Tanzania gained independence in 1961 and has remained a fairly peaceful and stable nation for the past 57 years. The nation contributes peacekeepers to UN missions, engages in trade with other countries in the region, has vast natural resources and upholds democratic institutions.
Poverty and low economic growth cause inequalities among people and households within communities. Even the national economic growth of seven per cent has not translated into meaningful improvements to household income.
Lack of access to basic services, particularly in rural areas, poor infrastructure and epidemics such as HIV, have also stalled expected development in the country. Some 32 per cent of the population – more than 17 million – still live in extreme poverty.
Tackling corruption and 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.