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Danida is the term used for Denmark's development cooperation, which is an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Denmark has a long-standing tradition of fulfilling the UN goal that the world’s rich countries should contribute minimum 0.7 percent of the gross national income to development assistance. As one of very few countries in the world, Denmark has done so since 1978. Danida has the responsibility for the planning, implementation and quality assurance of Denmark’s development cooperation.

Denmark’s Strategy for Development Cooperation

In June 2021, Denmark adopted “The World We Share”, a new strategy for development cooperation. The strategy will set the direction for Danish development cooperation for the next four years, 2021-2025. The strategy centres on two strategic themes:

  • Creating hope and helping more people better in the world’s most challenging areas. This entails curbing poverty and inequality, fragility, conflict and displacement, and irregular migration.
  • Being in the front line in the fight for climate, nature, and environment – in order to ensure a world in balance.

Human rights and democracy will be the groundwork cutting across the strategy. This will be reflected in a particular focus to assist the most vulnerable groups and the rights of women and girls.

The process to launch a new strategy started in January 2021 and has entailed a consultation process yielding around 100 inputs from stakeholders (civil society organisations, the private sector, research organisations, citizens, etc.), many debates and events, and a round of political negotiations. The new strategy replaces the previous 2017 strategy “The World 2030”.

Denmark-Tanzania Cooperation

For decades, Tanzania has been one of the top recipients of Danish development assistance and Denmark is among the larger bilateral donors to the country.

However, in August 2021 it was announced by the Danish Government that the Royal Danish Embassy in Tanzania will close in 2024. This will happen as a part of a new global strategy, which adjusts Denmark’s international presence. The adjustment entails an upscaling of some existing diplomatic missions and the closure of others. The strategy has a strong emphasis on addressing fragility, countries in conflict or crisis, displacement and irregular migration.

In Africa, this entails an increased geographical focus on the Sahel and the Horn of Africa and neighbouring countries. Against this background, the Danish Government has decided to phase out the bilateral development cooperation in Tanzania and close the embassy. Denmark will honour already agreed financial commitments. Denmark wishes to consolidate the many achievements that Denmark has contributed to over the past six decades with Tanzanian partners. Additional funds for exit activities have been set aside in order to ensure a gradual and responsible phasing-out of the longstanding development cooperation in Tanzania.

Towards 2024, our work remains based on the overall vision to enable all Tanzanians to take an active part in the country’s development and to ensure a continuation of its long history of peaceful coexistence, democracy and development. The three main strategic objectives of Denmark’s cooperation with Tanzania are to assist and promote the Tanzanian government’s efforts to:

  1. Reduce poverty and inequality and to ensure equal access of quality social services,
  2. Promote inclusive green growth and employment, and
  3. Strengthen democracy, good governance, rule of law and respect for all human rights.

Our previous country programme for Tanzania (2014-2020) was extended to 2021 with additional funds that makes it total 2.05 billion DKK (approx. 283 million USD). In order to phase out of this programme responsibly an additional 200 million DKK (approx. 28 million USD) has been set aside.

Transitional appropriation for the Tanzania-Denmark Country Programme

In 2021, additional DKK 100 million was allocated as a transitional appropriation for the Tanzania-Denmark country programme extending it by one year. The additional support has a clear focus on climate/green, health/SRHR, and youth/jobs.

The support within the areas of climate/green and youth/jobs focuses on accelerating implementation of PASS Trust’s Inclusive Green Growth strategy to promote and facilitate green investments within agriculture. A new partnership with Danish Refugee Council seeks to increased access to alternative and more sustainable energy for cooking and reducing environment degradation in refugee camps and host communities in Kigoma region. Within the area of youth/jobs, a new partnership with SNV will support implementation of the project Opportunities for Youth Employment. The project seeks to empower young women and men by enhancing their skills, increasing their access to finance, and creating opportunities and promoting green jobs. 

Within the area of health/SRHR, the support focuses on contributing to health systems strengthening and improved access to basic healthcare for all through the joint basket fund under the Ministry of Health. Further, support Marie Stopes Tanzania in their efforts to reduce the high number of unwanted pregnancies and bring down maternal mortality by providing increased access to family planning.

Economic Management and Fiscal Governance

The programme on Economic Management and Fiscal Governance aims at improving mobilisation and management of public funds for better and more equitable social service delivery, transparent and accountable governance, and a more conducive business environment for investment and sustainable growth.

To achieve the objectives programme supports different areas including:

Tax modernisation and revenue mobilisation

Denmark supports the modernisation of the tax system by contributing to make the tax administration more efficient and targeting long-term sustainable tax financing of the public sector and ultimately reducing Tanzania's dependency on foreign aid. The support involves basket funding to Tanzania Revenue Authority supplemented by technical assistance to facilitate capacity development within areas of ICT.

