Tanzania – Outcomes

Our Outcomes

The 2030 WRG began engaging in Tanzania in late 2013 following an invitation from the office of the President.  The “2030 WRG Tanzania partnership” was launched in late 2013 and became operational in 2014.

To date, a management board has been established under the patronage of the Ministry of Water and Chaired by the Prime Minister’s Office.  Under the management board, technical working groups have been established across the thematic areas of water efficiency, water storage and source protection, and cross-sector collaboration. Broad consultations and ongoing scoping work is being supported to help develop the projects and initiatives prioritized by the working groups.  The initial focus has been on priority catchments in the Rufiji and Pangani basins, where water supply-demand gap issues are greatest, as well as on agricultural water use, a major priority given the importance of agriculture for the Tanzanian economy.

Examples of initiatives currently under development include:

  • Expanding access to efficient irrigation systems for emerging/smallholder farmers through aggregated access to finance and awareness raising advisory. Partners involved in developing this topic include Olam, Yara, Jain Irrigation, Rabobank, the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Irrigation Commission, and others. The team is also discussing partnership opportunities with the Tanzania Financial Sector Deepening Trust, who have a focus and track record in agriculture and rural finance in the country.
  • Development of new public-private water stewardship initiatives in high water competition watersheds. There is particular interest amongst stakeholders in the Pangani catchment in northern Tanzania, home to a thriving and water-aware horticulture sector, and a growing sugar industry, with growing risks of water competition with surrounding communities. A further opportunity exists in the Ruaha catchment, which faces intense water competition across the agribusiness, hydropower and tourism sectors, and where there is a clear need for coordination and a private sector interface with a large number of fragmented government, NGO and donor activities. In addition to basin water boards, companies, NGOs and donors involved in these basins, potential convening partners include the CEO Roundtable for Tanzania, Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor for Tanzania (SAGCOT), and the Tanzania Horticulture Association.

Our Future

The priority for the remainder of 2015 and 2016 will be to fully develop and launch the priority initiatives described above.  Project concepts related to industrial and urban water management are also expected to be added later in 2015.