Switzerland is helping to fight poverty in the central corridor of Tanzania (regions around Dodoma). It is engaged in activities aimed at improving access to high-quality healthcare, promoting employment and improving incomes in rural areas, and strengthening civil society and independent media.

Map of Tanzania

For decades, Tanzania has been improving its Human Development Index (HDI). Nonetheless, it ranked just 154th out of 189 countries in 2017. Its ranking is mainly due to inequalities between rural and urban populations: the proportion of people living below the poverty line is more than 30% in rural areas compared to 4% in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania's ambition is to become a middle-income country by 2025.

From a societal point of view, Tanzania has made progress although achievement of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals varies greatly from one sector to another: in school education, for example, Tanzania has almost reached universal access but still faces problems in terms of quality. Child mortality has been significantly reduced. The situation of Tanzanian women, particularly girls, remains precarious, particularly given the high rates of early marriage and pregnancy and the prevalence of violence against women.


Accessible, high-quality care

Switzerland is working to improve the availability and quality of medical care for communities in remote areas. The emphasis is on consolidating the system of funding, decentralising the health system and promoting research projects to identify the country's medical priorities.

Fighting malaria

The SDC is supporting the Tanzanian government in implementing a national programme to combat malaria. The programme helped reduce the malaria mortality rate by half between 2005 and 2016.

Health – A prerequisite for development


Transparency and responsibility 

Switzerland promotes dialogue between civil society and the authorities with the aim of fostering a culture of transparency and civic responsibility. Switzerland also aims to strengthen local authorities’ capacity to provide better services, and it supports the government in combating corruption.

Swiss international cooperation provides financial assistance to independent media, especially rural radio stations to ensure that the public has access to high-quality information and people are able to assert their rights more effectively.

Conflict prevention

Switzerland implements conflict-prevention measures with the aim of strengthening inter-community dialogue, particularly by involving religious leaders.

Democratization - Fundamental for effective aid

Fragility and violence impede poverty reduction

Economic development

Farmers' organisations defending their interests

Switzerland supports the development of the agricultural sector to create economic opportunities for the rural population, particularly women and young people. Farmers' organisations need to be able to defend the interests of their members in order to improve their living conditions, by ensuring their interests are taken into account in government policy.

More jobs for young people

Switzerland is helping young people to access the labour market by bringing the content of vocational training courses into line with the skills sought by employers. The SDC supports vocational skills development projects for young people in rural areas who have dropped out of school. It is also actively involved in the vocational skills development system, upstream in the training of trainers and in the development of suitable programmes.

State and Economic Reforms

Transversal themes

Gender equality and HIV/AIDS

Switzerland actively promotes gender equality in all of its projects. Another of its central concerns is to prevent HIV/AIDS by raising people's awareness of the issue and calling for non-discrimination.

Gender equality – gender and women's rights

Approach and partners

Switzerland closely coordinates its aid with the Tanzanian authorities, other donor countries and international organisations. To achieve its goals, it cooperates in different ways with Tanzanian, Swiss and international agencies (contributing to projects, mandates).

  • Swiss NGOs: Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Swisscontact, Solidarmed
  • Research: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Ifakara Health Institute
  • Government: ministries; regional/local authorities
  • Tanzanian NGOs: Foundation for Civil Society, Tanzania Media Fund, Policy Forum, Tanzanian Forest Conservation Group, Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF), MWIVATA (national network of smallholders farmers), among others.
  • International NGOs: SNV, Simavi
  • Multilateral organisations: World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, UNESCO
  • Bilateral aid donors: public development agencies (Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland)
  • History of cooperation

    Projects in a single region

    Switzerland has been involved in development cooperation in Tanzania since 1960. Its activities were stepped up in 1981 when it opened a cooperation office in Dar es Salaam. Its programme is aligned with Tanzania's poverty reduction strategy and coordinated with the work of other countries and international organisations. Political and technical dialogue with partner agencies takes place at both central and local level. Switzerland's cooperation strategy for 2015–20 aims to reduce poverty in Tanzania by supporting the development of an equitable society and growth for all.

Current projects

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Planned project

Towards Elimination of Malaria in the United Republic of Tanzania (TEMT)

01.04.2024 - 31.03.2032

Tanzania made massive progress in malaria control through innovative approaches over the past decade. To sustain and expand these results, the program will capacitate Tanzanian institutions to engage in subnational, intersectoral and cross borders malaria elimination strategies in the region whilst continuously informing the global malaria policies and technical guidelines with practices from Tanzania. Switzerland is a recognised global expert in malaria, providing a strong rational for a renewed Swiss commitment towards “a malaria free world” by 2030.