Research for Evidence-Based Policy-making

Denmark supports research collaboration with the Department of Economics, University of Dar es Salaam and REPOA to build capacity and promote independent evidence-based research for policymaking. Focus is on poverty alleviation and inclusive growth to contribute to development and socio-economic transformation.

Public Financial Management

Until June 2021 Denmark supported the government’s efforts to promote PFM reform through the Public Financial Management Reform programme. The support aimed at addressing areas of fiscal sustainability and balance in the public economy, reallocation and restructuring for growth and poverty alleviation and improved public sector performance.

Economic and Fiscal Governance

From 2017-2020 Denmark provided Sector budget support to the Ministry of Finance and Planning combined with a strategic dialogue with all relevant stakeholders. The support focused directly on budget credibility, administration and mobilisation of revenues, expenditure management for improved service delivery, and sound domestic accountability.


Health Sector Programme Support

Denmark has been a partner in the health sector for several years and has enjoyed the longstanding collaboration with partners, donors and stakeholders in Tanzania. 

Since 1996, the support has been provided through the long-term Health Sector Programme Support (HSPS) and each phase has continued a number of strategic elements and achievements of previous efforts.

The Danish support to health in Tanzania was most recently divided in six engagements: Two public with support to respectively Health Basket Fund Mainland and Zanzibar Health Basket Fund and five public-private partnerships with support to the Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA), Sikika, the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), Marie Stopes Tanzania (MST) and the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT). Overall the engagement focused on ensuring the delivery of quality health services for all, health system strengthening and women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

The Health Sector Programme Support V ended in 2021 together with the overall Denmark-Tanzania Country Programme. Since Denmark is now phasing out bilateral development cooperation in Tanzania, an exit programme has been designed to ensure a responsible phasing out of the country programme and consolidate the results achieved.

Three partners within health will receive phasing-out grants during 2022-2023: Health Basket Fund (HBF) Mainland, the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) and Marie Stopes Tanzania (MST). These prioritised engagements have a strong focus on system strengthening for increased sustainability and provision of health services to the most vulnerable and services within SRHR.

Health Basket Fund (HBF) Mainland
HBF Mainland is a pooled funding arrangement created to support health system strengthening and increase equal access to quality primary care services to all Tanzanians. Funds are channelled directly to more than 6,600 primary health facilities to secure equal access to health services. Extra focus has been given to improving maternal health, upgrading primary facilities to provide comprehensive emergency obstetrics and new-born care. The HBF has a strong ethos of reaching underserved populations and ‘Leaving No One Behind’. Denmark was one of the founding partners of HBF in 1999 and continued the support ever since. The exit funds set aside for HBF is DKK 60 million.

The Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT)
CCBRT was established in 1994 as a non-profit NGO to reach poorest in Tanzania by offering free or subsidised care and treatment. CCBRT is the largest provider of disability and rehabilitative services in the country, with such services as clubfoot treatment, fistula, eye and cleft lip/palate surgeries, as well as production of prosthetic and orthotic devices (legs and eyes). CCBRT also seeks to prevent disability through early identification by strengthening the maternal and new-born health system by transferring skills and capacity to health staff in 23 public health facilities in Dar es Salaam, thereby raising the quality of maternal and new-born care and save the lives of women and children by reducing mortality. The exit funds set aside for CCBRT is DKK 20 million.

Marie Stopes Tanzania (MST)
MST was established in 1989 to fulfil the rights of Tanzanians to sexual and reproductive health services. This includes sexuality information and education, contraception, comprehensive post abortion care, and screening for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and cervical cancer. The main strategic objectives for MST are to expand access to modern contraceptive choice and to bring family planning and safe post abortion care closer to all citizens. MST is the largest private provider of family planning services in Tanzania, providing free services to the poor and underserved population in hard-to-reach areas. MST works through clinics, mobile outreach, and through public sector support where MST transfers sexual and reproductive health-skills to public health facilities through an embedded nurse programme. The exit funds set aside for MST is DKK 20 million.

National health strategies


Health in Tanzania

Business Sector

Denmark has been supporting the Tanzanian business sector since the late 1990s. The purpose is to improve the business environment that is necessary for business to be competitive, grow and develop. The programme is currently in its fourth phase with a total budget of 600 million DKK for the period 2013-2019.

The Business Sector Programme Support (BSPS), currently in its fourth phase (BSPS IV), focuses on smallholder farmers and businesses related to agriculture including local processing of agricultural crops to add value to the crops. The aim of BSPS IV is to increase employment and income opportunities for farms and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in a way that is environmentally sound, and where businesses respect and promote human rights.

Denmark intends to contribute to Tanzania’s vision of becoming a middle-income country by 2020; Analysis shows that Tanzania needs a competitive business sector, which can create wealth, productive jobs and contribute to government revenue through paying tax.

