What the World Bank’s $ 875 million financing means for Tanzania

By Rosemary Mirondo

Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s efforts to improve higher education, roads as well as increased broadband internet services for government, businesses and citizens received a boost yesterday after the World Bank approved funding combined $ 875 million (approximately Sh2 trillion) for three development projects.

Funding from the International Development Association (IDA) aims to help improve access to rural roads and employment opportunities, strengthen the learning environment and align priority education programs with the market work in some higher education institutions, and improve access to high-quality broadband Internet services. .

“The approval of the three projects reflects the strong support of the World Bank for Tanzania,” said Mr. 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, ”he said. “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.”

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Access to roads

The funding supports projects, including the Roads to Inclusion and Socioeconomic Opportunities (Rise, $ 300 million) project that will enable more Tanzanians in rural areas to access healthy roads to enable them to access services and facilities. economic opportunities.

“ Rise ” will improve roads with climate resilient approaches in six rural districts of four regions – Geita, Tanga, Lindi and Iringa – by promoting a sustainable model of routine maintenance, removing bottlenecks that prevent improving rural roads and integrating a 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, at least 20 percent of these jobs being 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.

Higher Education

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 higher education system.

“Heet” will achieve its goal by 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 development. growth over the next decade; and improving the management of the higher education system through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and subsidiary agencies. Among the key 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.

internet services

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: the digital ecosystem: strengthening laws, policies, regulations, institutional and human capacities necessary to promote investments in ICT infrastructure, market competitiveness, digital engagement , job creation and innovation; digital connectivity: ensuring access to affordable, high-quality Internet services for all citizens, including in rural areas, and for key government institutions.

Other digital platforms and services: Build technical capacity, skills, institutions and local digital infrastructure for government to provide services to citizens and conduct its own business 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.

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