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The Chanzo Morning Briefing Tanzania News – March 07, 2024

In our briefing today: ACT-Wazalendo’s new leadership singles out election as top priority ; LSF, Belgian Development Agency Enabel partner to promote access to justice in Tanzania; Harnessing Domestic Resources for Climate Action: Insights from Tanzania’s extractive sector

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Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Wenesday, March 06, 2024.

ACT-Wazalendo’s new leadership singles out election as top priority

The race for leadership within the opposition ACT-Wazalendo party concluded on Wednesday after 586 party delegates, gathered at the Mlimani City Conference Centre for a two-day convention participated in an intra-party election to produce a line-up of leaders who’ll steer the party to its desired future.

During the elections, Dorothy Semu, a former civil servant turned politician, beat Mbarala Maharagande to become the Party Leader by garnering 354, equivalent to 65.7 per cent of all votes cast, against her opponent’s 184 or 34.3 per cent of the votes.

Delegates also elected Othman Masoud Othman, Zanzibar’s First Vice President, as the party’s new national chairperson, succeeding veteran politician Juma Duni Haji who withdrew from the race late in the campaign period, saying he seeks to maintain “party unity” during the process.

Othman, who garnered 96.6 YES votes of all 536 votes cast, will be assisted by Ismail Jussa, who becomes the new party deputy national chairperson for Zanzibar and Isihaka Mchinjita, ACT-Wazalendo’s deputy national chairperson for Tanzania Mainland.

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LSF, Belgian Development Agency Enabel partner to promote access to justice in Tanzania

Legal Services Facility (LSF), a local NGO that works to increase access to justice for all, signed an agreement with the Belgian development agency Enabel to promote access to justice among Tanzanian women through legal aid.

The European Union-funded ‘Gender Transformative Action: Breaking the Glass Ceiling’ project aims to address gender-based violence in Tanzania by promoting gender equality and access to justice, particularly among women and girls.

Speaking during the signing ceremony at LSF’s office in Masaki, Dar es Salaam, LSF Executive Director Lulu Ng´wanakilala said the signing of the Sh10.7 billion worth MoU marks a “pivotal moment” in the organisation’s ongoing commitment to advancing justice and equality in Tanzania. 

“With the signing of this grant agreement between LSF and Enabel, we embark on a

journey to enhance access to justice for women and marginalised groups through the improved access to justice for women through legal aid,” Ms Ng´wanakilala said.

While various actors are making commendable efforts to ensure that women and girls have equal access to justice in Tanzania, actors in the sector agree that more needs to be done to realise the goals of equal treatment of people in the hands of judicial systems.

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Harnessing Domestic Resources for Climate Action: Insights from Tanzania’s extractive sector

The imminent threat of climate change to human existence cannot be overemphasised. Climate change and its impacts deeply undermine progress toward sustainable development, especially in the developing world.

Indeed, major economic sectors, such as agriculture and livelihood, are deteriorating in Africa due to long-term shifts in elements of weather patterns, such as rainfall, temperature, and relative humidity. This increases disasters such as floods, droughts, and other natural hazards. Evidence of this trend can be observed in the report released by the Tanzania Meteorological Agency between 2020 and 2023.

Recognising this clear and present danger, the United Nations established the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which has since enjoyed a near-universal endorsement with its 198-country membership. The treaty constitutes a global response to climate change.

This treaty birthed the Paris Agreement, whose 196-country community adopted a legally binding international treaty on climate change in December 2015 in the now famed Paris Agreement.

The treaty, which came into force in November 2016, requires that the increase in the global average temperatures be kept below 2°Celcius above pre-industrial levels and global temperatures be limited to a 1.5°C increase above pre-industrial.

Nevertheless, achieving the Paris Agreement, which requires actionable climate adaptation, mitigation, and resilience strategies, will not come cheap. Estimates show that global investments required to achieve the agreement’s goals range from US$3 to US$6 trillion annually until 2030. (OECD, World Bank and UN Environment, 2018).

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