Thursday, March 26, 2009


- The people of Dar es Salaam should adapt the Polluter Pays principle of the Rio declaration! And looking to Moshi would be a good idea.

Among the dirty city can be Dar es Salaam where every corner of the city if you pass you will find people have thrown plastic materials and not only that but there are some areas where you will find that they are stinking it can be because they have thrown dirty things.

Few days ago the Prime minister visited various areas including Kariakoo market which is always very dirty but he found it was cleaned so at least the market looked somehow beautiful while in the other areas where he didn’t inform them that he is not going to pass were found very dirty.

Thus what is discovered is that if the officials especial the top governments pass through various areas all the places will be clean because the people responsible for that will do.
But what make me ask myself is that always I walk along various areas in Dar es Salaam and I find they are very dirty even in the healthy services like Mhimbili National hospital where you will find people have thrown plastic materials in various areas even if they are a lot of dust bin placed in various corner of the path areas.

I admire the Moshi area where I can take it as the lesson area to other places where is the area where they are following the principle of Rio which were declared in 1992.To look partially are three where the first states that Polluter Pays, the second is Precautionary Principle and the last is Shared but Different responsibility.

In Moshi if you arrive there being Guest or not you must observe clean less they have the system and they have their watchmen on it if you try to polluter their town you have to pay for it thus everybody in that area get precaution and they share with different responsibility.

Now I hope if that system of Principle of Rio would be adopted in Dar es salaam every person who will through plastic materials out of the dustbins and everyone who will pollute by any means would pays accordingly I hope every one would be responsible to keep the city clean.

By Kalisto Mfuse

Monday, March 16, 2009


The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is conducting a training programme for young envirnmentalists (YETs) so as to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Tanzania.The training was inaugurated by the Honorable ambassador of Norway in Tanzania, Jon Lomoy whom in his speech centered on a biggest challenge that faces Tanzania despite her vast wealthy of natural resources, failure to accommodate challenge accounts to her poverty.

Tanzania has large forests diversity, high population of wild animal, large part of water bodies, valuable minerals and the productive land; however it is among the poorest countries in the world, 89 percent of the total Tanzanian population survives on a single meal per day.

The big challenge is governance, in his speech, the ambassador Lomoy declares that we need three pillars; the strong government, strong civil society and a vibrant private sector. The strong government that efficiently collect tax, wisely use laws to effect changes, the civil society that act as a “watchdog” and the vibrant private sector that can work hand in hand with the government. It’s high time for Tanzanians to quit themselves from swimming in a pool of poverty since decades of our grandparents, our esteem leaders should remember that “charity starts at home”.

He was accompanied by WWF Tanzania country representative Mr Stephen Mariki.
The training will be conducted at the interval throughout the year with the aim of acquainting knowledge and practice to young environmentalists who will act as change agents to effect environmental conservation specifically concentrating on the wildlife, fishery and forestry sub sectors of natural resources.

Beatrice Benjamin


Endowed with enormous mineral deposits, abundant wildlife resources in protected area covering 28% of the total land, numerous water bodies, and massive forests resources covering 39% of total land plus fertile soils all over the country in which any crop can be grown.
With population of around 40 million plus 2.7% annual growth rate it is not anymore the responsibility of government to change this equation but rather the responsibility of every citizen of this country we all love. 45 years ago the population was only 8 million and the projection is around 100 million in next 25 years.

If there are some Tanzanians out there who still think that their government remains to be the only remedy for the massive poverty that continues to rock the majority of Tanzanians then they need to consider this benefits sharing agreement between the Tanzania government and mining companies where 97% for company and 3% for Tanzania for get about unrecorded utilization of wildlife, forest and fisheries resources.

To be precise, it is next to impossible for the existing government to reverse the situation because this was not done blindly but purposely to benefits leaders and their relatives. I think there is an urgent need to do “resources inventory” in Tanzania and empowering the communities through education and information. Informed communities are usually more-or-less organized and are likely have good leadership for strong government that is prerequisite for any sustainable development.

The government is obviously enjoying this situation and would never take the risk of educating and informing the local communities because this would mean end of exploitation and power. Instead, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tanzania are expected to play these crucial roles of educating, informing and organizing the local communities to manage their God given natural resources in Tanzania. However, CSOs need committed and skilled individuals who will be ‘change agents’ in educating and mobilizing local communities for their resources management.

