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Activities in Tanzania

JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) in Tanzania

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On March, 1967, the first JapanOverseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) arrived in Tanzania. Since that time, over 1,500 Japanese youth have been dispatched to Tanzania.

The JOCV programme in Tanzania focuses on three priority areas;

  1. Economic growth towards poverty reduction
  2. Infrastructure development sustaining economic growth and poverty reduction
  3. Improvement of public services to all citizens

Currently, around 60 JOCVs are working at the grassroots level in various areas in Tanzania, such as the biggest city (Dar es Salaam), inland area (Morogoro, Iringa and Dodoma), the Indian Ocean coast area (Bagamoyo), Moshi at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, inland city of Lake Victoria (Mwanza), high land areas (Mbeya and Songea), and in Mtwara and Masasi, along the Mozambique border.

Most of the rural areas where JOCV work face problems of shortage of water and power failure unlike of Japan, but people are very friendly and willing to cooperate with people from outside like JOCV who work for their development.

JICA Volunteers are mainly working in the following fields;

Priority Area: Economic growth towards poverty reduction
JOCV fields: Agriculture and Fishery

photoMs. Fujinuma (JOCV) teaches students how to sort out fry

Since the agricultural sector is the pillar of economic growth as it accounts for about a quarter of the GDP and since about 80% of the people in Tanzania are engaged in agriculture, JICA implements several projects in this field through Grant Aid and Technical Cooperation.

In thevolunteer programme, some JOCVs are working on aquaculture or marine product processing in marine products training schools, and thus contribute to the training of the personnel who will play active roles in fisheries in the future. Moreover, as there is increasing expectation of contributions of Japanese volunteers in the agricultural sector, a volunteer for rice crop cultivation is planned to be dispatched soon.

Priority Area: Economic growth towards poverty reduction
JOCV fields: Vocational Training

photoMr. Endo (JOCV) instructs students on auto mobile services

There are many vocational training schools in Tanzania and JOCVs are working at many of them. VETA(Vocational Education and Training Authority)is the national level authority for vocational training and run vocational training schools for youths with O-level education who want to learn professional skills. JOCVs are working as instructors for auto mobile services, computers, designing, etc.

Moreover, JOCVs are working at tourism colleges, teaching cooking or tourism. Since Tanzania has high economic growth, capacity building is crucial, and these JOCVs who learnt high technologies in Japan are expected to contribute much in this field.

Priority Area: Improvement of public services to all citizens
JOCV fields: Local Government

photoMr. Kato (JOCV) introducing GIS to Department of Land Environment at Bagamoyo District Council

As capacity enhancement in Public Financial Management is one of the development issues of Tanzania, JICA through the volunteer programme assists Local Government Reform, especially on capacity enhancement in public financial management and community development. Through the dispatch of volunteers in various fields (landscaping, surveying, public services, computer technology, community development, youth activities, etc), JICA contributes to the efficiency of works and enhancement of capacity of staff at district councils, municipals and city councils, and establishment of own initiatives for community development.

Moreover, through the mutually complementary activity by volunteers, and the activities which were supported through technical cooperation projects, the synergistic effects are heightened.

Priority Area: Improvement of public services to all citizens
JOCV fields: Health

photoMr. Tatsumi (JOCV) is phsiotherapist at Dodoma Regional Hospital

To support capacity enhancement in Public Financial Management which is one of the development issues of Tanzania, JICA volunteers support Health Systems Strengthening. JOCVs in the fields of nursing or physiotherapy are working at various levels including National, Regional and district hospitals, and at health departments of regional and district councils. JOCV nurses and hospital management staff are working together to improve health services and capacity development at councils through propagation and establishment of 5S-KAIZEN (quality management). There are also a few volunteers who work as pharmacists teaching at medical institutions. In this field too, through the mutually complementary activity by JOCVs, and the activities which were supported through technical cooperation projects, the synergistic effect are heightened.

Priority Area: Improvement of public services to all citizens
JOCV fields: Education

photoMs. Akahori (JOCV) teaching as a science and mathmatic teacher

In the field of education, JOCVs are working for the promotion of science, mathematics and physical education in primary and secondary schools.

JICA contributes in the enhancement of mathematics education in Tanzania through cooperation among volunteers who are teachers of science and mathematics. Moreover, JICA comprehensively supports education required for growth of human beings, such as cultivation of aesthetic sensitivity and life skills, through the dispatch of physical education teachers, youth activity volunteers, etc.


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