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Managing Natural Resources: Should we Really Listen to People?

Managing Natural Resources: Should we Really Listen to People? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Few would argue against the need for policymakers to listen to people’s views when it comes to the good management of natural resources. Indeed, if there is one thing that has been stressed from the countless global experiences of mismanagement, it is the need to involve citizens in decision-making processes.   Consequently, the publishing of data is a key agenda for multilateral agencies as well as NGOs. Access to information, including contracts and sharing agreements, is considered best practice. The direct distribution of some of the cash revenues from natural resources to citizens is also often recommended as a means to fight poverty more effectively and increase accountability of decision-makers and politicians. These are good principles based on participatory processes that form the backbone of democracy. It is close to 18 months since massive reserves of natural gas were found in the south of Tanzania. Two industry giants (British Gas and Statoil) have already arrived in the country. The authorities, with the support of development partners, are busy trying to get all the right measures in place so Tanzania doesn’t suffer the well-known ‘natural resource curse’.   But does anyone know what Tanzanians really want and expect in terms of management of natural resources?
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Why beekeepers need to know about prices, taxes and marketing | BTC Tanzania

Why beekeepers need to know about prices, taxes and marketing | BTC Tanzania | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Good honey deserves a good price – Since 2007 the Belgian Development Cooperation and the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources help beekeepers in the Kigoma region, Western Tanzania. The quality of the honey produced in the region has been improved. Beekeepers in Kigoma are now capable of producing high-quality honey and of packaging and labelling it.

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In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio

In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
On farms in sub-Saharan Africa, where Internet and cell phones are often scarce, an old-school wireless technology is a critical tool.

 

How do you share ideas – including potentially transformative ones – with people who do not have Internet access, are largely illiterate, and live far from paved roads?

Even in today’s hyper-connected world, most farmers in Tanzania – who make up 75 percent of the country’s population of  48 million – have limited interaction with people outside their communities. Ideas, by extension, are slow to travel. Many small-scale farmers use outdated farming techniques when planting and harvesting their land, based on knowledge passed on from their ancestors. They also run the risk of being cheated in the market, if they do not have frequently updated price information for crops. Too often, this means that small-scale farmers experience low crop yields and remain trapped in a vicious cycle of hunger and poverty.

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Tanzanians put little emphasis on sanitation, hygiene - BTC

Tanzanians put little emphasis on sanitation, hygiene - BTC | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Research has shown that most city dwellers in the sub-urban and slum areas give little emphasis on sanitation and hygiene.

The report comes as the rest of the world honoured the World Toilet Day yesterday and talks of hygiene were widespread while slum residents in the country went about ‘business as usual’ in unsanitary roofless latrines with gaping stench filled holes instead of water closets (WC).

At the event to mark the World Toilet Day in Kinondoni Municipality, the Communication Officer with the Belgium Development Agency (BTC) Tanzania, Stephanie Cols, said:
“In unplanned settlements of Dar es Salaam, most latrines are of sub-standard nature, the majority being unroofed structures. Moreover, people give little emphasis to sanitation and hygiene.”

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Tanzania has shown how civil society can contribute to economic justice

Tanzania has shown how civil society can contribute to economic justice | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Semkae Kilonzo: By asking the right questions, citizens can help to fight poverty, promote transparency and reinforce social and economic rights
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Tanzania's musicians join roadshow to break silence around fistula

Tanzania's musicians join roadshow to break silence around fistula | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Tanzanian women who have been ostracised by having obstetric fistula are finding out it can be treated, reports Jessica Hatcher
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Time for high quality education for all?

Time for high quality education for all? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Education is key. As foundations go, there is none more important than this one – in achieving progress as well as in sustaining it.

Since the introduction of free primary education in 2001, Tanzania has achieved significant progress in improving access to basic education.

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Is this a woman's world? Gender equality in Tanzania

Is this a woman's world? Gender equality in Tanzania | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Let's think together:Every week the World Bank team in Tanzania wants to stimulate an evidence-based debate by sharing data from recent official surveys and ask you a few questions.
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Belgian govt to give 330million/- for small-scale eco programmes - BTC Tanzania

The Belgian Government through its Belgian Development Agency (BTC) has pledged over 330m/- to small-scale projects run by grassroots organisations throughout Tanzania.

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Tanzania: Dar Gets Sh40 Billion Grant for Water

The government of Tanzania and the Kingdom of Belgium signed a 40bn/- bilateral development cooperation grant agreement for water and agriculture projects.

"The water supply and sanitation projects are in line with the country's development agenda which seeks improving the socio-economic well-being of Tanzanians," he said shortly after the signing of the agreement and exchange of letters.

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Agriculture and Food Security a priority for Belgium Government in Tanzania

Agriculture and Food Security a priority for Belgium Government in Tanzania | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A majority of the population in Tanzania is engaged in agriculture.

Therefore, addressing the many challenges faced by the players in the sector is one of the most effective ways to support the country to achieve its development goals.  In this regard, the Belgium government through its Embassy in Tanzania has identified Agriculture and Food Security as one of its priority area to invest in and contribute towards the country’s development efforts.

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In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio

In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
On farms in sub-Saharan Africa, where Internet and cell phones are often scarce, an old-school wireless technology is a critical tool.
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Tanzania makes agriculture a top development priority

Tanzania makes agriculture a top development priority | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it


Tanzania may be newly rich in natural gas reserves, but government officials say improving agriculture is the number one priority to reach middle income status by 2025.

The East African country's Kilimu Kwanza (Farming First) program is proof that while the country expects to benefit overall as a gas producer, many see agriculture as critical to improving the lives of the average citizen.

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Tanzania’s Islamist Militants: A Domestic Threat from a Domestic Context

Tanzania’s Islamist Militants: A Domestic Threat from a Domestic Context | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

To ease religious tensions, the Tanzanian government will have to reassure the Muslim public that its grievances are being taken seriously.

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Land of opportunity: Should Tanzania encourage more large-scale farming?

Land of opportunity: Should Tanzania encourage more large-scale farming? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Let's think together: Every Sunday the World Bank in Tanzania in collaboration with The Citizen wants to stimulate your thinking by sharing data from recent official surveys in Tanzania and ask you a few questions.
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Children as agents of change: Lessons from HIV & AIDS awareness project | BTC Tanzania

Children as agents of change: Lessons from HIV & AIDS awareness project | BTC Tanzania | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Improved knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, greater awareness of rights, ability to recognise and avoid risky situations, and willingness and confidence to inform and positively influence their peers and neighbours: these were just some of the results observed among pupils targeted by a BTC-supported project for HIV & AIDS awareness. The project, piloted in 28 primary schools in Tanzania, also contributed to additional benefits including better attendance, reduced number of early pregnancies, and improved academic performance.

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Belgian agency assists two local key projects - BTC Tanzania

Belgian agency assists two local key projectsThe Citizen DailyThe Belgian Development Agency and Belgium Embassy in Dar es Salaam sets aside 2.5 million euros to fund local government reforms and natural resources projects.
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How can aid agencies promote local governance and accountability? Lessons from five countries.

How can aid agencies promote local governance and accountability? Lessons from five countries. | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Oxfam is publishing a fascinating new series of papers today, drawing together lessons from our programme work on local governance and community action. There are case studies from Nepal (women’s rights, see photo), Malawi (access to medicines), Kenya (tracking public spending) , Vietnam (community participation) and Tanzania (the ubiquitous Chukua Hatua project.

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