Shaping Tanzania’s Urban Future: TAMFI’s Participation in the National Development Vision 2050 Workshop by FES

Participation in a National Development Vision 2050 Workshop marked a significant moment for the Tanzania Association of Microfinance Institutions (TAMFI), as it engaged in discussions vital to shaping the future of urbanisation in Tanzania. Hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in collaboration with the Tanzania Youth Vision Association and the Just City Platform, the workshop convened stakeholders to delve into emerging trends and developments in urbanisation, viewed through the lens of creating a ‘Just city.’

The workshop, held on 25th April 2024 at the FES offices, aimed to accomplish two primary objectives. Firstly, it provided a platform for diverse stakeholders to analyse current trends and emerging dynamics in urbanisation within Tanzania. Secondly, it sought to develop strategic topics imbued with the principles of a ‘Just city,’ which would subsequently be presented to the National Commission of Planning for consideration.

The proceedings commenced with introductions, followed by a presentation of the evaluation report on the Tanzania Development Vision 2025, which is nearing its conclusion. The report focused specifically on Target #4, which emphasises the attainment of an adequate level of physical infrastructure, including real estate and improved shelter.

Subsequently, participants engaged in a thorough analysis of urbanisation trends, encompassing historical, current, and emerging patterns. These discussions served as a foundation for delineating various scenarios, with a particular emphasis on critiquing existing models and envisioning a just city for the future.

Through collaborative dialogue and deliberation, participants outlined key strategic areas essential for advancing the vision of a just city. These areas encompassed diverse aspects, including, but not limited to infrastructure development, social equity, inclusive economic growth, sustainable waste management – transforming organic waste into biofuels for public transport and recycling all plastic waste, access to decent and affordable housing that is making it a fundamental right for all, along with improved infrastructure, public services and environmental sustainability and disaster preparedness – that is, laws on environmental issues would be prioritised and well-coordinated and citizens would have ownership over their data.

Upon validation of the recommendations generated through the workshop discussions, participants reached a consensus to proceed with the next steps outlined in the workshop agenda. These steps entail further engagement with the National Planning Committee to ensure the integration of identified strategic priorities into the broader framework of Tanzania’s development agenda.

In essence, TAMFI’s participation in the National Development Vision 2050 Workshop exemplifies its commitment to contributing meaningfully to the socio-economic transformation of Tanzania, particularly in the realm of urban development and inclusive governance. By actively engaging in such platforms, TAMFI continues to champion the principles of equity, sustainability, and social justice in shaping Tanzania’s future trajectory.