UNCDF in Tanzania

UNCDF in Tanzania

The Challenge

With a population of more than 36 million and a real GDP growth rate of 7 percent over the decade 2000 to 2010, Tanzania is one of the fastest-growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa. However, strong growth has failed to produce any significant reduction in poverty, which remains concentrated in rural areas. The country ranks 152nd out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index.

How We Are Helping?

UNCDF is participating in a Joint Programme to support the government of Tanzania in three main areas: promotion of Local Economic Development in Tanzania mainland, support for development of a National Strategy for Financial Inclusion in Zanzibar, and enhancement of local government alternative sources of funds to finance local infrastructure. 

In Tanzania, UNCDF is also implementing its Gender Equitable Development (GELD) programme, which aims at strengthening local government’s capacities in gender planning and budgeting, and – in partnership with ICLD – the International Joint Training Programme to Strengthen Local Government in Support of Local Development in Southern and Eastern Africa, which aims at enhancing capacity of the local governments to support sustainable local development, poverty reduction and the achievement of the MDGs. 

In inclusive finance, the UNCDF Least Developed Countries Fund for savings-led market leaders for inclusive finance (MicroLead) is operational in Tanzania, which aims to increase access to financial services for low-income populations in LDCs. 

Moreover, UNCDF enables and promotes inclusive and sustainable local economic development (LED) and private sector development (PSD) through the Local Finance Initiative (LFI).

In Detail

Project

One UN Joint Programme - Transition from Humanitarian Assistance to Sustainable Development in North Western Tanzania

Goal To support the LED, Inclusive Finance in Zanzibar, and local infrastructures financing.
How
  • Carrying out an assessment sectors to implement LED;
  • Developing capacity building for public and private sectors;
  • Supporting the development of a national strategy; of microfinance;
  • Creating a pull of funds for credit enhancement scheme.
Period 2008-2011
Partners UNCDF, World bank, USAID, UNDP, Government, ILO, WFP, UNHCR, UNEP, UNIDO, UNICEF, UNESCO
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 5,700,000
USD 0
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International Joint Training Programme to Strengthen Local Government in Support of Local Development in Southern and Eastern Africa

Goal To strengthen Local Government in support of local development.
How
  • Providing training and mentoring to individuals and institutions.
Period 2011–2014
Partners UNCDF, Swedish International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD).
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 1,970,130
USD 200,000
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MicroLead

Goal To increase sustainable access to client-centric financial services, particularly savings services, for low-income populations.
How
  • Providing grants and loans to savings-led Financial Service Providers and Technical Service Providers.
Period 2008-2017
Partners UNCDF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, Governments of South Sudan, Liberia, Bhutan, Timor-Leste, Sierra Leone, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa.
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 51,531,079
USD 7,871,850
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International Joint Training Programme To Strengthen Local Government In Support Of Local Development In Southern And Eastern Africa (ICDL)

Goal To support sustained capacity improvement for local governments.
How
  • Providing training and mentoring to individuals and institutions who work actively with issues related to decentralization, local development and local democracy.
Period 2011 – 2014
Partners UNCDF, Swedish International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD)
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution USD 1,970,130
USD 200,000
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Local Finance Initiative (LFI)

Goal To enable and promote inclusive and sustainable local economic development (LED) and private sector development (PSD)
How
  • By strengthening domestic finance in local economies through both traditional basic infrastructure and industrial infrastructure projects such as energy, transport, warehouses, industrial pools, logistic platforms, food processing plants, etc.;
  • By developing capacities through training of local Technical Support Providers, national and local government officials, bank officers, and project sponsors; and
  • By providing enabling-information resources and scalable communication and management platforms using basic on-line technologies.
Period Ongoing (2012-2017)
Partners UNCDF, GlobalDF, SIDA, SDC
Total project cost and UNCDF contribution $33,250,645
$5,150,000
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