Topics & Events

October 31, 2014 Ibaraki City, Japan, Donates 500 Bicycles to Siha DC
October 1, 2014 [The Project for Widening of New Bagamoyo Road] completed
June 18, 2014 Study on Development of New LGA Assessment Guide, Operational Guide and M & E Framework for Local Government Development Grant System
June 16, 2014 Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Government of United Republic of Tanzania
May 2, 2014 [Technical Cooperation] Project for Capacity Development in Regional Health Management Phase 2 – Newsletter No.5
March 12, 2014 Two Tanzanian Women Entrepreneus attend "Japan-Africa Business Women Exchange Program" in Japan and one speaks of her experience at a panel discussion.
March 11, 2014 Signing of Grant Aid Agreement with Tanzania –Boosting the Zanzibar Fisheries Industry through Port Fish Market Improvements–
January 30, 2014 Promotion of Industry in Tanzania – Kaizen and Beyond (external link)
January 17, 2014 Japan Launches Another Assistance: The Project for Reinforcement of Power Distribution in Dar es Salaam and The Project for Widening of New Bagamoyo Road
October 18, 2013 Tanzania hosts Training Course on ‘Quality Improvement of Health Services by 5S-KAIZEN-TQM’ for 11 Countries of Africa
October 1, 2013 Handing-over Ceremony of Grant Aid to Provide Fertilizer –Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers–
August 20, 2013 How JICA contributes to Investment in Tanzania
June 18, 2013 Japanese ODA Loan for the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania –Improving Investment Climate and Public Financial Management for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction–
June 11, 2013 Inauguration Ceremony for "The Project for Reinforcement of Power Distribution in Zanzibar Island"
January 8, 2013 Warm Smiles Welcome 11 New Japanese Volunteers
December 19, 2012 From Japan to Living in Chiungutwa - Masai
April 24, 2012 The 2nd Stakeholders Meeting on Freight Transport Master Plan
April 17, 2012 Sharing achievements and the way forward of the TANRICE: Technical Cooperation in Supporting Service Delivery Systems of Irrigated Agriculture (TC-SDIA/TANRICE)
April 12, 2012 Launching of the New Water Project: to enhance DDCA's capacity to support the water well drilling industry
November 11, 2011 One Style of Cooperation - Knowledge Sharing between Tanzanian Women and JICA volunteers - (November 9-11, 2011)
August 29, 2011 Grant Agreement for Two Projects; "Project for Construction of Rusumo International Bridge and One Stop Border Post Facilities" and "Project for Improvement of Transport Capacity in Dar es Salaam (Detailed Design)"
July 25, 2011 Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation for "Project for Enhancement of Water Supply Management of Zanzibar Water Authority Phase2"
June 28, 2011 20 Japanese Volunteers Arrive in Tanzania
June 22, 2011 JICA's Volunteers finish their assignment in Tanzania
April 16, 2011 Teaching Skills Workshop for Secondary School Teachers (April 15-16, 2011)
March, 2011 Early Childhood Education in Mbeya
March 29, 2011 Grant Agreement for "The Project for Reinforcement of Power Distribution in Zanzibar Island"
March 29, 2011 16 Volunteers Arrived Tanzania from Japan
March 24, 2011 Grant Agreement for Two Projects; "Project for Rehabilitation of Substation and Transmission Line in Kilimanjaro Region" and "Project for Construction of Rusumo International Bridge and One Stop Border Post Facilities (Detailed Design)"
February 16, 2011 JICA Press Tour to Mbeya: Project for Capacity Strengthening on Labour Based Technology at ATTI (February 14-16, 2011)
January 20, 2011 Members of Japanese families visit Japanese Volunteers in Tanzania
January 17, 2011 JICA and Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) support Tanzanian vocational teachers to up their teaching skill
January 6, 2011 Japanese Teachers arrived Tanzania to work for two years
December 28, 2010 JICA Support 10 Motorcycles to 5 Local Government Authorities
December 2010 Environmental Education at Schools in Masasi
December 2010 JOCV Members of Computer Sub-Committee make Leaflets to educate PC users
November 18, 2010 Grant Agreement for Poverty Reduction Strategy
October 18, 2010 Grant Agreement for Two Projects; "Project for HIV/AIDS Control" and "Project for the Improvement of Display and Audiovisual Equipment for the Visitor Centre at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area"
October 16, 2010 Peace Exhibition of HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI, JAPAN held at Njombe (October 15-16, 2010)
May 2010 Vanilla Tea from Morogoro Village
September 30, 2009 Completion and Inauguration Ceremony of "the Project for Water Supply Development around the Metropolitan Area "
September 25-29, 2009 Launching Workshop of In-service Training for Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teachers in Tanzania
September 2009 JICA Tanzania Office New Chief Representative
September 2009 Workshop on Providing Library Services for Children – September 2009
August 24-25, 2009 Teaching Skills Workshop for Science and Mathematics Teachers (24th – 25th Aug. 2009)
August 17-21, 2009 EFI Workshop at Mtwara Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre (RVTSC)
August 21, 2009 Inauguration Ceremony for the Project for the Improvement of Masasi - Mangaka Road