All in all, there will never be proper solutions for these problems until we realize the need to address the real causes of the problems which is certainly the extremely corrupted and non-functioning Tanzania government. For sustainability of our nation, we need good legal framework and systems whereby one becomes rich because he/she is hardworking and creative entrepreneur and not because he/she is a politician. As a nation we must address the fact that 5% of Tanzania population seized 95% of Tanzania wealth. If nothing is done now then sooner or later the country is likely to collapse.

Joseph Gambay

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


The massage is very strong shows reality and stimulating any one who ca read this part seriously he/she can be shoked.
Its true that Tanzania has huge reserves in more than ten key minerals and Gold, Diamonds, Tanzanite are being fully mined by (Multinational companies) By the end finding that the percentage taken by them and what is left in the original Tanzanian owners is a very big wide gap.

These reasons of poor management, poor policies from the government to people – centred mining policies, not only to this view of minerals the same aspect apply to forestry, fisheries, and or wildlife.

Having a big question in mind; why we (Tanzanians) are poor?
A lot of factors contribute:
Our Policy makers aren’t transparency
Politicians also put personal interests, greediness
Tanzanians themselves they fear have Dependency thinking

But these issue example Mineral – Other African countries managed the situation like South Africa and Botswana. We have to ask ourselves why?

It’s because of responsibility division, transparency, togetherness not being selfish and greedy and good policies by:
Putting concern on CSO’s who have different styles of Communicating this kind of pain massage; spiritually, mentally and physically.
Individuals to be educated even ‘Basic Knowledge’ about this aspects – Forestry, fisheries and wildlife so that they can feel it from their hearts – This is Psychological colonialism.

NOTE: This is much done in so many views through a lot of animals, trees and fish at large quantity is used/exported by few powered leaders who don’t what chance, don’t focus on Tax issue even brake the ‘bridge’ with the people and as barrier to communication.

From my self I need to change this area in a Democratic way because its painful and unsafe. But I will stand strong!!

//David Sylvester


Unpromising contribution of Tanzanias wildlife, forestry and fisheries sub-sectors to the national economic growth and poverty reduction.

“As massive poverty continue to rock the majority of Tanzanians, the latest data reveals that Tanzania population (38 million plus) live in a poverty, below a dollar per day” Despite of Tanzania having abundant natural resources, forestry, fisheries and wildlife subsectors are contributing a little to the development of our national economic growth and poverty reduction due to the following reasons:

Unrealistic and inhuman government intervention in planning and management of our natural resource, inadequate openness on benefit from natural products, lack of transparency on the investment contracts, poor collection of revenue from these natural resources make it hard for poverty reduction as well as economic growth.

Poor policy designing, use of exclusion policy, local people are denied the access, to share the benefit from their natural resources, lack of compensation, all these are contributing factors to massive poverty.

Minimal role played by the Civil Society Organizations in influencing the government to speed up the rate of development, also misuse of donors fund make it difficult for these CSOs to achieve their desired goals.

The solution to these include the involment of a friendly government that address the issues of property rights, access to information, participation in decision making, access to education, good representation, institutional transparency and fairness in sharing of the benefits from natural resources.

The minister responsible should supervise the formulation of the policies that are holistic in nature, combining peoples view in management of their resources.

CSOs need to increase the rate of education , empowerment and organize the means for change , also CSOs must have clear goals with timely review to avoid misuse of donors funds and helping them to to attain their aim in rising peoples awareness, attitude change to both stake holders.

By Musa Said.

“The natural resources in Tanzania are in a deep bad dream”

The fact that is as follows, provided Tanzania has been endowed with a lot of mineral like gold, nickel, and diamonds and copper. But her development is low and it people are swimming in a great dam of poverty. It is a matter of questionable as what is long inside? It can’t be something to put in bracket, it is now a time for we Tanzanians to ask ourselves on the on going on poverty and find required solutions.

Since, the report presented in the Guardian Newspaper gives some examples of the typical core reasons include poor polices made by government especially a third phase government like the police of privatization. These private sectors exploit a lot of resources where the government is earning 3-7% and the remaining percent is for investors from outside.

This situation has been the in other sectors (sub-sectors) like in forestry, fisheries and wildlife where their contribution in economic growth in Tanzania is minimal compare to utilization of resources. For instance in wildlife sub-sector, there is an action, which is called poaching, where tourist and investors are involving. Also in forest, the activities like logs cutting and de facto investors are much causing the excessive decline of forests. Hence the contribution of these sectors as well is so minimal for instance forestry contribute only 13.9% per year. But the harvest of forestry product is of to much deteriorative.

