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Five more years in Tanzania

05.12.2014  17:02

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014 marked a great accomplishment for Danida and Danish development cooperation in Tanzania.

The Danish Ambassador, Johnny Flentø, and the Permanent Secretary in the Tanzanian Ministry of Finance signed a Government to Government Agreement for the new Denmark-Tanzania Country Programme for the period 2014-2019. The Danish support amounts to DKK 1.950 million.

The Danish Ambassador, Johnny Flentø, said:

"Last year we celebrated the 50 year anniversary of cooperation between Denmark and Tanzania and it gives me great pleasure to sign an agreement for another 5 years for Danish development cooperation in this country. I see it as a sign of commitment and determination from both parties to cooperate towards achieving our joint development goals".

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The Danish Ambassador, Johnny Flentø, and the Permanent Secretary in the Tanzanian Ministry of Finance.

The programme is the first of its kind, as it includes all development programmes in one comprehensive country programme and pilots the new principles of programming as set out by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013.

The Danish support will focus on equity and sustainability with the overall aim to reduce poverty and inequality and ensure equitable delivery of quality social services, especially within health. The thematic development objectives contributing to the overall development objective of the Danish Country Programme are 1) To promote inclusive green growth and employment; 2) To improve the health and well-being of the poorest by strengthening national systems to enhance the delivery of and equal access to quality health services for all; and 3) To strengthen democracy, good governance, rule of law and respect for all human rights.

The programme has been developed in consultation with the Government of Tanzania and aligns to the national policy objectives of Tanzania, as it applies a Human Rights Based approach and seeks to promote the principles of non-discrimination, participation, transparency and accountability.

The country programme integrates one Development Contract (general budget support), and three thematic programmes to address income poverty, non-income poverty, and governance and rights in Tanzania through use of a rights-based approach. The Business Sector Support Programme will target the creation of employment and incomes in rural areas, the Health Support Programme will address non-income poverty through specific focus on equitable social service delivery for all, and the Governance and Rights Programme will have a specific focus on gender and equality in the promotion of improved transparency and accountability. The Development Contract will supplement the thematic programmes- focusing on the supply-side and the government as the duty-bearer.