Wednesday, 20 January 2016 12:13

The rich are to blame….

The poorest half of the world’s population - 3.5 billion people - is responsible for just 10 percent of carbon emissions, despite being the most threatened by the catastrophic storms, droughts, and other severe weather shocks linked to climate change. These are the findings of a new Oxfam report, released during the ongoing climate talks in Paris, which also shows the world’s richest 10 percent produce around half of all emissions.
The Oxfam report, “Extreme Carbon Inequality,” provides new estimates of the lifestyle consumption emissions of rich and poor citizens in different countries. While negotiators might be working to reach an agreement based on the total emissions produced by their respective countries, this analysis helps dispel the myth that citizens in rapidly developing countries are somehow most to blame for climate change. While emissions are rising fastest in developing countries, much of this is for the production of goods consumed in other countries, meaning that the emissions associated with the lifestyle of the vast majority of their citizens are still far lower than their counterparts in developed countries.
Oxfam’s head of food and climate policy, Tim Gore, said: “Climate change and economic inequality are inextricably linked and together pose one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Paris must be the start of building a more human economy for all – not just for the ‘haves,’ the richest and highest emitters, but also the ‘have-nots,’ the poorest people who are the least responsible for and most vulnerable to climate change.”

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 11:58

USAID helps 940 Iringa villagers to own land

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has mapped and registered land for more than 940 Ilalasimba villagers in Iringa Rural District to help rural people own land.

Launched in 2014, the project developed a participatory methodology to implement the pilot by combining use of technology with village-wide training.
Dubbed “Mobile Application to Secure Tenure (MAST), the  project aims at building knowledge and strengthen capacity to help resolve disputes in the villages.
It also helps villagers to identify parcel boundaries and gather the demographic and tenure information to enable the government to issue formal title deeds for their land.
About 75 per cent of Tanzanians live in rural households with little opportunity for economic growth and access to safe water, sanitation and land tenure.
Through MAST more than 940 villagers of Ilalasimba received formal documentation of their Land, launched in 2014.
USAID has developed a participatory methodology to implement the pilot, combining the use of technology with village-wide training on Tanzania’s land laws to build knowledge, strengthen capacity and dispute resolution.
The pilot tests an innovative approach to mapping and registering land rights at Ilalasimba through easy to use, open-source mobile application.
The project empowers villagers with the training and tools to identify parcel boundaries and gather the demographic and tenure information, which government officials need to issue formal land rights documents called Certificates of Customary Rights of Occupancy.
The founders, USAID, implemented the project as well as Cloudburst Group the consultant, CARE International and a local Tanzania Grassroots Oriented Development (TAGRODE), based in Iringa.
According to Executive Director of TAGRODE, the first phase of the pilot is Ilalasimba, Iringa Rural District that falls in the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), a zone of interest for both Tanzania and USAID.
Maize is the principal crop, but there are several secondary cash crops grown by inhabitants like tomatoes, sunflower and tobacco.
“The village has an estimated area of 31sq km and a small population of 325 households or with more than one thousand people,” he said.
He said Cloudburst Group implemented MAST project for USAID, which is piloting a project to crowd-source land rights information at village level in the country for mobile technology.
The Cloudburst Group Mobile Technology Lead (Land Tenure and Natural Resources Management), Jeffrey Euwema, said MAST project supports identified needs of Tanzania to improve land governance and lower the cost of land certification programmes.
The pilot tests a new, participatory approach for capturing land rights information, as well as a lower cost methodology for quickly building a reliable database of land rights claims.
“MAST may be particularly helpful to the government as an alternative to more traditional, and more costly, land administration interventions,” he said.
He said formal land administration systems (LAS) in developing countries have generally not met the need for accessible, cost effective and appropriately fine distinction land registration.
Harold Carey, Economic Growth Officer from USAID, said that large majorities of rural people  (and many urban people) live without formalised rights to land and other valuable resources.
He said lack of documentation may constrain the ability of individuals and communities to leverage their land-based assets for improved economic outcomes, to limit environmental harms, and to engage in collaborative contracting with prospective investors in land that leads to equitable sharing of benefits.
Simon Elias Salichuma (49) who is one of the beneficiaries of Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy (CCRO) told The Guardian that the arrival of MAST project was a savior.
There were lots land conflicts involving farmers and animal keepers and also between farmers and herders.  The project is also expected to transform their lives, using CCRO to get loan from financial institution as collateral.
And also Yolanda Ngunda (51), a widow from same village, said she was happy with the project because it has demarcated her parcel of land and added that they would be no boundary conflicts.
Ilalasimba village at Nzihi Ward in Kalenga Division is fairly representative of an average Tanzania village.
Ilalasimba women have greater security and protection for their assets, with MAST registering 30 per cent of parcels in the names of women alone.
Forty per cent were registered jointly to men and women and another 30 per cent to men alone.


