Tanzania: World Bank supports expanded access to opportunities and services, especially for women and youth

WASHINGTON DC May 27, 2021 – To help improve access to rural roads and employment opportunities, strengthen the learning environment and alignment of priority education programs with the labor market in select schools higher education, and increasing access to high-quality broadband Internet services, the World Bank today approved three projects with combined funding of $ 875 million from the International Development Association (IDA *).

“The approval of the three projects reflects the strong support of the World Bank for Tanzania,” said Hafez Ghanem, regional vice president of the World Bank. “We want to continue and even strengthen our partnership with Tanzania in its efforts to fight poverty and ensure a better standard of living for its people. The investments supported by the three projects will help accelerate growth by expanding access to economic opportunities, especially for women and youth.

“The experiences of successful economies in transition have shown that strong human capital is fundamental for long-term growth and the development of an economically secure middle class,” said Mara Warwick, Country Director of the World Bank. “These projects prioritize these investments, which will enable households at all income levels in Tanzania to benefit from the growth.”

The funding supports the following projects:

  • The Roads to Inclusion and Socioeconomic Opportunities (RISE, $ 300 million) project will provide more rural Tanzanians with access to good roads to enable them to access services and economic opportunities. RISE will modernize roads with climate resilient approaches in six rural districts in four regions – Geita, Tanga, Lindi and Iringa – by promoting a sustainable model of routine maintenance, removing bottlenecks that prevent road improvement. rural roads and integrating people-centered community engagement approaches. . RISE will also generate around 35,000 civil engineering jobs, including 19,000 community-based routine maintenance contracts involving rural communities, of which at least 20 percent of these jobs are held by women. The project will also help lay the foundations for a higher level of ambition for inclusive and sustainable management of rural road assets in Tanzania.
  • The Higher Education for Economic Transformation project (HEET, $ 425 million) aims to strengthen the learning environment, ensure better alignment of priority curricula with labor market needs, and improve management of the workforce. higher education system. HEET will achieve its goal by (i) strengthening and enhancing the capacity of 14 public higher education institutions in Mainland China and Zanzibar to become high-quality learning centers, focusing on areas with the greatest potential for growth over the next decade; and (ii) improving the management of the higher education system through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and subsidiary agencies. Among the main results, participating universities will add or modernize more than 260 university programs in priority areas, with more than 100,000 students benefiting from direct interventions to improve learning.
  • The Digital Tanzania Project (DTP, $ 150 million) will increase access to high-quality broadband internet services for government, businesses and citizens, and improve the government’s ability to deliver digital public services. This objective will be achieved through four components: (i) the digital ecosystem: strengthening the laws, policies, regulations, institutional and human capacities necessary to promote investments in ICT infrastructure, market competitiveness, ‘digital engagement, job creation and innovation; (ii) digital connectivity: ensuring access to affordable and high quality Internet services for all citizens, including in rural areas, and for key government institutions; and (iii) digital platforms and services: strengthen technical capacities, skills, institutions and local digital infrastructure so that the government can provide services to citizens and conduct its own activities digitally. By the end of DTP implementation, more than 75% of the Tanzanian population will be covered by a broadband mobile network signal (3G or higher); some 425 ministries, departments and agencies will benefit from broadband Internet service; and a minimum of 40 percent of citizens (aged 15 and over) will be able to use the Internet. The number of monthly transactions accessing a public service via the Internet or a mobile phone will drop from 200,000 to at least 500,000.

* The World Bank International Development Association (IDA), established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and loans at low to zero interest rates for projects and programs that stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and improve the lives of the poor. IDA is one of the most important sources of assistance for the 76 poorest countries in the world, including 39 in Africa. IDA resources are making positive changes for the 1.6 billion people who live in IDA countries. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 113 countries. Annual pledges have averaged around $ 21 billion over the past three years, of which around 61 percent goes to Africa.

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