Tanzania in Africa

In Tanzania, International Cooperation works with local partners to support young women and men in promoting their democratic participation, their economic opportunities and opportunities for decent jobs. We also try to improve people’s access to public services; special health, education and water and sanitation.

Population: 55,451,343 million inhabitants (2018)

Proportion of the population below the poverty line: 22.8% (estimate 2015)

GDP per capita: $ 3.2 – 1993 out of 228 countries (2017 estimate)

Literacy: 77.9 (2015 estimate)

Life expectancy: Women 64.6 years. Men: 61.6 years (estimate 2018)

Children per woman: 4.71 (2018)

Location measured by prosperity and development: No. 154 of 189 countries

President: John Magufuli since 2015

Sources: CIA World Fact Book and UN (Human Development Index)

According to A2zgov, Tanzania has for many years been characterized by democratic progress and economic growth. Unfortunately, many Tanzanians are still without democratic influence, and fundamental civil and political freedoms are under pressure.

Economic growth also does not benefit many Tanzanians, either in the form of better jobs and economic opportunities or in the form of better public services, such as health, education and water and sanitation. Young women and men in Tanzania are under-represented in the political processes and have difficulty entering the formal labor market and thus limited economic opportunities.

The work of Interfaith Cooperation in Tanzania stretches back more than 50 years, and we have therefore followed and contributed to Tanzania’s development since independence. Today, we collaborate with ActionAid Tanzania and local partners in three focus areas, all of which focus on young people.


Democratic participation and youth representation

Inter-People’s Cooperation supports ActionAid Tanzania and local youth organizations in developing movements and strategic alliances to increase young people’s representation in democratic political processes and institutions. It includes support to create democratic spaces for young people at the local level and for young people’s involvement with e.g. parliamentarians and ministries.

Economic opportunities and decent work

Inter-People’s Cooperation supports ActionAid Tanzania and local youth organizations in organizing, creating alliances and developing alternatives that promote their financial opportunities and opportunities for decent jobs. It includes support for their struggle to increase and improve practical and vocational training for young people, in particular with a focus on the technical and vocational skills that are in demand in the labor market.

Progressive taxation and equal access to public services for women and men

Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke supports ActionAid Tanzania and local partners in working to increase the tax base in Tanzania, i.a. by closing gaps in the tax equation used to provide multinational corporations with tax incentives. Local partners are also supported in holding local and national authorities accountable for providing public services to women and men, in particular health, education and water and sanitation.


The Interfaith Cooperation’s approach is based on international human rights, including that people have the right to a life free from poverty and to participate in public affairs. We focus on supporting people in organizing themselves to create progressive change in their society. Our methods include support for and collaboration on organizational development, new alliances, sustainable alternatives, information and campaigns, as well as documentation and analysis. In Tanzania, both with counseling and inspiration assistance, capacity building and learning initiatives, and the Intercultural Cooperation Training Center for Development Corporation (TCDC) in Arusha contribute to supporting the quality and creativity of the work and to building the capacity of ActionAid Tanzania and their local partners so they can drive the work efficiently.

Inter-People’s Cooperation contributes to Tanzania being able to achieve the 17 World Goals for Sustainable Development , which were adopted in 2015 by all countries in the UN , through sustainable development . As a member of ActionAid International (insert link to AAI), working in 45 countries, Intergovernmental Cooperation can help create coherence between local, national, regional and global initiatives to combat poverty and promote democracy and sustainable development.


In Tanzania, Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke collaborates directly with ActionAid Tanzania and thereby with a number of their local partners. It ensures that the work in Tanzania is locally driven and anchored, and it contributes to the results of the work being sustainable.

The work of Interfaith Cooperation in Tanzania is supported by our members, Danida and the EU. Read more about Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke’s EU-supported EC-PANAF project , which aims to strengthen democracy and the democratic participation of young people in a number of African countries.


You can travel to Tanzania with the Intercultural Cooperation’s travel program Global Contact . We have been working in the region for a long time and have a large network, so the opportunities for volunteer work in Tanzania are many. You can choose to teach children and young people at a school that you can lend a hand with at an orphanage or in a kindergarten.

Tanzania in Africa