Through three main initiatives, the design of BSPS IV addresses some of the major factors hindering private sector growth and employment:

Agricultural Markets Development Trust (AMDT)

AMDT forms the heart of the programme. Denmark – in collaboration with other donors in Tanzania – supports farmers and businesses within sunflower oil, maize and pulses production and processing in order to realize their growth potential. Key interventions include linking the farmers and the agri-businesses to relevant markets and supporting removal of obstacles, which prevent farmers and business from realizing their growth potential. Interventions under this, adding value locally to the selected crops, are facilitated and managed by AMDT, which is jointly financed by Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and Switzerland.

Improved Business Climate (LIC)

The initiative supports local government authorities and business communities in selected geographical regions of Dodoma and Kigoma to identify obstacles to business development and improve the implementation of the existing legal framework. Small infrastructure investments shall address identified obstacles, and thus help unlock local business potential and economic development.

Improved Access to Finance

This initiative focuses on finance for small and medium sized enterprises, agricultural finance and mobile money. The support is continuations and expansions of the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) and the Private Agricultural Sector Support (PASS) Trust. Both organisations have been successful in facilitating access to finance for a large group of Tanzanians. The continued support will allow PASS and FSDT to reach a larger number of MSMEs, farmers and agribusinesses.

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Good Governance and Human Rights

Promotion of good governance and human rights are critical to enabling socio-economic transformations and improvements of lives through the eradication of structural inequality and poverty.

The Good Governance and Human Rights Programme has a strong focus on strengthening the voice for less privileged groups, such as women, youth and people living with disabilities  in Tanzania. The programme contributes to the overall objectives of the Country Programme, mainly through demand-side to counterbalance support to Government. The programme will empower the National Assembly, Commission for Good Governance and Human Rights (CHRAGG), Civil society organizations and citizens to (i) demand accountability and transparency from Government and (ii) promote and defend human rights, and in particular the rights of women and girls.

The programme is implemented through multilateral organisations UNDP and UN Women, as well as local civil society organisations TWAWEZA, Policy Forum, Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), Legal Services Facility (LSF), Tanzania Women in Media Association (TAMWA) and Femina Hip.

Demand accountability and transparency from Government

Accountability and transparency will be enhanced through a UNDP-coordinated multi-donor Legislature Support Project supporting the National Assembly to perform its core functions of citizen representation and executive oversight more effectively. Policy Forum focuses on budget analysis and monitoring of public expenditure and policy processes through its network of numerous organisations and its interaction with parliamentary committees. Twaweza focuses on improving open government through innovative approaches to social accountability, citizen engagement, and citizen-led monitoring of selected SDGs. Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) provides grants and capacity building to mainly rural organisations that promote accountability and government responsiveness.

Promote and defend human rights

Human rights, and in particular women’s rights, are promoted by support to women rights organisations through the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) to advocate against traditional harmful practices (FGM), land rights and participation for women. The Legal Services Facility (LSF) is increasing access to justice and legal empowerment for women and girls. The Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG), Tanzania’s National Human Rights Institution, provides a mechanism for protection of human rights to resolve human rights and governance grievances.

Through media campaigns against gender-based violence, TAMWA Zanzibar seeks to influence behaviour change in the communities. Femina Hip promotes behaviour change among youth, especially girls, in empowerment on sexual and reproductive health and rights, voice and participation.

In the short-term, change is expected in terms of a stronger and more vocal civil society, increasingly demanding transparency and responsive governance from duty bearers, as well as increased access to justice for women and men. A particular change is expected in terms of increased awareness of and respect for women’s rights.

The Embassy also seeks to ensuring equal participation of women in peace and security through a UN Women-coordinated project supporting the development of Tanzania’s first National Action Plan to operationalise the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.


Danida's Anti-Corruption Policy

The Danish Embassy in Dar es Salaam is working according to the Anti-Corruption Policy developed for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Anti-Corruption Policy and the definition of Corruption is found here: Anti-Corruption ( You can also read about how the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs define zero tolerance towards corruption.

To learn more about anti-corruption research, you can visit the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre web page, here you will also find some practical guidelines. The U4 institute receives support from Denmark.

If you want to report on suspected misuse of Danish Development support, go to this link: Report Corruption (


Research Programmes and Danida Fellowship Centre

Development research is an important tool for Denmark in order to deliver first class development assistance and for developing countries to fight poverty and create development.

The Danish support to development research takes place through The Consultative Research Committee on Development Research (FFU), Building Stronger Universities (BSU) and support to international research. You can read more about the modalities here.

Denmark supports several projects in Tanzania through FFU including pilot research projects as well as support to centres, networks, platforms and support to international research. For information regarding projects in Tanzania, please visit Danida Research Portal. The portal contains a database of basic information about current and recently funded research projects with links to project websites and publications (where available).

Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) implements fellowships and administrates research activities as part of the Danish development assistance programme. Read more about DFC here.