Thursday, December 7, 2017

Norway gives $5.1 million more to One UN Tanzania

Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania Hanne-Marie

Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania Hanne-Marie Kaarstad exchanges documents with TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) board chairman Ali Mufuruki in Dar Salaam on Wednesday. This was after the duo completed signing a Memorandum of Understanding to support the second phase of TMEA programme worth $6 million. The programme is aimed at increasing trade within the East African Community and the rest of the world. Middle is TMEA country director John Ulanga. PHOTO | ERICKY BONIPHACE 

By Deogratius Kamagi @Deogratiuskamagi

Dar es Salaam. The Norwegian embassy has on Wednesday, December 6, signed an agreement with One United Nations Tanzania which has added $5.1 million (about Sh11.4 billion) to the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) agreement.

With the additional funding, Norwegian assistance to the UNDAP (2011-2021) amounts to $10.5 million (equivalent to Sh22.5 billion).

The new fund will be directed to the UN Kigoma Joint Programme ) which was launched in September and specifically help develop agriculture.

The main purpose of the programme is to assist the local population and development of Kigoma Region.

Speaking during the signing event, Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania, Ms Hanne-Marie Kaarstad, said the grant is part of effort to support expansion of the joint programme, particularly in the agriculture sector.

The additional support will also support the UN for implementing the Tanzanian government’s national action plan to combat violence against children.

“The primary reason is to provide support to enhance food security for both the refugee population but also for the local population in areas surrounding refugee camps” she said.

“The second area is to support the fight to end violence towards women and children in Tanzania. Already, we have supported empowerment of women through entrepreneurship as well as contributed to efforts to end the violence,” said the envoy.

For his part, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Alvaro Rodriguez thanked both government and the people of Norway for their sustained support noting that Norway has been steadfast development partner for one UN activities as well as for Tanzania. 

“It has been a strong partner of Tanzania and the UN for many decades. Focusing on the needs of vulnerable women and children, these resources will make an important contribution to dress the need of those furthest behind as called in the global goals,” he said.

The contribution, according to him, will be channeled through the Tanzania One Fund, which was established for UN agencies in the country to help implement the UNDAP II (2016-21).