The Chanzo Morning Briefing Tanzania News– October 31, 2023. 

In our briefing today: Organisations lay out recommendations to increase youth representation in leadership; REDD+ and local communities’ welfare in Tanzania: Past lessons and current trends; Tanzania must adopt strict international standards of engineering.

Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Monday, October 30, 2023.

Organisations lay out recommendations to increase youth representation in leadership

Stakeholders working around youth affairs gathered here on Monday to discuss ways through which youth representation in public leadership and politics can be improved in Tanzania, laying out several recommendations that would deliver such progress.

Stakeholders gathered under the auspices of Ajenda ya Vijana, a consortium of eight youth-serving civil society organisations and Ushiriki Tanzania, a coalition of 22 organisations working to ensure youth participation in the country’s leadership.

The parliamentary youth caucus of the National Assembly, led by Deputy Energy Minister Judith Kapinga, was represented at the gathering, which attracted about 60 youth caucus members of the National Assembly, according to organisers.

According to the 2022 Population and Housing Census, nearly 70 per cent of Tanzanians are below the age of 35, with the average age of a Tanzanian being 17.

Despite this being the case, stakeholders have complained of unsatisfactory youth representation in the country’s leadership, something which leaves many of the challenges facing them unaddressed.

Full story here.

REDD+ and local communities’ welfare in Tanzania: Past lessons and current trends

In 2008, Tanzania embarked on an ambitious REDD+ programme with support from the Royal Norwegian Government, which injected about US$83 million to support the national REDD+.

The programme piloted eight initial projects to see whether cash compensation to local communities would incentivise them to maintain their forests.

The primary focus was climate mitigation through carbon sequestration and reduced local emissions from forest degradation. It thus formed the groundwork for selling carbon credits on international markets.

Overall, the pilot projects registered some success, such as expanding areas under Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM), village land use planning, carbon monitoring technologies, and testing of carbon payment modalities.

Full analysis here.

Tanzania must adopt strict international standards of engineering

How is it that Europe, among many other nations like China and Egypt, to name but a few, have buildings, roads, and bridges that are more than 200 years old, while Tanzania struggles to build coherent, architecturally beautiful and simple buildings, roads, or bridges that can outlast one generation?

For Tanzanian engineers, planners and architects, this is a challenge that we don’t have impressive landmarks that are a product of Tanzanians. There are few architectural and engineered projects to marvel at in the country.

A few standouts – like the Kariakoo Market structure and the Old Boma House that I know of – are Tanzanian designed and built. Some buildings stand out, like St. Peters Church, St. Joseph/Azania Cathedral, Kilimanjaro Hotel, and New African Hotel, but are these the work of Tanzanians?

Full analysis here.

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