Planned project

Skills for Employment Tanzania – SET

01.07.2022 - 31.12.2029

This multi-layered program aims at enhancing prospects of gainful youth (self-) employment through a contribution to improved access to agricultural skills, and cross sectorial support to relevance and quality of Vocational Skills Development (VSD) by fostering existing institutions. Focus is placed on the coordination of skills providers and market players and on innovative solutions. The aim is to generate wide impact in order to significantly address the needs in VSD, particularly those of women.

Planned project

Domestic accountability and local revenue mobilisation

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2023

The project will support national and local government actors to increase local revenue generation alongside improving their capacities to exercise internal and external control functions. Equally importantly, dialogue and exchange between the local population and local authorities will also be fostered in order to make the collection and use of public funds more transparent, local authorities’ behaviour more accountable and thus improve service delivery.

Grain Post-Harvest Loss Prevention (GPLP)

01.11.2017 - 31.03.2020

GPLP aims at improving food security and income of small holder men and women farmers in the Central Corridor of Tanzania by addressing major constraints in post-harvest practice, access to improved technologies and adoption, knowledge sharing and related policies. Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation is implementing GPLP using a market system development approach and working through multi-stakeholder partnerships with private sector and public organizations. This is the second and exit phase of GPLP.

SCOPE - Sustaining a Culture of Peace

01.03.2017 - 31.12.2025

Increasing tensions based on political, religious, socio-economic and natural resource-based conflicts indicate that Tanzania’s culture of peace needs strengthening. SDC will therefore promote the use of peaceful means to prevent and deal with conflicts. It will support the Government to establish a conflict early warning and response system, and state and non-state actors to increase public space to address conflictual topics, in particular for women and marginalized.

Skills for Employment Tanzania – SET

Babati, Tanzania

01.03.2017 - 30.06.2022

SET seeks to enhance youth (self) employment by improving the Vocational Skills Development (VSD) system. It will support public and private stakeholders to expand access to quality training that matches the demand from both the economy and youth, in particular women, including young mothers. Key elements from the Swiss VSD model will be emphasized: the coordination between skills providers and private sector, practical training and innovation.

Cultural Programme Tanzania (CPT)

01.09.2016 - 31.12.2019

This programme uses a comprehensive approach to promote local culture and livelihood opportunities for young artists, and for social cohesion. It aims to do so through institutional and specific projects’ support. The programme is in alignment with SDC’s Culture and Development Policy that supports devoting a minimum of 1% of SDC’s operational budget in a country to initiatives in the local artistic and culture sector.

Transforming Tanzania's Charcoal Sector

01.12.2015 - 30.11.2019

The project formalizes, up-scales and promotes a tested and functioning model of a sustainable, more energy efficient charcoal value chain. A Community Based Forest Management approach contributes to the generation of higher incomes from charcoal and other forest products and related royalties invested into community development through local governance mechanisms, benefitting 80’000 villagers. The existing model of 8 Kilosa villages is extended to 22 new villages in 3 districts through practical stakeholder training.

Performance-based Health Basket Fund

01.11.2015 - 30.06.2020

With its contribution to the health basket fund Switzerland supports the Government of Tanzania, in particular local governments, to accelerate equitable access to health services by women, children and isolated rural populations. Switzerland, as chair of the health development partners group, will lever the Fund resources through policy dialogue to create an innovative financing modality to ensure the utilization of all Tanzanians of quality health services.

Opportunities For Youth Employment

01.07.2015 - 30.09.2019

SDC contributes to the existing project Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) implemented by SNV since September 2013, for its upscaling in Tanzania. OYE aims to improve the livelihoods of young women and men by developing and expanding their set of skills and by matching them with existing rural job markets and opportunities for self-employment in agri-business, renewable energy, sanitation and hygiene in 5 regions of the Central Corridor (CC). Co-funding donor of OYE besides SDC is the MasterCard Foundation.

HPSS – Health Promotion and System Strengthening Project in Dodoma, Morogoro and Shinyanga Regions

01.06.2015 - 30.09.2019

The Health Promotion and System Strengthening project (HPSS) is improving access to and the quality of health services both in terms of the demand (health promotion, health insurance) and the supply side (drug procurement; health technology maintenance). After a successful pilot phase in the Dodoma region, the Tanzanian government is requesting the SDC to expand this approach to two other regions with a focus on those most at risk (the poor, women, children, youth and the elderly).

Anti-Corruption Support Programme (ACS)

01.05.2015 - 31.12.2024

The programme will build technical capacity in the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau to more effectively investigate complex financial corruption cases and increase asset recovery. This will reduce impunity, return financial resources and have a preventive effect. The programme will also promote collective action between state and non-state actors to build a social climate that is adverse to corrupt practices.

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