Tuesday, March 10, 2009


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.

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