Girls learn how to use computers at a youth centre in Tanga (Tanzania).

Core area “Peaceful and inclusive societies” Creating transparency in the financial system, strengthening women’s rights

Cooperation in the core area “Peaceful and inclusive societies” was newly agreed at the government negotiations in autumn 2021. The main focus of this cooperation is on good financial governance and on human rights with an emphasis on the rights of women and girls.

Good financial governance

Transparency and accountability in the administration of public finances are important cornerstones for democracy, the rule of law and sustainable development. In the field of good financial governance, Germany is contributing towards strengthening Tanzania’s system of public finances. The central focus of the cooperation in this area with the Tanzanian government and the National Audit Office of Tanzania is on external auditing, internal auditing, ways to increase public revenues and the dialogue between public authorities and citizens.

Cooperation on these topics has already helped to increase public revenues significantly, and to improve the dialogue between local government, the private sector and civil society.

Human rights and gender equality

Despite efforts by the government to promote gender equality, violence against women and children is still widespread in Tanzania. Violent incidents happen both within the family and at school or in the workplace, and are often not reported to the police. Girls are particularly affected. They experience sexual abuse, child labour, early marriage, teenage pregnancies and female genital mutilation. Their overall situation means that they also have a higher risk of HIV infection than boys.

A new project under Technical Cooperation is intended to facilitate access to justice for women and girls, thus helping to prevent gender-based violence. Close cooperation with the justice system and with civil society is planned.

Furthermore, Germany is promoting media freedom and media diversity in Tanzania, and also programmes in the context of sport for development.

As at: 10/03/2022