Vanilla Tea from Morogoro Village

May 2010

photo New Brand "African Pride Vanilla Tea"

Support from 3 JOCVs to Vanilla Farming

AFRI TEA AND COFFEE BLENDERS Limited has started to sell New Brand Tea, VANILLA TEA. This product is a fruit of supports of three Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) who have been dispatched to Morogoro District Council. 
In our area of activity, Mkuyuni Ward, Morogoro District, most of the villagers cultivate maize or paddy. Their cash incomes are brought by selling fruits like mangos, pineapple which are plenty in this area. Mr. Kawai, the first JOCV dispatched as an agriculture officer to this ward, introduced vanilla trees to Mkuyuni villagers in 2004 in collaboration with other ward and district agriculture officers. Their goal was to increase cash income. Since 2006, Ms. Akasaka, the second JOCV, succeeded his duties, and kept on giving advice to farmers on how to cultivate and maintain vanilla trees.

Farmers Group :Twanduseni

Because Vanilla takes almost 3 years to get the first flower since it is seeded, it is difficult for farmers to concentrate on it. Ms. Akasaka was working with Twanduseni Vanilla Growers Group, which was established by 16 vanilla farmers in Mkuyuni ward in 2006, trying to encourage farmers through seminars and farm visitations.
In 2007, they witnessed the first blossoms. At that stage, farmers were needed to make pollination by human hands, and this process is very complicated. Through Ms.Akasaka's support, they could manage it, and in 2008 they got vanilla harvests of 7 kg.

Toward to getting profit

photo Our first vanilla goods

The sweet smell of vanilla is produced through a process of more than 4 months. Without this long process, vanilla has no brand value. The prices of unprocessed vanilla and processed one are quite different. In 2008, farmers in Mkuyuni could not process by themselves, so the income which they got by selling vanilla was so small.
It is very important for farmers to process vanilla by themselves, so that they can get enough profit. Ms. Matsuki, the 3rd JOCV to Mkuyuni, got support from JICA for preparation of processing tools. In 2009, we tried to process vanilla by themselves.
In 2009, vanilla farmers became 80, and the total harvest was 90kg before processing, or 18kg after processing. This was a great increase compared to 2008, but it is still small scale for business. In this scale, we started to sell goods at souvenir shops in Morogoro and Dar es Salaam.


Collaboration with Farmers Group in Bukoba

photo Vanilla Farmers Group in Mukuyuni

We had been looking for a way to do steady business with our vanilla. After all, AFRI TEA AND COFFEE BLENDERS has decided to take our vanilla and produce a new brand "vanilla tea".
However, because of our small quantity of products, a vanilla farmers group in Kagera cooperates to supply vanilla to this company. Its continuity depends on the quantity of products that will be sold. But this is one of the big fruits and also a big hope of these farmers who were trying to cultivate without giving up since 2004.

(Hiroko Matsuki, JOCV)


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Completion and Inauguration Ceremony of "the Project for Water Supply Development around the Metropolitan Area"

30th September, 2009

photo People celebrating for the water supply facility

On 30th September, 2009, the completion and inauguration ceremony of the project for Water Supply Development around the Metropolitan Area was held at Minazi Mikinda / Kitomondo at Kibaha District in the Coast Region. The ceremony marked the official completion of Phase I and the beginning of the construction works for Phase II. The Exchange of Notes concerning the grant aid for the project was signed in July 2007 for Phase I and June 2008 for Phase II respectively. The Government of Japan provided a grant amounting to 1.7 billion yen, which is approximately 18.1 billion Tanzanian Shillings for the above mentioned project.

The Honourable Professor Mark James Mwandosya, Minister for Water and Irrigation and H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Ambassador of Japan, together with Mr. Yukihide Katsuta, the Chief Representative of JICA Tanzania Office, attended the ceremony. Other officials from the government as well as villagers from the project area also attended.

The Project for Water Supply Development around the Metropolitan Area is expected to improve the water service rate and living environment of the community through the construction of water supply facilities. Through this project, the number of people accessing clean and safe water will increase from about 16,700 to about 73,400. The water supply will be expected to go up from 25% to 67% in these areas.

