SDC Assistant Director-General visits Tanzania

Article, 11.12.2023

The Assistant Director-General and Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Ambassador Nicolas Randin, visited Tanzania from 3 to 8 December. The trip was an opportunity to meet with partners and visit projects supported by the Government of Switzerland in Tanzania.

TASAF beneficiary from Ruvu Darajani in Chalinze District explains her craft to Ambassador Randin.
TASAF beneficiary from Ruvu Darajani in Chalinze District explains her craft to Ambassador Randin. © TASAF

During his stay, the Assistant Director met with members of civil society, implementing partners, government officials, and Heads of Cooperation and Country Representatives from multilateral agencies. The agenda also included visits to Swiss-supported projects in Dodoma, Morogoro and Coast Regions. Ambassador Randin was accompanied by the SDC Head of Eastern and Southern Africa Section Ms. Katharina Stocker and the SDC Head of the Peace, Governance and Equality Section Ms. Christine Schneeberger.

On 4 December, the delegation had a meeting with key partners from the media, anti-corruption and civil society projects. During the meeting, partners shared their views on the evolution of the political context, the role of Civil Society Organisations, as well as the upcoming elections and challenges the country might face.

The village Ruvu Darajani in Chalinze District is one of the beneficiaries of the social protection project TASAF (Tanzania Social Action Fund). The delegation visited a public works project at the village where eligible households are now engaged in constructing a community road. The team also met and exchanged with Cash Transfer and Livelihood Productive Grant beneficiaries, and Livelihood Enhancement Groups.

In Dodoma, the delegation met and exchanged with peer educators and healthcare providers trained on sexual reproductive health services and gender-based violence with support from the Safeguard Young People (SYP) programme. Further, they had a chance to interact with young mothers who have received life, sexual health, leadership and entrepreneurships skills.

The delegation also visited a Folk Development College and met with trainees and training providers supported by the Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) project in Morogoro; visited the Ifakara Health Institute in Bagamoyo; and Kilimo Fresh, a recipient of an impact-linked loan under the Impact-linked Fund for Eastern and Southern Africa (ILF ESA) project. All projects are supported by the Government of Switzerland.

Switzerland has supported bilateral and regional projects in Tanzania since the early 1960s. In 1981, Tanzania became a priority country for official Swiss development assistance. The Swiss Cooperation Programme Tanzania 2021 - 2025 has a strong focus on empowering young people, especially poor young women, to advance socially and economically. Through the SDC, Switzerland continues to work with its partners to strengthen state institutions, promote civic space and improve youth livelihoods. This year, the SDC allocated CHF 25.5 million to support development projects in Tanzania.