The Assistant Director-General and Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Ambassador Nicolas Randin, visited Tanzania from 3 to 8 December, this year.
The trip was an opportunity to meet with partners and visit projects supported by the Government of Switzerland in Tanzania.
During his stay, the Assistant Director met with members of civil society, project partners, government officials and development partners.
The agenda also included visits to Swiss-supported projects in Dodoma, Morogoro and Coast Regions. Ambassador Randin was accompanied by the SDC Head of Eastern and Southern Africa Section Ms. Katharina Stocker and the SDC Head of the Peace, Governance and Equality Section Ms. Christine Schneeberger.
On 4 December, the delegation had a meeting with key partners from the media, anti-corruption and civil society projects. During the meeting, partners shared their views on the evolution of the political context and the role of Civil Society Organisations in the country.
The delegation visited a public works project supported by TASAF at Ruvu Darajani Village in Chalinze and exchanged with a number of beneficiaries supported by the social protection scheme. In Dodoma, they met with peer educators and healthcare providers supported through the Safeguard Young People (SYP) programme and had a chance to interact with young mothers who have received life, sexual health, leadership and entrepreneurships skills.
The delegation also visited a Folk Development College supported by the Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) project in Morogoro; visited the Ifakara Health Institute in Bagamoyo; and Kilimo Fresh, a recipient of an impact-linked loan under the Impact-linked Fund for Eastern and Southern Africa (ILF ESA) project. All projects are supported by the Government of Switzerland.
Switzerland has supported bilateral and regional projects in Tanzania since the early 1960s. In 1981, Tanzania became a priority country for official Swiss development assistance. The Swiss Cooperation Programme Tanzania 2021 – 2025 has a strong focus on empowering young people, especially poor young women, to advance socially and economically. Through the SDC, Switzerland continues to work with its partners to strengthen state institutions, promote civic space and improve youth livelihoods. This year, the SDC allocated CHF 24.5 million to support development projects in Tanzania.