The issues, which I address, are, the availability of poor policies, poor contracts to private sectors, which should be rectified. Corruption that exist to leaders who are in power. Hence, all these require equal participation between government, organizations and people in local level.

We individuals are the one who should be responsible after knowing the need to bring contribution in our societies. We should have self-determination on how to utilize our resources for self-development.

Since civil society organizations are the watchdogs, that they should change themselves by empowering, education and organize so as to bring changes in societies.

By Angelus Runji,
YET, Tanzania

Monday, March 9, 2009


“The problem of being poor is mainly because you are lacking the modern ways of utilizing the Natural Resources your country has been blessed with”. Spoke the Ambassador of Norway in Tanzania, his Excellence John Lomey on 02nd March, 2009 when he was addressing the trainees during the opening ceremony of Young Environmentalists Trainees (YETs) which was conducted at Tanzania Episcopal Conference Centre (TEC) in Kurasini, Dar-es-Salaam.

We are failing to utilize the resources well so that they help to improve the National income because the majority of us (Tanzanians) almost 90% rely on traditional energy sources. These resources need great attention in taking care of them so that they result into sustainable yield/products hence development to our nation.

The Ambassador alerted the trainees not to get used to Malaria and HIV/AIDS workshops since they are of no benefit to the citizens in the aspect of bringing about development to the country. Thereafter he talked about the purpose and importance of the training to the individual trainees, Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s), local community and the country as general.
Why is Tanzania among the poorest countries in the World despite of its richness in natural resources? He questioned the audience and mentioned some of the resources such as plenty sunshine, substantial forests, worlds greatest wildlife populations and greatest fishery water bodies in the world. His question was taken as a challenge by the audience.

The honorable Mr. J.Lomey gave the suggested solutions to the question which to Tanzanian it’s a big challenge/problem by giving the example of his country Norway on how it managed to shift from poorest countries to be among the rich countries in the world. He said that the Norwegian developments relied on the three strong pillars which are Strong governance, Private sectors and Available active CSO’s that have emphasizing on sustainable utilization and development. Tanzania is now challenged to take examples of the developed countries and the means they used to achieve their development.

The Ambassador winded up his opening speech by challenging the Tanzanian Government to strongly act upon the fighting between the Pastoralists and Cultivators and make a review on the land policy on proper land use and rights to every citizen to own/use their land.

By Victoria Maeda-
March 2009.


I want to my view on poverty we have in our country .in real we have a large stocky of natural resources of which if we would use properly the national economy would raise so as to improve health services, education, infrastructure and so many other services to the community.
Unfortunately although we started to utilize the stock but the society does not benefit much. For example in mining sector out of 100% of gold production by the investors only 3% remains with Tanzanians this is amazing. the problem is not only in mining sector but also we experience same problem in other sectors of forestry, fisheries and wildlife. the contribution of these three sectors is below than expected, where it is estimated that only 5-10% of the potential revenue from the forestry sector

What are problems?
In natural resources sectors there are many problems which are exactly the reasons of our poverty, but I will try to only three problems analyzed below.

Widespread corruption
This may be one of the big problem in natural resource management and utilization. Most of agreements signed by government and the investors are in darkness. The people who are responsible in this sector are also do not say any thingLimited participation of communities and civil society organizations in management
The grassroots community and civil societies are not well included in the management of the sub-sectors. This may be a reason for the community to think that they are not responsible and they will come to destroy by either illegal or unsustainable methods.Unbalanced benefit sharing
May be due to lack of enough experience on business related to natural resources, most of agreements signed by the Tanzanians seem to benefit more the investors instead of the majority of Tanzanians who are extremely in massive poverty.

