DfID-Tanzania Partnership

President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania. Photo by: Russell Watkins / Department for International Development / CC BY-NC-SA

Although Tanzania’s economy has grown more than 7 percent over the past decade, the country remains poverty-stricken, with growth limited to urban areas such as Dar es Salaam.

The World Bank estimates people in rural areas constitute 80 percent of the country’s poor. Job creation is severely outpaced by the growth of the country’s population, which is expected to increase from the current 48 million to 75 million by 2030. Other socio-economic challenges remain: Only 34 percent of children enroll in secondary schools, 93 percent of Tanzanians are at risk of contracting malaria, and more than 30 million have limited or no access to adequate sanitation.

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