People of this area now can fetch clean and safe water from small distances from their homes. The villagers say that they are now free from water-borne diseases such as dysentery and cholera which had been affecting them very often, and also from the risk of being attacked by crocodiles when they went to fetch water from the river.

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Launching Workshop of In-service Training for Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teachers in Tanzania

(Sep. 24 to 25, 2009)

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On 24 th and 25 th September, 2009, the "Launching Ceremony and Workshop of the In-service Training for Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teachers in Tanzania" was held at TEC-Kurasini, Dar es Salaam. The main objective of this workshop was to launch the Technical Cooperation (TC) and share information, e.g. Overall goal, purpose, expected outputs and inputs required from stakeholders.

Professor Hamisi Dihenga, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and Mr. Yukihide Katsuta, Chief Representative-JICA Tanzania Office officially launched the TC. Participants of the workshop included Regional Education Officers (REOs), District Education Officers (DEOs), members of the Tanzania Heads of Schools Association (TAHOSA) Secretariat, Heads of Proposed Regional Centers, members of the National Technical Team, Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teachers and various representatives from institutions and universities.

The Technical Cooperation is entitled "In-service Training for Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teachers". The TC is being implemented by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT) with support from JICA for three years from July 2009 to June 2012. The Department of Secondary Education of MOEVT is responsible for daily management of the TC. The aim of the training is to develop the capability of teachers in promoting quality delivery of mathematics and science curriculum content.

Overall Goal

Quality of science and mathematics education at secondary school level in Tanzania is improved.

Purpose of the TC

To ensure that the INSET system for secondary school science and mathematics teachers is strengthened.

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Since science education in Secondary Schools has been facing critical shortage of competent teachers, teaching and learning materials, equipment and chemicals and well equipped laboratories, this program aims to provide teachers with skills to enable students acquire knowledge and skills required by today's labour market and engage in life long learning.


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JICA Tanzania Office New Chief Representative

September 2009

photo Mr. Katsuta paid a courtesy call to Permanent Secretary of President Office, Public Service Management, Mr. Yambesi

JICA Tanzania Office received its new Chief Representative, Mr. Yukihide KATSUTA, in September 2009.

Mr. Y. Katsuta previously worked as an Assistant Resident Representative in JICA Tanzania Office for the development of Tanzania from 1990 to 1993.

Additionally, he was also assigned as a Resident Representative of JICA Zimbabwe Office from 2002 to 2004. This is the third time for him to work in Africa.

"I would like to make a contribution to the happiness of people in this country through working with JICA staff in the office, with JICA experts, consultants and Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) in the field, and with the Tanzanian people." He says.

Under JICA's vision of "Inclusive and Dynamic Development", we, JICA Tanzania Office, will go forward together with Mr. Katsuta, our new Chief Representative who has lots of experience with Africa.


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Workshop on Providing Library Services for Children

September 2009

photo A lecture on library services for children services

In September 2009, three volunteer librarians from Japan (Akahoshi, Kubo and Uno), each members of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), held a workshop on library services for children at the School of Library Archives and Documentation Studies (SLADS) in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

A positive childhood encounter with just one book fosters an interest that enables and motivates a love of reading. The Tanzania Library Services Board (TLSB) knows that providing library services for children is an important mission for public libraries. To that end, the TLSB encourages regional libraries to welcome children on Saturdays free of charge. But very often, regional library staffs are uncertain about how to cater to these young readers and foster in them a love for books. For this reason, the members of the JOCV Library Services Group decided to hold a workshop at SLADS on such services and to share their experiences from Japan.

photo A practical lesson on sharing books with young readers

This workshop provided a wonderful learning opportunity to over 200 SLADS students. SLADS is the only Tanzanian educational institution offering courses for future librarians, and its graduates form the core of each library throughout the country following their graduation. The workshop provided SLADS with new tools, enabling it to better provide its students with the proper skills and knowledge on providing library services for children, as well as other key related topics.


photo Learning how to engage children services

Currently, these JOCV librarians are working at regional libraries in Dodoma and Iringa, in addition to SLADS in Bagamoyo. In July 2009, they organized a similar workshop for the staff at the regional library in Dodoma. Akahoshi, Kubo and Uno gave a lecture on the basic concepts of implementing library services for children, and also practical lessons on how to best engage children with picture books. The entire Dodoma Regional Library staff attended this successful JOCV workshop.


