Thursday, December 14, 2017

Norway adds over Sh11bn to UN Tanzania development programme

 

By The Citizen Reporter @TheCitizenTZ news@thecitizen.co.tz

Dar es Salaam. The Norwegian Embassy has signed an agreement with One UN Tanzania Programme, adding about $5.1 million (about Sh11.4 billion) to an earlier agreement on the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II).

Norway’s total contribution to UNDAP II is about $10.5 million (about Sh23,6 billion). The agreement was officially signed earlier this December at the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam during a ceremony between Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania Hanne-Marie Kaarstad and UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative Alvaro Rodriguez.

The additional support will be given to agriculture in the Kigoma Joint Programme and expanding support to the UN for implementing the government’s national action plan to fight against violence against women and children.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania hailed the government’s efforts to accommodate about 340,000 refugees in Kigoma Region.

“The government of Tanzania has requested for support from development partners to bring benefits to host communities and provide results that go beyond immediate humanitarian needs. Norway’s funding for the UN Joint Kigoma Programme is our response to that request.”

The ambassador also noted that Norway was a long-term global supporter of women’s rights. Norway’s support to UNDAP II has so far empowered women through entrepreneurship training and contributed to efforts to end violence against women and children.

Ambassador Kaarstad stressed that Norway’s support to the UN. “We believe having the UN delivering as one will enable the UN to increase its impact on the ground for the benefit of all Tanzanians.”

Mr Rodriguez thanked both the government and the people of the Kingdom of Norway for their sustained support, noting that Norway had been a steadfast development partner for One UN activities and for Tanzania.

“Norway has been a strong partner of Tanzania and the United Nations for many decades,” he said.

Mr Rodriguez expressed that One UN Tanzania was eager to further strengthen its partnership with Norway in the coming years to assist Tanzanian men, women and children to reach their full potential.

Norway’s contribution will be channelled through the Tanzania One Fund, which is a fund established for UN agencies in the country to help implement the United Nations Development assistance plan 2016-2021 (UNDAP II).

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