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Good Governance

Denmark actively supports Tanzania in advancing and consolidating human rights, good governance and democracy. These areas are considered an integral part of enhancing a country‚Äôs opportunities to finance its own long term social development.

Why is Denmark supporting good governance?

Good governance is essential to ensure favourable conditions for the private sector and the efficient delivery of services. The public sector must be able to meet the basic needs of the people and provide the necessary framework for growth, development and more open societies. 

How is Denmark supporting good governance?

Improving good governance in Tanzania requires:

  • An increased demand from citizens, Parliament and media for accountability of state institutions and Government;
  • A strengthened supply of systems that improves transparency and enforcement of laws, regulations, systems and procedures.

The Danish governance programme (2011-2015) with an amount of DKK 250 million aims to improve good governance by supporting both supply and demand side in three components:

  • Democratic interaction and accountability are supported through support to the Foundation for Civil Society and Tanzania Media fund. The aim of this component is to make the Tanzanians aware of their rights and responsibilities and as a part of this create af more open society.
  • Legal sector support aims to create increased access to legal aid though support to the Legal Services facility and support to the Tanzanian Legal Sector Reform Programme.
  • Public financial management by supporting the Government of Tanzania's Public Financial Mangement Reform (PFMRP IV), where Denmark has specific focus on Key Results Area 1, Revenue Mangement, and in addition support is given to the Tax Modernization Program of Tanzania Revenue Authority.


Since the introduction of the multiparty system in 1992, Tanzania has seen a significant increase in political freedoms and an improved regulatory framework has been established. The government is inreasingly being questioned by Parliament, the political opposition, media and civil society on governance issues. Civil society organisations have increased in number and capability, and Parliament has embarked on a modernisation process. However, significant challenges persist.

Although the roles and responsibilities of the Executive and the Legislator are in principle clearly separated, institutional checks and balances still remain insufficient. This results in considerable discretionary powers for the Executive.

Even though civil society organisations, media and Parliament have increased in capability, these institutions are still weak. Also, despite its significant progress in the 2010 general elections, the political opposition remain relatively weak and fragmented. In Zanzibar, good governance and respect for political freedoms remain limited.