Tanzania gained independence in 1961 and has remained a fairly peaceful and stable nation. The nation contributes peacekeepers to UN missions, engages in trade with other countries in the region, has vast natural resources and upholds democratic institutions.
However, lack of access to basic services (particularly in rural areas), poor infrastructure, and epidemics such as HIV, have stalled development in the country and millions of people remain in poverty.
Corruption and the misuse of public funds is a critical issue that Tanzania needs to address to allow successful development and progress.
The church’s work in Tanzania is widely respected and utilised as it provides public services – particularly health, education and other development initiatives. It has an extensive presence and well-established networks at both national and local levels.