works with the Tanzanian Court of Auditors on good financial governance, among others. In addition, the regulatory authority for renewable energies and energy efficiency is supported in creating framework conditions for the future energy mix and for private sector investments.

A number of multi-country initiatives help to create income and employment and improve the competitiveness of the Tanzanian economy: For example, a project jointly financed by Germany, Great Britain, Norway and private companies aims to improve vocational training and employment opportunities for local workers around the Raw materials sector. The initiative to promote the African rice value chain increases the competitiveness of small farmers and thus makes a lasting contribution to improving their incomes. In a further program, public, private and civil society actors work together to develop solutions for the sustainable use of water resources in selected areas. Market development in the field of renewable energy is supported for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).