Why are Western donors withdrawing aid from Tanzania?


The embassies of Sweden and the Republic of Ireland in Tanzania have confirmed that they are no longer providing the Tanzanian government with budgetary support, the BBC’s Sammy Awami reports from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

The Tanzanian finance ministry said on Wednesday that 10 Western donors were withdrawing the direct financial support they give the government (see earlier entry at 09:39).

It leaves the European Union (EU), the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Denmark as the four remaining donors, according to the finance ministry, local media reports.

It represents another blow to the government of President John Magafuli after the US pulled $472m (£331m) of funding for development projects because of concerns over recent elections in Zanzibar.

The Swedish embassy said in a statement that their decision was not connected to Zanzibar, but rather due to “corruption surrounding the energy sector” and the scheduled expiration of the current agreement.

The Republic of Ireland embassy said it had “no further plans to release budget support” and that the last payment was made in June 2015.

One regional analyst has tweeted a cartoon that Tanzania’s privately-owned Guardian newspaper, portraying the apparent dash for the exit by donors in recent days:


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