Who is responsible?
Every one in the society is responsible to ensure that our natural resources are useful on solving our problems. Individuals, local communities and civil organizations must combine their effors and act as changing agents

What should be done?
Government on its side supposed to train enough expers for management and evaluation of natural resources for sustainable utilization at a reasonable price. Civil societies must educate the community and try to change the attitudes of individuals. We need to change so as the whole society will change at last one day we will sit to enjoy benefit of our own wealth.
Soma Said
Dar es salaam,

Thursday, March 5, 2009


It is true that Tanzania has been among the reach country in the resources found in it as blessed given by the creator. The contribution of natural resources which is found in the country is not what the people of that particular country get instead what they get are only the suffering and torture which are brought to them by the investors.
The contribution of the mining sector which was to boost the growth of the gross domestic product GDP to a large number has become just suffering to local people treated brutal and they are not given chance to express their views and make contribution on the policy making of the sector.
Also the wastage of money which was to be as help of the people is done by few who benefit to take the cake for their own and they dont have patrtiotrism to their cuntry and their fellow citizen.
Then this has been also brought to the tourism industry, forestry and fishery. if we take into consideration also these areas could make profit which could be used to make annual buget which would chang e current situation of the depency.
In this situation the worst situation there is a need of change where an individual would change and activate others. then the policy would be revised so as to be suitable for the development. also all things must be done for national not individual or personal.
The challenge would be the responsible person is everybody to take action so that non would not left to make decision for personal benefit. then the civil society organizations would be among of the activist to the rural and unaware people on the true directions.

By Kalisto Mfuse

Untapped Tanzanian Economy

Speaking in the official opening of Young Environmentalist Trainee training at Tanzania Episcopal Conference Center, the honorable John Lomoy, the ambassador of Norway to Tanzania, acknowledged Tanzania of being endowed with a lot of natural resource ranging from biological like wildlife, forestry, fisheries, water and minerals that could bust the economic development of the country. He pointed out that it is amazing in the world of economic Tanzania being still ranked in the poor countries in the world. He further said poorest of the country has rendered inadequate education service, poor health services that have been reflected in death of pregnant mothers and young. Among other problem that has been the result of the situation is the ongoing malaria disease, HIV and the workshop diseases where people has seen as the loop hole to fraud the donor funds.
Owing to that situation, he said that why Norway through its embassy in Tanzania and in collaboration with WWF TPO and WWF Norway has decided to fund the programme to rescue the situation.

Honorable ambassador also added that Norway in the last hundred years so to speak was poor, as Tanzania seems to be. But he said they were able to develop with their resource by having what he called “three pillars”,
1.The strong government that created sound policies, laws and ensuring their implementation,
2. Strong private sectors that helped the government through taxation and
3. Active civil society organizations that put pressure on the governance of the government.
He called upon Tanzania to adapt some of the same strategies so as to get rid of poor economic situation that it does not deserve as far as being endowed with resource to develop. And it is upon the Young Environmentalist Trainee to oil the wheel as the change agent to make the programme more successfully for the national betterments.

The Ambassador was speaking at the opening of the new YET-programme of World Wide Fund for nature Tanzania Programme Office (WWF TPO) in cooperation with other CSOs. The programme has been running since January 2008, implementing a programme to strengthen the capacity of Tanzania environmental civil society organization. The goal is to make them more conscious of their role as watchdogs, more actively engage in the management of environment and natural resource. In this year WWF TPO has added a group of Young Environmentalist Trainee that will be trained by WWF TPO to act as “change agents” when working with the community Society organization. The programme being funded by Norway government through its embassy here in Tanzania.

By William Nambiza

CSOs of Tanzania must unite and organize!

We have been asking why most of Tanzanian are poor despite the endowment of Natural Resources. This can be due to our ignorant and reluctance as we don’t count, we don’t know and also we don’t care of the importance of our resources we have been given by God. God provided to us those resources very purposeful. Why, he didn’t give others? But we don’t see all these as were considering the hungry of others but yourself we are dying with hunger. We are still sleeping once we get up all our resources will be perished away as those who are awaken are using our resources effectively.
This is all caused by combination of factors like poor policies, corruption and misuse of power as few are benefiting on the expenses of many people. The important sectors like fisheries, forestry and wildlife how comes contributing very little to our economy what makes me to want is where our leaders are getting money to build big houses and buy very luxury cars while mass of Tanzanian are poor.
The government is responsible for all happening, whom they are leading, why do they prefer more outsiders rather than indigenous? CSOs are also involved.
All these we can overcome if CSOs we unite, organise, awaken and provide awareness to the local communities on issues concern their rights patterning to natural resources.
Each one must be involved, let us be the agents of change, let us say enough is enough and fight for our rights.
Let us ask our leaders where are they getting money? By doing this our resources will be managed for sustainable utilization.

By Joyneth Mbogo

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