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Teaching Skills Workshop for Science and Mathematics Teachers

(24th – 25th Aug. 2009)

photo Demonstration class for science

Some members of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) who are assigned in various parts of the country, in collaboration with Nachingwea Secondary School, held a Teaching Skills Workshop for Science and Mathematics Teachers on 24th and 25th August 2009. The workshop was held at Nachingwea Secondary School in Lindi Region.

The main objective of this workshop was to improve the teaching skills of Secondary School Teachers in the field of Science and Mathematics. And participants for the workshop were Science and Mathematics teachers, both Tanzanian and Japanese drawn from some secondary schools in Mtwara, Lindi and Dodoma Regions.

This workshop is the 8th to be held in the Southern Zone. The first such workshop was held in 2006 under the initiative of the Ministry of Education's Inspectorate of Schools Department (Southern Zone) where a JOCV Volunteer Coordinator was then working. Since that time such Workshops have been held at various schools in Mtwara, Masasi, Nangwanda and Nachingwea, where JOCVs were dispatched as teachers. This time the Workshop is organized by the Headmaster of the host Secondary School (Nachingwea Secondary school) in collaboration with a Japanese Volunteer who is currently assigned to that School.

photo Make teaching aids

These workshops provide an opportunity for both Tanzanian and Japanese teachers to watch some teacher's demonstration lessons and in so doing evaluate each other through the discussions that follow after the demonstrations. In addition to this the teachers, through the workshops, also have an opportunity to make easy and appropriate teaching aids. The teaching aids help curb the shortage of teaching materials in schools where they experience a shortage of such materials.

Through these unique workshops, teachers can learn better teaching skills which they can use to prepare good lessons which students have interest in. In long term, the workshops contribute a lot in improving the quality of Tanzanian education and skill of science and mathematics.


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EFI Workshop at Mtwara Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre (RVTSC)

(Aug. 17 to 21, 2009)

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The VETA (Vocational Education Training Authority), in collaboration with the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), held an EFI (electronic fuel injection) System Workshop on motor vehicle maintenance from August 17 to 21 2009 at Mtwara RVTSC. The purpose of the workshop was to demonstrate and instruct trainers of motor vehicle maintenance how the EFI system operates.

In this workshop, licensed automobile engineers volunteering from Japan transferred their knowledge of the EFI system to around 30 trainers from different RVTSCs, Vocational Training Centres and Folk Development Colleges throughout the country.

Although many new vehicle models are imported into Tanzania every day, those models will become dated in the near future as vehicle manufacturers develop new systems. However, there are still very few mechanics in Tanzania familiar with EFI systems and they are not able to repair vehicles equipped with them. Furthermore, Tanzanian motor vehicle trainers do not have direct access to new technology from vehicle manufacturers.

Because car manufacturers change systems on a frequent basis, trainers of motor vehicle maintenance at training institutes need to learn about the EFI system, and update their knowledge from time to time.

The EFI Workshop was fruitful because it enabled the participants to learn the latest technology for maintaining recent vehicle models. Moreover, the workshop will help the trainers to provide accurate and thorough training to trainees in the future.

The JICA Tanzania Office hopes that this sort of workshop will be held again next year through the continued joint collaboration of JOCV and VETA to provide information on the latest technology.

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Inauguration Ceremony for the Project for the Improvement of Masasi - Mangaka Road

(Aug. 21, 2009)

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On August 21, 2009, the "Inauguration Ceremony for the Project for the Improvement of Masasi - Mangaka Road" was held at Masasi. The Exchange of Notes concerning the grant aid project was signed in July 2007 for Phase I and June 2008 for Phase II. The Government of Japan provided a grant amounting to 1,450 million yen, which is approximately 15 billion Tanzanian Shillings, for the above mentioned project.
In the first phase of this project, the 15km length section has been paved, and the remaining stretch of 17.6km is now under construction in phase II. Phase III of the project, which covers 22.5km, is on the preparatory survey stage and will be paved. In total, 55.1km will be improved through this project.

H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Honourable Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa, Minister for Infrastructure Development, the Honourable Mr. William Ngeleja, Minister for Energy and Minerals, other dignitaries and Mr. Shuichiro Kawaguchi, chargé d'affaires, Embassy of Japan, attended the ceremony.

The Project for the Improvement of Masasi - Mangaka Road is expected not only to increase the economic activities around the Mtwara Development Corridor of the southern part of Tanzania, but also to improve the connection between Songea and the Mtwara - Lindi Regions.

Through improving accessibility, the project will also contribute to promoting agricultural products such as cashew nuts from the southern regions to Dar es Salaam and Mtwara ports, which will give greater economic and social benefits to the people living in these regions.

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