Tuesday, 26 May 2015 13:04

Innovative Work with Cloudburst

Innovative Work with Cloudburst

In collaboration with Cloudburst CARE is piloting a new, participatory and innovative approach in capturing land rights information by using mobile phones. It is a low cost methodology that can quickly, map and record a reliable inventory of land and issue CCRO certificates. The key objective of the pilot project is to improve land governance and lower the cost of land titling programs, test a range of technology tools for the capture and maintenance of land rights information, engage citizens and communities to improve tenure security and understand land rights, explore how the results from the pilot can be shared and lessons and practical applications expanded, replicated and scaled up in Tanzania. How exactly is this done? There is a mobile data capture application which provides spatial visualization of units using GPS. It is able to capture, manually draw and map land. That land can then be registered to an individual. The application will generate CCRO certificates for selected property using the registration information and all the data is stored in a cloud which can be accessed through a web based application as well. 
Since starting work early this year the mapping exercise is almost completed and approximately 900 parcels of land have been mapped and registered. Women have also been found to be more proactive in demanding for their rights to own and control land primarily as a result of outreach and awareness programs facilitated through TAGRODE. The data cleaning process has commenced and CCRO certificates will be printed starting 24 May, a ceremony to hand out the certificates will be held in the week of the 15th of May

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:58

Broken Dreams in Burundi

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Broken Dreams in Burundi

On May 13th, Major General Niyombare launched a coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza, after weeks of violent protests against the president's bid for a third term. As a result of the turmoil, an estimated total of 105,000 people have fled the country, to Tanzania (WHO assessment, 19-May-15). Out of these around 79,000 are located at the entry point of Kagunga at the shore of the lake, 20,000 have been relocated to Nyarugusa camp, and 11,000 are in transit. Moist refugees are women and children, and reportedly family of soldiers engaged in the coup. Tanzanian authorities are registering the entrees before transferring them to Nyarugusu camp. There are 9 registration points. Nyagugusu camp is likely to be unable to host all refugees and a new site for a second camp is being identified. In Kagunga there is severe overcrowding and critical needs of clean water, adequate sanitation, health care, food and shelter and education. A cholera h outbreak has already resulted in the death of 8 refugees and there is a threat that the disease may spread. A total of 520 suspicious diarrhoea cases have been diagnosed. CARE Tanzania is positioning itself to provide support to the Burundi refugees. It intends to work through local organizations to serve refugees with critical needs. It has identified three organizations, who in their turn expressed interest in working with CARE. CARE‟s regional emergency officer Benoit Munsch will be conducting a needs assessment and stakeholder analysis at the end of May.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 11:45

International Women's Day

All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. The theme for 2015 is ‘Make it Happen’ and it encourages effective action for advancing and recognizing women, in Tanzania, Africa and across the Globe.
While the new millennium has seen some progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, a lot still has to be done. The numerous acts of courage carried out by women and their determination to make positive changes have made contributions to our communities and countries. Although positive gains has been made the world remains unequal and African women especially face various obstacles including limited education, high levels of maternal mortality and financial exclusion, not to mention gender based violence. Across the globe women face various stereotypes and discrimination based on gender that affect their health, economic status and literacy to name a few.

And if we took a moment to imagine a society where women were given equal opportunities and allowed to reach their full potential we would imagine a society that is much further ahead than we are today. The Wezesha strategy focuses on Women in rural, food insecure households whose livelihoods depend on natural resources and climate change. We envision a Tanzania where women are empowered to realize their social, political and economic rights and together we can make a difference. As we celebrate International Women’s day in 2015, let us all recommit ourselves as CARE International in Tanzania and do our utmost to advance gender equity. Evidence shows that countries with more gender equality have better economic growth and are happier societies. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Equality for Women is Progress for All!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 11:13

Albinos under Attack

An albino child with his schoolmates  Photo: ALAMYOn 17 February 17 the mutilated remains of a 1 year old albino baby boy with were discovered by police in Geita, Tanzania. His arms and legs were hacked off. Two days earlier his homestead was attacked by five unidentified men with machetes. Three of them seized his father while the other two forced their way into the house where his mother Ester was preparing the evening meal. The child was abducted, killed and some of his remains dumped.
On 6 January 6, 2015, a 4 year old boy with albinism,
Karim Kassim, narrowly escaped abduction in a suburb of Mwanza Town. Two men on a motorcycle drove around his house repeatedly. The neighbors warned the family of the attempt of abduction, whereupon his mother locked him in the house. The assailants were chased away also with the help of the neighbors. The incident was reported to the police.

In February of 2014 a 17 year old woman with albinism, Masalu Masanja, was gang-raped by five men on her family farm in Gasuma in north-western Tanzania. She contracted 2 STDs and became pregnant from the rape. Government officials brought Masalu and where she was treated for the STDs and in November of 2014 gave birth to a baby girl without albinism. She does not know who the father of her child is and suffers from deep physical and psychological trauma as a result of the attack.
This unimaginable evil is driven by the belief (in some areas of the country) that the body parts of albinos possess magical powers capable of bringing riches if used in potions produced by local witchdoctors. Leaders in the albinism community believe that many of the attacks and killings remain undocumented and thus the numbers are likely much higher than records show. While Tanzanian police first started documenting them in 2006, it is widely known that these witchcraft related assaults against albinos have been going on since time beyond memory. Reports indicate that albino body parts are being exported outside of Tanzania. In one instance, a Tanzanian trader was caught traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the head of an infant albino in his possession. He told police that a businessman was going to pay him for the head according to its weight.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:41

Australia in Africa


The Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) is supporting girls in Singida with sanitary pads and changing rooms. The initiative is implemented in Tanzania by CARE Tanzania, Caritas Tanzania, Marie Stopes Tanzania, WaterAid Tanzania and World Vision Tanzania. 

This is one of activities supported by AACES in health, water, sexual reproductive health, agriculture, sanitation and hygiene sectors benefiting over 48,000 women and children in communities around Tanzania. The launch event was organized by CARE graced by Achilles Ndyalusa, Senior Community Development Officer of the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children and his counterpart Ms. Leisa Gibson, the First Secretary for Development Cooperation with the Australian High Commission in Nairobi.